Nagda is a village in Udaipur district of Rajasthan state in India. It was once a prominent city in the early Mewar state. Nagda was probably established by King Nagaditya of the Gehlot dynasty in the 7th century AD and it was known as Nagahrada then.
Nagda was the first capital of Mewar and continued to be so until c. 948 when the capital was shifted to Ahar. In c.1116, Nagda again became the capital of Mewar and stayed so until the early part of the 13th century when it was ransacked by Sultan Iltutmish’s forces.
What is Nagda famous for?
Today it is known primarily for the remains of the Sahastra Bahu Temples that are a pair of late 10th-century Hindu temples in India dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
They are locally referred to as Sas Bahu temples (a local corruption of the original Sahasra-Bahu, meaning “One with thousand arms”, a form of Vishnu).
Adbhutji Shanthinath Jain Tirth or Nagahyuda Jain Mandir, one of an ancient Jain temples in India, is also located nearby, next to the Bagela Lake.
How to get to Nagda?
Nagda is easily accessible by road, only about 20 km from Udaipur and a mere 2.7 km from the well frequented Shaivite shrine of Eklingji, or 30 km from the hugely popular Vaishnavite shrine town of Nathdwara.