Ambika Mata Temple is a small shrine made in crevice of a rock. The temple dedicated to Goddess Ambika (a form of Goddess Durga). Being located at the village called Jagat in Rajasthan, the temple is also known as Jagat Temple. The shrine is comfortably positioned at a distance of 58kms in the south-east of Udaipur. Built in 961 A.D, the Jagat Temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors.
The village Jagat is popular with the term of 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan'
and the place is particularly famous for its well-preserved temple of
the 10th century. Though Ambika Mata Temple is not very big, but its
splendid architecture makes it different from others. The main shrine
has an image of Ambika, a form of the Hindi Goddess Durga. The goddess
is worshipped as Shakti (Power) that is a primitive source of energy.
Goddess Ambika is linked with Maa Durga due to the presence of Lion as
Dating back to the Pratihara period, the temple comprises an elevated
altar. The principal image of the Goddess is placed here. The temple
contains a mandapa (columned prayer hall) that has projections on two of
its sides and a small loggia in obverse. The hall has windows that are
ornamented with beautifully carved panels. The ceiling rises in the
shape of a pyramid with the additional alcoves. The loggia is also
covered by a shelter.
The doorway of the temple is beautifully carved with exotic etchings,
which drape the whole temple with their delicate charm. The ceiling
panel of the 'mandap' is carved and decorated with multi-lobed motifs.
The prayer hall also comprises a remarkably carved panel of dancing
Ganesha. The outstanding architecture of the Temple boasts of various
sculptures, ranging from Gods and Goddesses to the dancers and singers
of the divine court.
The façade of the Temple has ornamented allegorical panels set
in alcoves that depict scenes from the mythological stories. These
alcoves contain various forms of Durga with her attendant maidens in
aesthetic postures. It is remarkable to find that these sculptures are
under the protection of numerous miniature eaves. The outstanding
structure of the temple gives the impression of heavenly chamber of the
Almighty and is definitely worth a visit.