Situated within the City Palace complex of Udaipur, the Jagdish temple is the most popular temple structure in the city that attracts pilgrims from around the world. The temple is the perfect specimen of Indo-Aryan style of architecture with vast pillars, amazingly carved by hands of skilled artisans and with painted ceilings. The temple is 79 feet tall and thus, dominates the city skyline while adding amazing architectural beauty.
The largest temple in the city of Udaipur is situated centrally within the City Palace Complex that dominates the banks of the Lake Pichola. Situated adjacent to the lake is the massive City Palace Complex the seat of the ruling king of the bygone era, and within the complex lies the monumental temple. The main gateway to the temple is just 150 meters away from the Bada Pol of the City Palace.
Inspired by indo-Aryan design styles, this large temple has intricate craftsmanship boasting throughout the structure. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Laxmi Narayan.
The shikhar or spire of the temple is festooned with intricate sculptures of dancers, horseman, elephants and musicians, which is 79 feet tall. Thus, making it at absolutely wonderful sight.
All the pillars and walls of the temple have beautiful carvings of mythological tales and characters and the ceilings are hand painted. There are massive halls around the building, all of which took about 1.5 million rupees to be built back in those days of the early 1600s.
There are two giant elephant sculptures at the main entrance, and at the front there a large stone slab with inscriptions that refers to Maharaja Jagat Singh.
The main shrine is a long 32 steps climb away through a marble staircase.
There is a large brass image of Garuda, half-man and half-eagle, mythical creature known to guard Lord Vishnu.
Inside the main shrine houses the infamous four-armed image of Lord Vishnu, which was carved out of a singly black stone
The main shrine is surrounded by four other smaller shrines of Lord Ganesha, Sun Lord, Goddess Shakti, and Lord Shiva.
The Jagdish Temple was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651, whose reign lasted from 1628 to 53. The temple houses the shrine of Lord Vishnu, also known as the preserver of the universe.
As it is located centrally within the city complex, there are several eating and shopping options within a few meters distance. Within the temple complex only holy items and prashad items are sold along with flowers and other offering to the deity.
As it is a holy place expect the temple to be crowded, especially in the peak visiting hours during the daily puja.
If you are not accustomed to large crowds and long lines to visit the holy shrine, then visit during low activity hours or get a VIP ticket as is usually available for those who want to avoid crowds.