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Jagdish Temple Udaipur: History, Architecture, The Deity, Timings and Festivals

Udaipur, the city of lakes, is home to numerous architectural marvels and historical sites. Among these, the Jagdish Temple stands out as a significant monument and a major tourist attraction.


Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53, the Jagdish Temple has been in continuous worship for over three centuries. Originally known as the temple of Jagannath Rai, it is now fondly called Jagdish-ji. The temple was constructed at an estimated cost of RS 1.5 million (or 1,500,000) in 1651.


Jagdish Temple Udaipur: History, Architecture, The Deity, Timings and Festivals

The Jagdish Temple is a splendid example of either Māha Māru or Māru-Gurjara architecture. This threestoried temple is built on a raised platform, showcasing the Indo-Aryan architectural style. The temple’s structure includes a double-storey Mandapa (hall) attached to a double-storey saandhara (with a covered
ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell roof), while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, nonfunctional stories.

The Deity

The temple sanctum houses an idol of Lord Jagannath, a form of Lord Vishnu or Krishna, carved out of a
single black stone. The idol, resplendent with four arms, flowers, and finery, is surrounded by four smaller
shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Surya, Goddess Shakti, and Lord Shiva.

Timings and Festivals

The Jagdish Temple is open from 4:15 am to 1:00 pm and again from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm. The temple conducts several Aartis throughout the day, starting with the Mangla Aarti at 4:30 am and ending with the Shayan Aarti at 8:15 pm.
The temple is known for its annual Rath Yatra, a beautiful event that attracts devotees from far and wide. Other significant festivals celebrated here include Krishna Janmashtami and Holi. During Holi, the temple hosts Phagotsav, where Lord Jagannath tours the entire city sitting in a palanquin and riding on the shoulders of devotees.

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