Day 3: Udaipur - Eklingji - Nagda - Nathdawara - Kankroli - Udaipur
After breakfast drive to visit to Eklingji and Nagda. Drive 22 km through the Aravalli Hills to visit Eklingji temple. This beautiful white marble temple dating from AD 734is dedicated to Siva, the family diety of the Mewars. (Rulers of Udaipur) No photography is allowed. Continue onwards to the Drive a short while to visit the Nagda's cluster of temples that have intricate stone carvings and are in close proximity to a lotus pond. Today, Nagda remains famous for the ruins of three temples all that are left of this ancient city. One of the best ones is the 11th century twin Sas-bahu (Mother and Daughter-in-law) Temple.
After visiting the both the places drive to Nathdwara. It is located in the Aravalli hills on the banks of the Banas River, 48 kilometers north-east of Udaipur This town is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the idol of Shrinathji, a 14th century, The idol was originally worshipped at Mathura and was shifted in the 1672 from Govardhan Hills, near Mathura along holy river Yamuna after being retained at Agra for almost six months, in order to protect it. Literally, Nathdwara means 'Gateway to Shrinathji'. As per the religious myths, the shrine at Nathdwara was built in the 17th century at the spot as exactly ordained by Shrinathji himself. The idol of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to a safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the anti-Hindu, When the idol reached the spot at village Sihad or Sinhad, the wheels of bullock cart in which the idol was being transported sank axle-deep in mud and could not be moved any farther. The accompanying priests realised that the particular place was the Lord's chosen spot and accordingly, a temple was built there under the rule and protection of the then Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar. Shrinathji Temple is also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji'.Nathdwara town is also famous as the Apollo of Mewar. In the town of Nathdwara, Shrinathji temple is the centre of attraction, but the town is also famous for its 'pichhwai' paintings, (Large paintings on cloth depicting legends from the life of Lord Krishna ) handmade terracottas, ivory articles and milk-made sweets. During the times of Holi, Diwali and Janmashtmi, people throng in large numbers and the place gets overcrowded. Apart from festivals like Holi and Janmashtmi, Annakutta (Linked to Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill) is a major festival that is celebrated in the temple with full gusto and fervor.
After visiting Nathdawara drive to Kankroli which is 12 KMs, Directly located at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur. Kankroli is mainly known for its temple, which is sited on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake. Kankroli Temple is popularly called as temple of Dwarikadhish. Dwarikadhish is one of the names of Lord Krishna. This Temple is the most significant temple of the Vaishnavas and Vallabhacharya sect. The chief deity of Kankroli temple is believed to have imported from Mathura, the hometown of Lord Krishna. The idol of Lord Dwarikadhish was brought in 1671 A.D., during the rule of Maharana Raj Singh. The idol was placed in the present temple, which was constructed at the time of the inaugural ceremony of the Rajsamand Lake in 1676 A.D. Shri Bal Krishna ji, the grand son of Vallabhacharya, took the initiative to care for the deity. Dwarikadhish Temple has a very quiet and soothing ambience. It really carries away all the tensions at once and bestows a heavenly bliss. In the complex of the Temple, there is a small garden where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Return back to Udaipur. Over night stay at your hotel.
Meals : Breakfast