Eklingji

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Eklingji, Harihara temple popularly called the Meera temple
Meera temple Eklingji.jpg
Geography
CountryIndia
StateRajasthan
DistrictUdaipur district
LocationKailash Puri
Culture
SanctumShri Ekling Ji
Major festivalsEklingji Patotsav, Maha Shivaratri
Architecture
Number of temples108
History
Date built8th Century[citation needed]

Eklingji is a Hindu temple complex in Udaipur District of Rajasthan in western India. Eklingji is believed to be the ruling deity of Mewar Princely State and the Ruler Maharana rules as his Dewan.

History[edit]

According to the 15th century text Ekalinga Mahatmya, the original temple at Eklingji was constructed by the 8th century ruler Bappa Rawal.[1] The original temple and murti (idol) were destroyed during invasions by the Delhi Sultanate rulers. The earliest extent murti was installed by Hamir Singh (14th century), who also carried out extensive renovations to the main temple. Rana Kumbha (15th century) rebuilt the temple, in addition to constructing a Vishnu temple. His 1460 inscription describes him as "the personal servant of Eklinga".[2]

In late 15th century, Ghiyath Shah of Malwa Sultanate attacked Mewar, and devastated Eklingji. Kumbha's son Rana Raimal (r. 1473–1509) defeated and captured him, and obtained a ransom for his release. With this ransom, Raimal patronized the last major rebuilding of the temple complex, and installed the present murti at the main temple.[2]

Originally, the temple likely belonged to the Pashupata sect, and was subsequently in the custody of the Nath sect. In the 16th century, it came under the control of the Ramanandis.[3]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • David Gordon White (2012). The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-14934-9.
  • Melia Belli Bose (2015). Royal Umbrellas of Stone: Memory, Politics, and Public Identity in Rajput Funerary Art. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-30056-9.

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Coordinates: 24°44′45″N 73°43′20″E / 24.7459558°N 73.7222375°E / 24.7459558; 73.7222375