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Touring Nathdwara

This city of sweets is famous for exuberant festivals, miniature paintings, and jewellery. It is a luxurious city and is the home town of one of the wealthiest temples in India. Nathdwara literally means “gateway to the god” and the main attraction of the town is the shrine of Lord Krishna built in the 17th century. The city life here revolves around this temple which is called of ‘Haveli’. Nathdwara situated in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is situated on the right bank of the Banas River and is 42 km from Udaipur.

Speciality of Nathdwara

The black stone statue of Lord Krishna in Nathdwara belongs to the 12th century and was first installed by Sri Vallabhacharya in a small temple at Jotipura near Matura. There is a story behind the transfer of the idol from Matura to Nathdwara. Temple folklore says that it was brought from Matura in 1669, to protect it from the devastating and harmful anger of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

It is said that while transferring the idol in a bullock cart, on reaching the present spot of the shrine, the wheel of the cart stuck in the mud. The priest who was travelling with the idol comprehended that Lord Krishna had chosen the spot for his shrine. After that a temple to Lord Krishna was constructed at the spot. This Haveli was once a royal palace of the Rajput rulers. Now the idol of Lord Krishna was the main speciality of Nathdwara.

Rituals of the Temple

Shrinathji temple follows unique rituals. The inner sanctum of the temple opens eight times a day. At this time only devotees get darshan or catch a glimpse of the sacred form of Krishna. Each time the temple opens the leelas (divine sport) of the Lord are described and harmonized with his daily routine. The jewels of pre-Mugal India are worn by Shrinathji (the idol of Lord Krishna). Classical music is played in the halls at regular intervals.

The Haveli is built around several levels of courtyards reflecting the regal life of the past Maharajas of India. Temple servants consider Lord Nathdwara as a beloved prince and serve him. They still wear the costumes of the bygone era. Manual pulling of the fan by the Pankh walas to cools the interior of the temple. Drums and trumpets play to announce the “Royal Darshan”. The doorways are decorated with the drawings of elephants, horses, beautiful maidens and doorkeepers. The interior of the temple is beautified with fine object from China, gold and silver ware paintings, wall hangings, clothes and furniture of the past.

This rich temple of Shrinathji receives millions of rupees as offering to the Lord. The temple owns more than 400 cows and the milk is used to prepare sweet and milk products to offer the god. One of these cows is considered as Shrinathji’s cow. The Haveli employs 1000 people, but these employees including the priest within the temple are not paid any salaries. They receive Prasad as their reward. The rest of the town depends and thrives directly or indirectly from the Havali and its pilgrims.

Facilities for visit

Nathdwara offers accommodation of cheap and comfortable rooms starting from 50p per night. Nathdwara offers all facilities for your visit like luxurious air-conditioned hotels and restaurants. The town offers vegetarian food and alcohol is completely prohibited here. To feel the peace and spirituality of the place you can reach the town by air or train. Udaipur is the nearest airport and railway station. Rickshaws and horse carts are good means of transportation here. Touring Nathwara is good for your shopping and for rare collections. Nathdwara is famous for handmade terracotta and pichhwai paintings. Pichhwai paintings, of Lord Krishna are decorated with gold colour.

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Touring Nathdwara


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