Eklingji is a 1000-year old temple complex dedicated to the god Shiva. It is only a short ride away from the hotel in the neighbouring village. It is an ideal choice for your first journey to explore Hindu religious practices, as the temple is usually not too crowded and in remarkably good condition.
The quality of the upkeep is due to the fact that Eklingji is serviced by the personnel of the Rajasthani maharana himself, who visits the temple every Monday, on the holy day of Shiva. The temple-complex consists of a main temple and 107 other shrines for the worship of the different manifestations of the god. The central temple houses a remarkable four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva). The four faces of the idol represent Lord Shiva in his four forms. Carved out of black marble, the idol is 50 feet high. Eklingji is believed to be the presiding ruler of the Mewar region hence the reason why its kings are maharajas (princes) and not maharanas (kings).
Every marble surface is adorned with intricate carvings, while the walls in the main temple are covered with embossed silver plates depicting Hindu deities and their attributes, such as the god Ganesha with his symbol, the mouse. The milky whiteness of the immortal marble slabs is offset by the colourful swirl of lotus petals, coconut shards and flower garlands: votive offerings presented to the gods by devotees visiting the temple.
It is also said that whoever whispers their wishes into the ear of the stone bull in front of Shiva’s statute will have them fulfilled in due course by the favour of the God.