Ambika Mata Temple Jagat - Ancient Temple with Khajuraho like Erotic Statues

Ambika Mata Temple Jagat - Ancient Temple with Khajuraho like Erotic Statues, it tells about Ambika and Malar Mata Temples with cenotaphs of Jagat.

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You must have heard about the temples of Khajuraho which is famous all over the world for its beautiful sculptures depicting Kamakala.

But do you know that there is another such temple built during the time of Khajuraho temples in India which is called Khajuraho of Rajasthan and Mewar.

There are so many beautiful and artistic sculptures on the doors, pillars, walls and ceiling of this temple of Ambika Mata that it can be called a wonderful example of craftsmanship.

This temple is also the temple of Kul Devi of India's famous Bollywood artist Kangana Ranaut, where she keeps coming to see the mother.

So today let us know it closely by visiting the artistic temple of Ambika Mata, a form of Goddess Durga. Let's start.

Ambika Mata Temple Jagat Tour and Specialties

You can understand the historical importance of Ambika Mata's temple from the fact that it has been declared a protected monument by the Archeology Department.

To reach the temple one has to descend some stairs as it is slightly below the ground level. There is a boundary wall around the temple.

To go to the temple, one has to go down the stairs inside the boundary wall of the temple from the road. As soon as you descend, there is an entrance hall in front.

Entrance pavilion of Ambika Mata Temple Jagat

Resting on artistic pillars, this entrance pavilion has beautiful artistic sculptures carved all around it. These sculptures include love poses as well as other social life scenes.

These statues include statues of men and women, dancers, singers and Apsaras. Along with the entry pavilion, women Keechaks are installed on the pillars of the entire temple.

Main temple of Ambika Mata Temple Jagat

The main temple built in Nagar style is situated at some distance from the entry pavilion. There is a large open courtyard between the entrance hall and the temple. On the basis of the craftsmanship of the temple, it is considered to be of the 10th century.

The main parts of the temple are the sanctum sanctorum, the assembly hall, the Jagamohana and the Pancharatha shikhara. Inside and outside the temple, there are statues depicting various forms of Matrika, gods and goddesses and scenes from public life along with beautiful beauties.

These idols include beauties and Apsaras in a variety of erotic postures along with Yama, Kuber, Vayu, Indra, Mahishasurmardini, Navadurga, Veenadharini, Saraswati and the idol of Ganapati in dancing posture.

In the outer part of the temple, the statue of Mahishasura Mardini is installed in the niches adjacent to the floor on all three sides. In these statues the Mother is in her fierce form.

There are such beautiful and lifelike statues of beauties installed all around the temple that it seems as these statues will speak.

Among these statues, the statue of a woman turning back and turning one foot upwards and removing a thorn from it is amazing.

The peak of the sanctum sanctorum and the assembly hall are quite grand and artistic. A lot of hard work has been done in making this also.

As soon as you enter the temple, there are beautiful sculptures carved on the plaque of the front door of the sanctum sanctorum. The idol of Ambika Mata is enshrined inside the sanctum sanctorum.

The special thing is that there is no original idol of Ambika Mata in the sanctum sanctorum. The current statue has been installed in its place after the original statue was stolen.

Outside the door of the sanctum sanctorum, statues of different forms of the goddess are installed in the niches on both sides. There are two doors on either side for circumambulation of the sanctum sanctorum.

The roof of the Sabhamandap rests on octagonal pillars. There are three inscriptions engraved on these pillars. These inscriptions belong to Vikram Samvat 1017 (960 AD), 1228 (1171 AD) and 1277 (1220 AD).

The roof of the Sabhamandap and the upper part of the pillars are decorated with carvings. The lattice made by cutting stone to provide air and light on both sides is quite beautiful.

In the latticed niches on both sides of the Sabha Mandap, one has the idol of Mother Goddess and the other has the idol of dancing Ganesha. This dancing statue of Lord Ganesha is quite beautiful.

The drain from which the water flows out of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple ends in the mouth of a stone pot. A woman is holding this pot in both her hands.

The place where this water of the sanctum sanctorum goes is like a small temple and is quite artistic. There are statues built all around it and the peak is also decorated.

There are three or four small temples of Mata near the main temple. Only the remains of the altar of a temple remain. This temple is believed to be built in the fifth century.

It is said that this temple was made of bricks and a statue of a child was found in it which is now kept in the museum of Udaipur.

History of Ambika Mata Temple Jagat

If we talk about the history of this temple, then this Ambika temple of the Jagat is believed to be built in the tenth century, but it is not completely clear as to when the temple was built.

Some information about it is available from the inscriptions found in the temple. There are three inscriptions of Vikram Samvat 1017 (960 AD), 1228 (1171 AD) and 1277 (1220 AD) engraved on the pillars of the temple.

The inscription of Vikram Samvat 1306 (1249 AD) found in the temple gives information about the lineage of the rulers of Vagad.

Let us tell you that in olden times, just as the area of Chittor was called Mewar, in the same way the area of Dungarpur and Banswara was called Vagad.

The records of Vikram Samvat 1277 and 1306 belong to the rulers of Vagad region, which shows that at that time this region was under the control of the rulers of Vagad. Later Maharana Kumbha again took control of this area.

The inscription of Vikram Samvat 1017 i.e. 960 AD carved on the pillar of this temple shows that Maharawal Allat of that time in Mewar had renovated this temple to preserve the heritage of his ancestors.

Thus, we can say that the kings of both Mewar and Vagad regions have contributed in the construction and development of this temple.

Cenotaphs of Jagat Udaipur

There are some cenotaphs next to the temple of Ambika Mata. These cenotaphs probably belong to influential people of the royal family of Jagat village. Sati pillars are installed inside many cenotaphs.

Near these cenotaphs, a temple is built a little below the ground level. When we went here, we were not able to go inside it because it was filled with water.

Malar (Maleshwari) Mata Temple in Jagat

Apart from the Ambika temple, there is a temple of Malar Mata built on a hill in Jagat village. Malar Mata is also called Maleshwari Mata.

There is a paved road to reach the temple on top of the hill. Through this road you can go to the hill by both bike or car. If you want to go on foot, there is a separate route for this.

A beautiful temple of Mataji is built on top of the mountain in which Mataji is present. Many ancient statues are kept in the temple.

It is believed that Malar Mata, seated on the hill, and Ambika Mata, seated below, are real sisters. A beautiful view is visible far and wide from the hill.

Places to visit near Jagat Ambika Temple

If we talk about the places to visit near Jagat Ambika Temple, then you can see Baghdada Nature Park, Jhameshwar Mahadev Temple, Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple, Malar Mata Temple etc.

Jaisamand Lake is about 25 kilometers from here. You can go to see Jaisamand Lake directly from here without coming back to Udaipur.

The condition of the road is not very good but can be reached by bike. If the road condition is good then you can also go by car.

How to reach Jagat Ambika Temple?

Now let's talk about how to reach Jagat Ambika Temple? Ambika Temple is located inside Jagat village, about 40 kilometers from Udaipur.

The distance of Jagat's Ambika Mata Temple from Udaipur Railway Station is about 40 kilometers. There are two ways to reach here from Udaipur Railway Station which are almost equal.

From the first route you have to go via Eklingpura, Umrada, Baghdada Nature Park, Jhamar Kotada.

From the other route, you have to take the right side from Thokar Choraha before Rana Pratap Nagar Railway Station, take Uday Sagar Road from under the bypass via Industrial Area and go via Kanpur, Lakdwas, Baghdara Nature Park, Jhamar Kotda.

When we went, the condition of the road from Udaipur to Jagat village was not very good but the condition of the road keeps changing with time. We can easily reach hare anytime by bike.

If you want to see closely the natural beauty of the mountains along with the craftsmanship of ancient temples, then you must visit Jagat Ambika Temple.

That's all for today, we hope you liked the information given by us. Please share your opinion by commenting.

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Map location of Jagat Ambika Mandir

Images of Jagat Ambika Mandir

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Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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