Rajasthan , Udaipur
In the village of Nathdwara, stands the temple of Shrinathji, the form of the Lord Krishna when he lifted the Govardhan hill, with one arm raised. Shrinathji Temple is also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji'. The temple was built by Goswami priests in 1672. Shrinathji is seen as Thakorji or Master of the House and Seva (service) is offered rather than worship.
The idol of the Lord Krishna is believed to have moved during the late 17th century to Nathdwara from Govardhan. When the idol reached the particular spot, the wheels of bullock cart in which the idol was being transported sank in mud and could not be moved.The priests realising that the Lord chose that place to reside built the temple with the guidance of then Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar
The temple has been contracted along the lines of the mansion or haveli of Nanda Maharaj in Vrindavan. There is a kalasha on the shikhara at the top of the temple, on which seven flags are flown along with the Sudarshana Chakra. The seven flags represent the 7 'houses' of Pushti Marg or Vallabh Sampradaya. Like a regular household it has a chariot, Doodhghar, Paanghar, Mishrighar, Pedaghar, Phoolghar, Gahnaghar, a kitchen, a treasury, a stable fo...View more
horses, a drawing room, a gold and silver grinding wheel. The image is in a single black marble, where the lord is revealed with his left hand raised and the right hand made into a fist resting at the waist, depicting his form when he lifted the Govardhan mountain.
Timings : Not available
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothing
Picture Courtesy : www.myoksha.com
Udaipur, the erstwhile capital of Mewar dynasty is one of the major cities of Rajasthan. Popular for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces, Udaipur is a favoured destination of tourists from all around the world.
By air- The temple around 50 km from Udaipur airport Taxis or personal vehicles can be taken to reach Shrinathji Temple.
By rail/road - Nathdwara is well connected to other parts of North India by rail and roads.
The priests perform services like Aartis and the Shringar to the Lord. During Shringar. The idol of Shrinathji, is bathed and dressed in beautiful attires.
Diya, incense sticks, flowers, fruit
The deity is treated like a living child and is attended with daily normal functions, like bathing, dressing, meals and resting times at regular intervals.