Jagdish temple, an architectural wonder, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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The Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples of India never fail to attract tourists, in particular the Hindu temples. Unlike south Indian Hindu temples that are massive and built in Indo-Dravidian style, the temple architecture of Rajasthan and Gujarat is altogether different, though they follow the same temple sastra as in the south and elsewhere; the one followed here is called  ''Maru Gurjara'' architecture, commonly found in Rajasthan and Gujarat states. Though they are not massive and big, they, are simple but stunningly beautiful, ornamental  and impressive.

Decorated walls of Jagdish Templ. em.mobsea.org

Originally called  the temple of Jagannath Rai, Jagdish Temple  is a Hindu  Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh (1628-53) in accordance  with  Hindu temple Agama Sastras. The temple is located  in Udaipur city palace complex in Rajasthan near the Badi Pol entrance of the City Palace and is accessible  through the elephant-flanked flight of  steps made of marbles.  A well-known  tourist center, the temple was completed in 1651 by Maharana  Jagat  Singh  and is dedicated to  Jagannath (Lakshmi Narayan), Lord of the universe. The deity in the main sanctum is made  from a single piece of black stone, the kind of rock  rarely observed in many Hindu temples. There is an impressive  brass image of Vishnu’s  mount 'Garuda' facing the statue of Lord Vishnu in the main shrine as one will find similar arrangement  in all Vaishnavite temples of Tamil Nadu, in particular. Other than the main temple, there are many small shrines  dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva. As part of pooja (prayer) protocol,  every morning at sunrise and evening at sundown 'Deepa Aradhana'  takes place which is being attended by a large gathering of devotees.l
Jagdish Temple. Right: The decorated walls of Jagdish Mandir.en.wikipedia.org
This three-storied temple is a good example of temple  architecture built in Indo-Aryan style, comprising ornate  pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and rich  halls. The height of the main tower is just 79 feet and the shigara(spire) has innumerable beautiful sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen and musicians. They  are quite inspiring and attract the attention of the visitors to the temple. The temple has large mantapams, pyramidal spire and an  attractive porch. There are 50 exquisitely carved pillars on the first and second stories. The artistic and intricate carvings attract lots of people and, it is believed, Maharana Jagit Singh had spent 1.5 million rupees on the temple construction. One ought to visit this artistically rich temple.