Karni Mata Temple: Ancient temple built in 1620’s Udaipur

Udaipur is the home of Karni Mata, popularly known as Goddess Durga’s rebirth. The Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple, commonly known as the Karni Mata Temple in Udaipur, is a relatively simple to reach Durga temple in Udaipur. The temple is near the Doodh Talai Lake, on the Machla Magra Hills. The holy Karni Mata is represented by a stone idol in the temple.

The Karni Mata Temple Udaipur, which was built in the 1620s and is positioned on the top of a hill, offers a breathtaking vista of unending beauty.

The vista of Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, the majestic Sajjangarh Fort, DudhTalai Park, and Udaipur’s charming city is breathtaking. In Udaipur, the Karni Mata Temple looks out over the city of lakes and the surrounding countryside.

While the temple itself is small and unassuming, the vista from the fort is one of Udaipur’s top sunset spots. The temple can be reached in two ways. You can either walk up the hill or utilize the ropeway (on your risk here we don’t recommend you to take the ride). With the deep forest on one side and the lake and city on the other, the ropeway ride is a fantastic experience.

karni mata temple Udaipur morning 5 AM
file: Ghumakkar

History of the Karni Mata Temple Udaipur

Maharana Karan Singh built the Karni Mata Temple in Udaipur between 1620 and 1628 while working on the expansion of Machla Magra’s residential districts. The temple was not well-known until 1997, and just a few people came to see it.

Devotees began crowding the temple premises in droves only after the Mansapurna Karni Mata Development Committee completed a rehabilitation project in 1997.

The temple is now completely equipped with conveniently accessible staircases and ropeways, as well as numerous resting areas for the convenience of Karni Mata’s followers and worshippers.

karni Maa Photo Udaipur
file: karni mata temple official website

About the goddess of the temple

It is considered auspicious to visit the temple twice a day. It is stated that if you visit the temple in the morning and evening, Karni Mata herself will fulfil your wants and aspirations.

This is how Karni Mata, according to legend, extends your life span. According to legend, believers should feed the temple rats in order to have a better life and good fortune in the future. Karni Mata admires and respects you if you take care of rats in this manner.

Official Website: http://matakarnitemple.com/

Best time to visit and few rules to keep in mind:

The temple is known for its beautiful sunset and if you wish to not miss it, the ideal time to visit would be 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The ropeway, sunset and darshan could take about 2- 3 hours so make your decision accordingly. And the nest time for sightseeing in Udaipur is from October to February with a cool and dry climate.

Please remember that the Karni Mata Temple is a place of devotion when you visit. Even if you’re merely going to see the sunset, it’s crucial to treat others with respect. Here are a few things to think about-

  • Always keep your shoulders and legs below the knee covered.
  • Before entering the temple, take off your shoes.
  • Most temples have a “no photographing” policy; however, you could approach the priest for permission.

How to Reach Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur

By Train: Ananya Express, Express, Garibrath Express Special, Garibrath Special, Intercity Express, Mail Express, Mewar Express, Passenger, Superfast Express, Udaipur Express, Veer Bhumi Chittaurgarh Express to stop- Udaipur City

By car: you can use navigation apps or ask the locals to guide you towards the destination.
Other ways: From the town, take a taxi or rickshaw. Both are readily available in the city; however, make sure to bargain over the price, as drivers can be opportunists when it comes to tourists.

Renting a scooter or bicycle is another option for moving around Udaipur. However, I only advise you to do so if you are confident.

The roads of Udaipur, like most of India, are a rat race, and you must keep your wits about you at all times. Bike rental shops may be found all around the city, and the average daily rate for a basic scooter or bicycle is 500 rupees.

You also have the option of walking the stairs or using the ropeway to the top of Karni Mata Temple’s hill. The trek will take no more than 20 minutes if you are in reasonable shape, while the ropeway will take you to the peak in 5 minutes. Both routes offer spectacular vistas, however hiking is free while the ropeway charges 110 rupees.

Timings: 4:30 am to 7:30 pm, Ropeway timings: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Address: HM8Q+9M8, Jawahar Nagar, Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

Also Read: Amrakh Mahadev: Forgotten Rajasthani Religious Heritage

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