Home to the renowned Pichhwai art, Nathdwara is a small town in Rajasthan situated 45 kilometers North-East of the city of the lakes- Udaipur.
Shrinath ji temple, the focal point of the town, is a place of worship dedicated to the younger representation of the Hindu God lord Krishna. The idol of the presiding deity portrays him to be holding his left hand out, raised high over his head, whereas right hand is curled into a fist placed by his side. The whole posture symbolizes the tale where Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to save people from the wrath of Lord Indra.
According to a legend, the idol of Shrinath ji, as the Lord is called here, had emerged from a huge black stone on the Govardhan hills (Mathura) in CE 1490-1495. Since then, the lord was worshipped on the place of his self-manifestation till 1672 A.D., when the idol was finally sent to Agra on the commands of Aurangzeb. Six months later, the idol was transferred to Rana Raj Singh of Mewar, but amid the way the chariot that was carrying the idol got stuck near Banas river in the village named Sinhad. Deeming it to be a sign from the Lord himself, the priests concluded that the idol should be placed on the spot, and a new temple should be built right there.
Accordingly, a temple was built by the Rana and was named ‘Shrinath ji ki Haveli’ or townhouse of revered Shrinath. Made of pure marble, the architecture of the temple was quite simple yet praiseworthy. Its interiors were adorned with the signature Pichhwai paintings depicting the ubiquitous theme of Rasleela.
Now, though, the grand structure of the temple is anything but simple. The multi-floored complex is built to accommodate the growing number of devotees visiting the shrine of their esteemed deity. In fact, as much as 63 extension plans are still in progress.
The temple, from the very beginning has attracted ardent devotees from around the nation, and soon a holy township was established around it. Later the town became known as Nathdwara signifying that it is the entryway to the much revered temple. The town has now become synonymous of golden Pichhwai art and Haweli music, both the products of the people’s devotion that they towards Lord Shrinath.
This pilgrimage of Rajasthan is accessible all year round, with special fair like celebrations organized on the festivals Holi, Diwali and Annakoota, when devotees from around the globe gather together to pay a visit to their venerated deity.
Daily Darshan Time
Mangla 05:30am to 06:00am
Shringar 06:45am to 07:20am
Gwal 09:00am to 09:15am
Rajbhog 11:15am to 12:10pm
Uthapan 03:45pm to 04:05pm
Bhog 04:45pm to 05:00pm
Aarti 05:15pm to 06:00pm
Shayan 07:00pm to 07:30pm
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