Dedicated to Shrinathji in Nathdwara, Shrinathji temple is an important Hindu temple and pilgrimage centre by Vaishnavs.
History & Significance of the Temple: -
The Swarup or divine form of Shrinathji is said to be self-manifested. Because of some social and economic miserable condition and to protect the idol from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 17th century, the idol of the Lord Krishna was moved to Nathdwara (Rajasthan) from Govardhan. When the idol reached Sihad or Sinhad, the chariot carrying the Lord got stuck in the mud and could not be moved further. The priests realised that this place was the Lord's chosen spot and hence, a temple was built there under the rule of Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar. Shrinathji Temple is also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji’.
Thus a temple was built at this spot and the holy township of Nathdwara grew around the temple. In 1672 Lord Shrinathji was placed in a new Temple built in village Sihad, now called Nathdwara, on the banks of river Banas.
The Image of Shrinathji
Shrinathji symbolizes a form of Krishna, when he lifted the Govardhan hill, with one arm raised. The image in the form of 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, with a large diamond placed beneath the lips.
Legend of Shrinathji Temple
As per the scriptures of Pushtimarg - Shrinahtji used to come to Mewar to play Chaupar with his beloved princess Ajab Kunwari. But at the time of his departure to Vrindavan, she went in deep sorrow. So, the Lord promised her that one day, he would reside here permanently when the time and situation is right. The story of the cart getting stuck in the mud at this place is considered to be the Lord's way of making sure that his promise is kept.
Some interesting facts about Shrinathji Temple:
- The idol of Srinathji Temple is treated as Bal Krishna and thus handled with a child-like care.
- The priests not only offer daily pujas but also bathe, feed, dress and leave him for rest on a timely basis just like a child is taken care of.
- The rituals are supervised under the head of priests ( known as the direct descendants of the founder Vallabhacharya).
- The temple owns around 500 cows, whose milk is used to bathe and feed the deity every day. These cows are also said to be descendants of the ones that served the family of Lord Krishna.
Temple Darshan Timings
Mangala - 5:15 AM - 06:00 AM
Shringar - 7:15 AM - 07:45 AM
Gwal - 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Rajbhog - 11:15 PM - 12:05 PM
Uthapan - 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Bhog - 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Sandhya Aarti - 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Shayan - 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM
Top other attractions near the Temple:
- The Dwarkadheesh Temple, Nathdwara: The Dwarkadheesh Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, is another one of the temples that is of utmost significance to the Vaishnavas and the Vallabhacharya sect. Situated in Kankroli village near the Navchauki Dam, the architectural styles of this temple resemble to that of Shreeji ki Haveli. The idol of Dwarkadheesh has been brought here from Mathura.
- The Eklingji temple, Nathdwara: This is situated in the Eklingji town in close propinquity to the Eklingji Lake. It was constructed in honour of the main idol of the Sesodia Dynasty, Eklingji which is a form of Lord Shiva. The temple is built on the foundation of marble and granite and is known for its beautiful carvings and murals. Special pujas are held on every Mondays in the temple.
- Charbhuja Temple: Located in the outskirts of the main town of Nathdwara and in close proximity to the fort of Bor Rajputs, Charbhuja is a renowned temple in the city dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is considered as the fourth Dham of Lord Vishnu. Its immensely intricate architecture, attractive carving and the mirror work in the temple, makes it a must visit.
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