Udaipur was treating us really well. First, the food and then the Jagdish Temple, Udaipur; everything seemed in order. Perhaps the blessing of Lord Vishnu, the presiding deity in the temple had his divine intervention working for us. The car took us right in the chaotic hustle-bustle of the city proper where the temple was located. There was a lot to view. The kaleidoscope of colors in terms of the native women wear – the bandhanis and the lehariyas dominated our attention. The market place was alive and there was considerable crowd around the temple too.
The temple structure is impressive to look at. At the entrance are two sculptures of elephants that seemed to guard the doorway. A flight of steps took us to the second level of the temple where an idol of Garuda is placed which is the chief guardian of lord Vishnu. It is made in brass and looked half eagle and half man. The main idol of the Lord Himself is so striking that it makes you pause there for prayer and also in pure admiration for the person who must have carved it. There are other shrines too nearby which belonged to Sun God, Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakti and Lord Ganesha.
The puja is done here according to the Hindu rituals and customs and has been carried down since generations. Built in the Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple has graced the city since 1651 and is said to have been built by Maharana Jagat Singh, the ruler of Udaipur between 1628 and 1653.
The architecture of the temple is truly spectacular with the intricate carvings and the pillars. It is also said that the temple was constructed while adhering to all the Vaastu principles. The popularity of the place could be seen by seeing the amount of pilgrims that were worshiping in the Jagdish Temple, Udaipur and we also spotted some foreigners around the temple premise clicking pictures of the temple façade which possibly left an indelible mark on them too. The next day was scheduled for the visit to the Maharana Pratap Memorial Udaipur.