Jagat Ambika Mata Temple is named so because it is situated in the village called Jagat which is 50 km away from the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Ambika Mata who is a divine version of goddess Durga.
The temple is also called as Rajasthan’s Khajuraho. Many fine sculptures can be seen in the temple those are preserved excellently. The temple is pentagonal in shape. A massive rampart wall encloses the temple with a gabled pagoda like roof with 17 turrets. The exterior walls of the temple have some fine and exquisite details carved in. The walls of the temple are decorated beautifully with the large sculptures of gods and goddesses along with dancers, singers and musicians from the heavenly court. Sculptures of other beautiful women can also be seen in the temple.
The interior of the temple has a vegetal motif with the theme of a mountain palace. It looks like a heavenly abode of gods. The tower of the temple is covered with intricate motif that includes clouds and is surrounded by small tower called shikhara. Being a temple dedicated to Devi, most of the sculptures present in the temple resemble to Durga, Barhmani, Lakshmi and other counterparts. The deity is worshipped as the goddess of power.
The temple has a mandap with projections on its both sides. There is a hall whose windows are beautifully ornamented with carved panels. The ceiling is in the shape of pyramid with additional alcoves. There is also a gallery which is covered with a shelter. The temple doorway is carved beautifully with exotic etchings. The whole temple is draped by their charm. The mandap’s ceiling panel is decorated and carved with multi-lobed motifs. There is also a prayer hall that has remarkable carving panel of dancing Ganesha. The temple architecture is very outstanding and attracts visitors from all over India.
History of the Attraction
The temple is a small shrine that is made in a rock crevice. The temple was built in 961 A.D and is also known as Jagat temple because of the location of the temple in the village of Jagat. The temple boasts of its fine and outstanding architecture which is very rare to see somewhere else. The temple is not huge but is definitely a piece of art for which people come from all over India to see.
If you reach village of Jagat which is 50 km away from the city of Udaipur then you will also get to the temple. The village is well connected with the city and one can easily get buses and taxis for reaching the temple. One can also take their private vehicles along with them to the temple which will ease their journey.
Things to Do in and around
One can go through the temple and its outstanding architecture. The temple has a lot to show and moreover people can visit it to seek blessings from the deity. One can also visit the village and temple to have a good time. The interior of the temple is also something worth witnessing.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The temple opens to general public at 06:00 AM early in the morning and closes by 07:00PM in the evening. During this time one can go for darshan and puja.
There is no entry fee needed to enter the temple.
Best Time to Visit
There is no such specific time to visit the temple. One can visit the temple at any time of the year and seek blessing from the goddess. Apart from that, during morning and evening time, one can go for aarti and puja to this temple.