Historical | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 3 km from Udaipur City Railway Station, Jagdish Temple is a Hindu temple located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur. This is one of the famous temples of Udaipur and among the top Udaipur attractions.
Sri Jagdish Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. The temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh with an estimated cost of 1.5 million rupees in 1651 AD. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace. The temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish Temple.
This temple is built in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. This three-storied temple is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. The first and the second storey of the temple possess 50 pillars each and all have magnificent carvings which add to temple beauty. The spire of the main temple is around 79 feet high that undoubtedly dominates the skyline of Udaipur. Sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen and musicians adorn the shikhar (spire). This temple was built keeping in the mind the Hindu architectural science of 'Vastushstra'.
At the entrance, visitors are welcomed by two huge stone elephants. A stone slab that is imprinted with the inscriptions referring to Maharana Jagat Singh is located in front of the temple. To reach the main shrine, one has to take a marble flight of 32 steps. The doorway of Lord Vishnu is guarded by a brass image of Garuda, the celestial bird. The main shrine houses the striking four-armed black stone image of Lord Vishnu. There are four smaller shrines encircled the main shrine and are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively.
The annual car festival is held every July coinciding with the rath yatra / car festival of Puri Jagannath.
Timings: 5 AM - 2 PM and 4 PM - 8 PM