There is no place in India which appeals more to the imagination of poets and pointers, travelers and writers than Udaipur, the lovely lake side capital of Mewar, by reason of its romance and beauty and its remarkable past bristling with episodes of heroism and splendour. Udaipur, the enchanting city of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes which give on to a fertile plain, it is bewitching in all its details-narrow streets lined by vivid coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces ? every feature, mirrored in the placid blue waters of lake Picchola.
Nathdwara literally means the gateway to the Lord ShriNathji. This great Vaishnavite shrine was built in the 17th century on spot exactly identified by the Lord himself. The legends have it that the idol of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the destructive wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. When the idol reached this spot, the wheels of bullock cart it was traveling in, sank axle deep in mud and refused to move further, at all. The accompanying priest realized that this was Lord's chosen spot and the Lord did not want to travel any further. Accordingly a Temple was built here. This is a temple and place of pilgrimage amongst its believers.
The Eklingji temple is situated in the Eklingji town in close propinquity to the Eklingji Lake. It was constructed in honour of the main idol of the Sesodia Dynasty, Eklingji which is a form of Lord Shiva.
The temple is built on the foundation of marble and granite and has a pyramidal shape to it. There is a cenotaph of the then ruler of Mewar within the complex and is known for its beautiful carvings and murals, along with an image of Lord Vishnu. Special pujas are held on every Mondays in the temple.
This place is of great historic interest. The memorable battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar was fought here in 1576 A.D. There is a Chhatri dedicated to the faithful horse of Maharana Pratap-Chetak.