Video - In and Around Shreenathji Nathdwara Temple
Significance of the temple
Shri Nathdwara which is a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna literally means the gateway to the Lord ShriNathji. In 17th century this great Vaishnavite shrine was built on spot exactly identified by the Lord himself. One of the legends depicts that the idol of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the destructions cause by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. When the Lord Krishna's idol reached this spot, the wheels of bullock cart it was traveling on sank axle deep in mud and did not move further at all. The accompanying priest with the Lord's Chariot realized that this was Lord's chosen spot and the Lord did not want to travel any further.
The Shrinathji temple is referred to as 'Haveli', commonly used word in Rajasthan for the big mansions of the wealthy merchants. Temple servants here at the temple wear the clothes and costumes of the bygone era of kings and queens and serve Lord Krishna as the beloved prince and son of Nandaraj and Yashoda maiya, the adoptive parents of Lord Krishna.
The temple authorities of Shreenathji Temple possess approximately 500 cows and the milk of these cows, is used for the preparation of sweets and milk products and served as bhog or Prasad. Among these cows, there is one cow that is considered as Shrinathji's cow. This cow is believed to have come from the lineage, which served the Lord from ages.
Time to VisitThe best time to visit the Shreenajthji Temple is during the festivities of Holi, Diwali and Janmashtami, where devotees throng in large numbers. Besides these festivals, Annakutta is a major festival that is being held here with a whole-hearted passion. Non-Hindus are also allowed to visit this temple, however with an exception of foreigners.
Rules and Rituals of the temples
|Mangla is the first darshan of day in the Shreenathji Temple. Arati is being offered to lord Shrinathji during this first darshan. Mangla darshan takes place in the morning hours before sunrise in winter months and in summer months it is later. During summer months Shrinathji wears a dhoti and in winter months he wears a Coat or Rajai.|
Shringar is the second part of the darshan of day. Shringar darshan takes palce after about one hour. Dry fruits are being offered to Shrinathji during this shringar darshan. In this Darshan, Shrinathji is dressed well and songs are sung by the poets.
Gval DarshanGval Darshan is the third darshan of day, it is when shrinathji takes cows to the field. During this darshan sweets are offered to Shrinathji.
Rajbhog DarshanRajbhog Darshan serves as the fourth darshan when the delicious food is being served to shrinathji and also aarti is performed.
Uthapan DarshanIt is the fifth darshan and it held at about 3 p.m. when Lord Shrinathji awakes after his noon sleep.
Bhog DarshanIt is the sixth darshan of day when Shrinathji is being offered fruits and light meal.
Sandhya Arti DarshanIt is in the evening the seventh darshan of the day. This is when shrinathji bring all cows back to their home and the Evening Arti and bhog etc. also performed during darshan.
Shayan DarshanIt is the eighth and last darshan of day which mostly emphasis Shrinathji to go to sleep in night where the paan and aarti can be performed to lord Shrinathji.
Other places to visit
- Moti Mahal
- Sudarshan Chakraraj
- Kamal Chowk
- Ratan Chowk
- Mani Kotha
- Temples of Shri Navnit Priyaji
- Shri Krishna storehouse
- Lal Bagh
- Shreenathji Goshala
Accommodation Facilities at the TempleAccomodation facilites are very much flexbile near the temple and other Dharamshala.
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How to Reach the Temple
- Nathdwara is 48 kms from Udaipur in Rajasthan which is well connected to all major cities through buses, trains and flights.
- Through Air by the way of Indian Airlines and Jet Airways, Udaipur connects with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Mumbai. The Dabok Airport is 52 km.
- Through Railways- Western Railways connects the Mavli Junction on the meter gauge with direct trains from Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Khandwa. Mavli Junction is 38 km and Chittorgarh is 110 Km.
- Through Road- the State Government and Deluxe buses connects Nathdwara with all major tourist stations of Rajasthan and the City Bus station which is 1.5 km away.