Jagdish Temple is the EPICENTRE of historical Udaipur.
All the bye lanes, including the way to the Bada Pol ( gate) entrance of the City palace radiate from here. Even the lanes leading to the lake and the ghats originate from the Jagdish Temple Chowk ( crossing)
You can be witness to the life of the common citizen of Udaipur from here.
For the Royal experience you need to walk for 2 minutes from the temple to the CITY PALACE. The walk is lined with shops , some of which house vast, I repeat vast and gorgeous treasures of ART.
The pictures that follow are a peep into the activity of commoners.
Take time to ponder over this photograph. There is some activity in every corner of this picture.
At the level of the street or the footsteps of the stairs leading to the temple is this elderly lady sewing a garland of flowers.
Do notice the metallic Lota ( an ancient Indian vessel used for storing water) placed on the right of the basket.Have written on the LOTA , please check it out, very intriguing.
Colourful painted guards, peacock feathers and Mobile phones form the second level up the flight of stairs.
The usually white marble steps are coloured pink due to the festival of Holi being played here this morning.
Watch out for the feast for the eyes, THE ROYAL HOLI in the blogs to follow.
The mother and daughter duo soak in the sun after being drenched in the waters of HOLI.
The spire of the 450 year old Jagdish Temple rises over the sanctum sanctorum.
If you are fortunate you could hear Rustic Folk music as villagers sing and dance spontaneously in front of the main deity.
Jagdish is one of several names for LORD VISHNU.
There are many historical incidents, myths and fables about this temple.Stories of politics and intrigue are whispered in hushed tones.
The view of the epicenter, THE JAGDISH TEMPLE and the Havelis ( now lovely hotels) of Udaipur viewed from the lake.
Personally have experienced many emotional moments in the temple.
As you walk around the lanes you may lose your bearings.
The Spire of the temple, which is visible from every direction , will restore your sense of direction. ( there is an intentional philosophical punch in the sentence)