Shree Jagdish Temple

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The Jagdish Temple in the heart of the old city, built in 1651, is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu.

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It is a landmark and a center of activity. Many narrow, winding shop-lined streets with wandering tourists converge at the foot of the temple. This one leads to the City Palace.

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Flowers are always a part of Hindu prayer rituals, so there are always flower sellers at the base of the steps.

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In November the weather was pleasant during the day, but once the sun went down it was a bit chilly.

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There’s always a carnival like atmosphere near the temple, but so far I have only had time to observe it briefly in passing. Two visits to Udaipur, and I still haven’t climbed the steps to visit the temple. It is a comforting presence, and I tell myself it will be there next time. I know I’ll be back again, not only because I love it here but because my friendships have given me a motivation to return.

Although Udaipur has relatively few tourist attractions, especially for a city of its size (a little over half a million people as of 2011), the old city, with its charming maze of shop studded streets and its intensely romantic lake views, has an ambience I find irresistible. I intend to get to know it well.

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The temple will always be there. They say the third time is a charm. Maybe on my next visit to Udaipur I’ll finally have time to see it.

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