Nagda Sahastra Bahu Temple Udaipur

Nagda (Sas Bahu) Temple Udaipur
Vital Information for Visitors

Sas Bahu (Sahstrabahu) Temple, Nagda, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all day

Visiting Timing:

5:00 AM – 12:00 PM
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Entry Fees:



Approx 30 Minutes


Dedicated to Lord Vishnu

Nagda Temple, situated near Udaipur in Rajasthan, bears witness to a rich history that spans over a millennium. Nagda Temple (नागदा मंदिर) complex or Sahastrabahu (सहस्रबाहु) Temple (called by the locals as Sas Bahu Temple), a twin Vaishnav temple dating back to the 10th century, is built on a moulded stone platform. The Sas Bahu is a local corruption of the original Sahasra-Bahu, meaning "One with thousand arms", a form of Lord Vishnu. The term 'Sas-Bahu' suggests 'Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law' respectively. Both the temples, similar in architectural style, flank temple tank. One of the temples is rather larger than the other one. Both the temples feature a towering ‘shikharas’ / ‘vimaan’ (शिखर / विमान), symbolizing the sacred mountain abode of the deities. Some architectural elements align with celestial events, showcasing the advanced knowledge of astronomy in ancient India. The Sahastrabahu Temple complex is spread over 32 meters long and 22 meters wide area.

The larger (Sas temple) is surrounded by ten subsidiary shrines, while the smaller one (Bahu temple) is a five-shrined complex. The smaller shrines are arranged in a geometric layout, forming a cohesive and harmonious design. Among the remaining shrines, one on the north-east is intact with its beautiful stone spire. The niches on its walls harbour images of Brahma, Siva and Vishnu on the east, north and west faces respectively. The use of sacred geometry is evident in the layout, with precise measurements and proportions enhancing the overall spiritual experience. On plan, each temple consists of a ‘pancharatha’ (पंचरथ) sanctum, vestibule, hall with lateral transepts and porch, enclosed by a decorated balustrade. The temple complex features elaborately designed pillared halls, known as ‘mandapam’ (मंडपम), where rituals and ceremonies were once conducted.

Decorative ‘toran’ (तोरण) archways mark the entrances, featuring intricate patterns and scenes from religious scriptures. The entry into the temple complex is through a detached ‘makar-toran’ (मकर तोरण) on the east. The pillars along the aisles are adorned with intricate carvings, creating a captivating visual narrative. The tops of the pillars are adorned with ornate capitals, each telling a unique story through its design. The main shrine is crowned with an ‘amalak’ (आमलक) and ‘kalash’ (कलश), symbolizing divine energy and purity.

Though the exteriors of Nagda Temple are largely plain save the porches but the interiors are tastefully embellished and intricately carved. Seated icons of Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram, Lord Balram and Lord Parashuram can be spotted on exterior walls. The relief figures in the interiors include male and female deities, damsels, regents, amorous panels and scenes from the Ramayana. Sculptures adorn the walls, depicting the scenes from Hindu religious scriptures & narrating tales of gods and goddesses. Symbol of spiritual enlightenment, beauty, fertility, purity, prosperity and eternity, the lotus is a recurring motif in the carvings, adding an aesthetic touch to the architecture. Images of celestial damsels, known as ‘apsaras (अप्सरा), are gracefully engraved, capturing the essence of celestial beauty. Some parts of the temple still bear traces of ancient frescoes, providing a glimpse into the vibrant colors that once adorned the structure. The ceilings are adorned with geometric patterns and celestial depictions, adding a sense of grandeur to the architecture. Vedic symbols, such as the swastika, are woven into the architectural design.

Located about 20 km from Udaipur, Nagda was once an important town of Mewar. It was the ancient capital of Mewar, named after Nagaditya, the founder. Nagda Temple's historical narrative is intertwined with the ebb and flow of Mewar's fortunes, serving as a sacred sanctuary for worship and a testament to the enduring cultural heritage of Udaipur. Iltutmish, an Islamic Jihadi ruler of Slave dynasty, plundered & destroyed Nagda in 1226 AD. Over the centuries, Nagda Temple underwent various phases of restoration and modification, witnessing the rise and fall of different dynasties. Despite the passage of time and instances of natural wear, the temple complex has retained its spiritual significance and architectural grandeur. Nagda temple complex is on the Archaeological Survey of India's list of heritage monuments.

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