Visiting a Hindu Temple


Jagdish vertical AS 286The Jagdish temple is the principal temple of Udaipur and proved to be the only Hindu temple that we visited on our trip. It was very different from the Muslim mosques.  Whereas the Muslims forsook all human and animal carvings and tended to produce chaste marble surfaces with only plants in low relief, the Hindu temple was absolutely covered with carvings.

Jagdish flower sellers AS 424

View from the top of the approach stairway. Note the flower sellers at the bottom.

The approach was up a steep stairway. This view is from the top looking down at the square at thebottom,. Not the flower sellerzs at te foot of the  stairs,






Jagdish small shrine AS 289

At the top the temple was set within a square enclosure with the temple at the centre and four smaller shrines at each corner.Here we see one of the  smaller shrines







Jagdish side view AS 292The temple was again up a steep flight of stairs.  We were there on a Sunday and though I do not know whether they have transferred their main services to a Sunday, it was certainly very busy.

Jagdish Service from entrance 468



While we were there, a service was taking place.  A small but noisy bell was rung for five minutes or more, and in the temple a very clappy-happy service was in progress with the men sitting at the front, one of them beating a big drum and the others all singing loudly, and then behind them were the rows of women.  The front rows were playing triangles or symbols, but the ones behind were rather sullen and were not really taking part in the singing.  In the sanctuary at the far end, the priest was apparently doing something.  I rather enjoyed the atmosphere, but Wendy found it a little overwhelming.




Jagdish clarinet AS 320Outside, every inch of the walls and up into the upper part was covered with carvings.  The guide said that the carvings were in different layers, with devils at the bottom, then animals, then human beings, and finally gods at the top.  We could certainly see the animals and the human beings, but I was not certain about either the devils or the gods.(Note the fifth girl from the right, who appears to be playing a clarinet)


Jagdish full breasted AS 300The human beings appeared to be mainly voluptuous women with huge breasts.

Their breasts are surrounded by  beads (jewels?) and they have a be-jewelled girdle, but what is it that  they have hanging down between their legs?


Jagdish elephants AS 302The animals seemed mainly to be elephants.  Some of them were facing each other: are they fighting each other?

Jagdish lute AS 340


Some of the voluptuous ladies seem to be musicians playing various instruments. The lady on the right appears to be playing a stringed instrument (a mandolin? a guitar?) The lady third from the left is playing a wind instrument – and what is the lady next to her holding?


Jagdish corner AS 329A fascinating corner frieze. The lady on the left  is playing a guitar, next to her is a fabulous beast, . Are the ladies in the centre fighting, or are they merely dancing vigorously>?

On the right there is a lady and a beast, and coming to the centre, two ladies  are talking to a beast.









Jagdish couple AS 0341And just what are this couple doing?











Jagdish bronze god AS 310One of the side temples had this statue of a fierce god









Jagdish schoolgirls AS 488And we end with some contemporary visitors, posing to have their photo taken!

It was a fascinating experience – even if I no doubt failed to understand the religious significance of most of what I saw.





Finally, on to Fateh Garh, the ‘Heritage’ hotel where we stayed

8th March 2012

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