Exploring the Sanctity of Udaipur




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The Rajput dynasties of Mewar have hailed religion. God was worshipped as the supreme entity who had unparalleled powers. Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga were regarded as the presiding deities of the dynasty. Apart from Hinduism, the rulers of Mewar had encouraged and supported the propagation of Jainism as many majestic Jain temples can be found in the region. The essence of royal Rajput architecture can be found in the structures of the temples.

The temples of Udaipur are artistic marvels and also centres of devotion and piety. In this blog, we have enlisted some of the most magnificent temples of Udaipur that are a must-visit.

Top 8 Religious Places in Udaipur



1. Ekling Ji Temple


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Rating: 4.8 (based on 5966 google reviews)

Situated 22 kilometres from Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is among the most revered temples of Rajasthan. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and its impressive architecture draws tourists all round the year. The temple is double-storied and looks splendid with its pyramidical-styled roof and exquisitely carved spire.

This temple was built by Bappa Rawal in 735 AD, and Eklingji was regarded as the ruling deity of the Mewar rulers. A striking silver figure of Nandi is situated at the entrance of the hall and two other figures of Nandi made out of brass and black stone. The temple is suffused with a pleasant aroma and is renowned for the majestic four-faced figurine of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is carved out of black marble. The idol is about 50 feet tall and its four faces symbolize four different forms of Lord Shiva. The shiva linga festooned by a silver snake is among the major highlights.


Location: Udaipur, Delwada street, Eklingji, Rajasthan 313202
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:30 AM-06:15 PM

2. Tripura Sundari


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Rating: 4.8 (based on 985 google reviews)

There is a temple of Goddess Tripura Sundari known as Tartai Mata here, which has beautiful idol of black stone having 18 hands each carrying a symbol, while the Goddess is seen riding a tiger. The exact date of construction of this temple is not known, it is said to have been built before Samrat Kanishka, who ruled here. It is one of the 'Shakti Peeths' of the Hindus.


Location: Banswara, Rajasthan 327603
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

3. Ranakpur Jain Temple


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Rating: 4.7 (based on 4435 google reviews)

Located 60 kilometres from Udaipur, the Ranakpur Jain temple is one of the grandest Jain temples of the country and is also considered as the most revered among the five pilgrimage sites of Jainism. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabhnath and is also known as Chaturmukha Dharana Vihara. The Ranakpur Jain temple is revered all across the world for its immaculate architecture and was even voted amongst the best 77 wonders of the world.

Built during the glorious reign of Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, the temple has a wonderful interior and has a total of four shrines. It is said that the responsibility of its construction was undertaken by Dhanna Shah, a Jain businessman, who had seen a divine vision.

The temple is designed as 'chaumukha', which means it has four faces. This magnificent stone-carved structure is known for its impressive architectural style all across the country. The unique feature about this temple is its colour-changing columns, they turn from golden to pale blue after every hour that passes during the day. Each of these columns is uniquely designed, hence no two columns look similar. The harmonious sound of the two huge bells hung in the prayer hall reverberates in the temple and imparts spiritual calmness.


Location: Desuri, Ranakpur Rd, Sadri, Rajasthan 306702
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Friday: 06:30 AM-08:15 PM
Saturday: 06:30 AM-08:00 PM
Sunday: 06:30 AM-08:15 PM

4. Jagdish Temple


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 8419 google reviews)

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, Jagdish temple is among the most renowned temples of Rajasthan. This majestic temple is situated in Udaipur's City Palace complex. The gateway to this temple is visible from Bara Pol of the City Palace. Intricate carvings, beautiful figurines and its serene aura make this place even more appealing.

In the main shrine is the magnificent four-armed idol of Lord Vishnu, chiselled out of a single piece of black stone. The main shrine of Lord Jagdish is situated in the centre and is encircled with four other smaller shrines. These shrines are devoted to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively. The temple has a sacred and serene atmosphere and will give you a spiritual respite.


Location: 1 Jagdish temple, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 05:00 AM-12:00 PM and 04:00 PM-09:00 PM

5. Sas Bahu Temple


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 1042 google reviews)

Nagda is a small town located besides Bagela lake, 23 Kms from Udaipur. It was found by Nagaditya, the fourth ruler of Mewar province. Nagda consists of many resplendent temples, but the major attraction here is its 'Sahastra Bahu' temple. This 10th-century temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and it is said to be built in two structures, the first one by the mother-in-law and the second by the daughter-in-law. Both the temples are magnificently laid out. As per another legend, the temple got its name from an appellation of Lord Vishnu who is also called Sahastra Bahu or 'the one with a thousand arms'.

The main entrance of the temple is made through a carved door with lintels along with a multi-lobed arch in its middle.

The temple of Saas is larger in comparison to that of the Bahu. The Bahu temple consists of an octagonal ceiling and is embellished with intricately carved female figurines. The Saas temple has an archway in its frontier part and is accredited with magnificent carvings. Both the temples are built on a common platform and face towards the East.

The temple is adorned with beautiful carvings that depict events from the epic 'Ramayana'. The inner walls of the temple, however, are plain with not a lot of carvings. The temple is magnificent with all the exquisite sculptures augmenting its beauty.

Sahastra Bahu temple was established under the reign of King Mahipala in the 10th century. It is one of the several structures telling tales of Rajasthan's glory in the ancient era.


Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan 313024
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 05:00 AM-12:00 PM and 04:00 PM-07:00 PM

6. Kesariyaji Jain Temple


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 1381 google reviews)

Located around an hour's drive from Udaipur, Kesariya Jain temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabhdeva, the first Jain Tirthankara. It is considered as one of the four main religious sites of Mewar. The temple has an imposing structure with 52 pinnacles and arches designed artistically. The original temple is said to have been built in the 9th century.

Kesariyaji Jain temple holds great importance as it is revered by the Digambaras, the Shwetambaras and the people of the Bhil tribe whereas the puja and offerings are managed by the Brahmins.

The temple's immaculate architecture and secular nature make it stand out.


Location: Mandir, Rishabhdev, Rajasthan
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-08:30 PM

7. Karni Mata


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Rating: 4.5 (based on 3305 google reviews)

Nestled atop Machhla hill, Sri Mansapurna Karni Mata temple is dedicated to the female Hindu deity, Mata Karni who is regarded as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Located atop the hill, near Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park, it also serves as a perfect vantage point for viewing the scenic beauty of Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Sajjangarh Fort and Dudh Talai Lake and park. One can reach the temple either by climbing up the winding flight of stairs starting from Manikya Lal Verma park or by ropeway.

The temple is several hundred years old and is regarded as very sacred among the locals. A morning trek to the temple is usually recommended as the fresh air, tranquil atmosphere and panoramic views will leave a soothing impact on your mind. It is believed that worshipping the goddess during the morning or evening hours fulfils one's wishes. Do not squeal if you happen to spot a mouse at the temple as it is considered as a good omen.


Location: Jawahar Nagar, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-06:00 PM

8. Neemach Mata


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 7 google reviews)

Nestled on the verdant Dewali hill, on the banks of Udaipur's Fateh Sagar lake, Neemach Mata temple is dedicated to Neemach Mata Devi (Ambaji). The goddess is considered to be the house goddess of the Maharanas of Udaipur. Apart from boasting of a magnificent Shikhar (the towering spire of the temple), it also has a 'hawan kund' for performing 'yajnas' in its inner sanctum sanctorum. The temple also has idols of Lord Ganesha and three sides facing lions.

Besides its imposing structure, it also offers majestic views of the lakes and the city below. The way to Neemach Mata temple either by a trek or by climbing a flight of stairs.


Location: Rajasthan 307019
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

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