Nathdwara is a small town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Situated at a distance of 48kms in the north-east of Udaipur, Nathdwara is sited on the right bank of Banas River. Nathdwara is famous for its 17th century temple that is dedicated to Lord Shrinathji (Lord Krishna). The term 'Nathdwara' suggests the 'gate of the lord'. Shrinathji Temple is also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji' and makes a prominent pilgrimage of the Hindus / Vaishnavas.
The temple has a story behind its establishment. According to the
legend, the image of Lord Shrinath ji was enshrined in Vrindavan (land
of Lord Krishna), but to protect the idol from the destructive rage of
Aurangzeb. In 1672, Rana Raj Singh was the only gallant, who made an
effort to rescue the idol from the domain of Aurangzeb. It is said that
when the image was being shifted to an impervious place then at a
particular place, the wheel of vehicle sank deep down in mud. The image
refused to move further, so the escorting priest apprehended that this
was Lord's chosen spot. Thus, a temple was built on the same spot.
The structure of this temple is simple, but the aesthetic appeal of
this temple is ceaseless. The image of Shrinathji is worth seeing and
feeling the celestial beauty of the God. Lord Shrinathji symbolizes a
form of Lord Krishna, when he lifted the 'Govardhana' (a hill). In the
image, the lord is revealed with his left hand raised and the right is
bunged in a fist. The idol is carved out of a large black stone. Images
of two cows, a snake, a lion, two peacocks and a parrot by the god's
head are imprinted on the idol.
The temple authorities have not less than 500 cows and amongst them;
one is regarded as Shrinathji's cow. It is considered that this cow has
come from the pedigree that served the lord for centuries. Earlier,
wagon-loads of food used to come here, which were said to be consigned
by and consigned to Shrinathji. The holy shrine of Shrinathji is famous
all over Rajasthan and India. People of Vaishnava community come in
large numbers to visit this holy pilgrimage.
During the times of Holi, Diwali and Janmashtmi, people throng in large
numbers and the place gets overcrowded. Apart from festivals like Holi
and Janmashtmi, Annakutta is a major festival that is celebrated in the
temple with full gusto and fervor. A visit to this temple must be
avoided during these days. Shrinathji Temple can be visited by only
Hindus with an exception of foreigners.
Nathdwara town is also famous as the Apollo of Mewar. In the town of
Nathdwara, Shrinathji temple is the centre of attraction, but the town
is also famous for its 'pichhwai' paintings, ivory articles and
mouth-watering sweets. You can purchase articles from here as a souvenir
of your religious trip to Shrinathji. One must visit this temple to feel
the spiritual ecstasy and get the blessings of Lord Shrinathji.