Udaipur is a famous city of Rajasthan and is popular for its ancient as well as modern structures. One among them is the Vedi Temple, a shrine dedicated to the Goddess Vedi, present within the vicinity of the Kumbhalgarh Fort situated in Hanuman Pol of Rajsamand district. The UNESCO world heritage is a great attraction to all, as one gets to enjoy the majestic architecture of the fort and also pay respects to the pilgrim sacrifice site built within the Vedi Temple. The shrine is elevated on a high platform and faces the west.
As history provides, the temple was made to perform sacred rituals followed by the Jain community. In terms of structure, it stands atop 36 pillars forming an octagonal shape pattern. The double storied temple is open to all and engulfs you into an envelope of positivity and goodness. Besides this temple. It is recognized, protected and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. There are more temples built at the foothills of the fort.
The Jain temple dates back to 1457 AD, built between 1443 to 1448. The shrine was constructed by Rana Kumbha to honour the sacrifice of pilgrims visiting the area. Certain sections of the structure were renovated by Maharana Fateh Singh. It is of immense significance, as it remains to be the sole pilgrim sacrificial site present in India.
The Vedi Temple is situated in the Kalwara Tehsil, Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, in close proximity to the Kumbhalgarh Fort. You can drive from main city of Udaipur by covering 101 kms. There is good connectivity between the shrine and the Udaipur Railway station and domestic airport.
On paying your tributes and respect to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, you can go forth for a completed tour of the fort that is home to the second largest wall in the world following the Great Wall of China. There are other temples located within the fort, such as the Ganesh Temple, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, the Parsvarnatha Temple and the Bawan Devi Temple. Also this Fort is the birthplace of mighty ruler Maharana Pratap Singh. Thus you cover two important sightseeing places in one go. Also, try attending the laser show held in the evening inside the fort. Also you can take a stroll along the roads of Hanuman pol to visualize certain aspects that reflect the culture professed by the Mewar dynasty.
The temple is open from 8am-6pm all days, including weekends and public holidays.
Visitors are charged with a nominal fee to enter the premises of the Kumbhalgarh fort. However, there is no entry fee for paying a visit to the Vedi Temple or Vedi Complex situated next to the Hanuman Pol.
Udaipur is bustling with cultural activities and tourist visiting the royal forts and palaces. The Vedi temple of Kumbhalgarh fort welcomes pilgrims and architecture enthusiasts throughout the year. However, to make the best out of your holiday, plan a trip to Udaipur and its sites during the winter months to enjoy a heat and hustle free vacation to the land of the Rajputs.