Shreenathji Nathdwara Temple

About The Temple

About the Shreenathji Nathdwara Temple:

The famous Sreenathji temple is considered a very important and sacred place for all Vaishnavas. So if you are a follower, you should come to Rajasthan and visit this marvelous temple situated in Nathdwara. Not just Vaishnavas, but any devotee of Lord Krishna can pray in this temple that was built for Shrinathji. It was constructed during the 17th century under the reign of the Mewar dynasty.

Unique culture of the temple:

Each and every devotee of Lord Krishna should visit this holy place to seek blessings of the Lord. The most amazing feature of this temple is that the deity in this temple is Lord Krishna in his divine form. No other temple in the country has a deity of a God in the divinity form. So this is the ideal place for any believer to offer their prayers to the deity. Another unique thing about this temple is that along with your prayers, you can also offer your services to the deity. You can carry woods or cut vegetables for the Bhog. Many people even clean the temple and make garlands for the deity.

About the deity:

The deity of this temple is worshipped worldwide by both the Hindu and Vaishnavas. So many people have faith on SriNathji that there are temples of the deity in almost every country. The deity is the divine form of Lord Krishna as Srinathji, who saved people residing in the Govardhana Hill. You will feel a spiritual ecstasy inside the shrine of Srinathji. Specific rituals are followed for Srinathji throughout the day. So if you visit the temple make sure to look for the sreenathji nathdwara temple timing.

The black idol:

The specialty of the idol is that it is carved out of a monolithic marble stone that is entirely black in color. Though the carving is of Bas-relief, you can see two cows, a lion and a snake engraved on the idol. There is also a parrot and two peacocks carved into the black stone. Three sages are placed nearby the idol. The sreenathji temple is famous for its idol among all the Krishna devotees worldwide. This idol is said to have inspired many respectable people to build a sreenathji temple in other countries.

The shrine for the deity:

Once you reach the temple compounds, you will realize that it has been constructed like the Gokul house of the deity. After going through the huge gate of the temple, you will reach the shrine of Srinathji. This shrine houses the idol of the divine and is the sole shrine in the entire temple compound.

Rituals followed in the temple:

Many complex rituals are held eight times a day in this temple. First is the Mangala or the first darshan at dawn. The next is Shringar where devotees get another glimpse of the deity. During the Gval, the Lord is worshipped for the first time in the day with thousand Basil leaves. At afternoon, the next darshan or Rajbhog takes place where aarti of the deity is done, and fresh lotuses and garlands are offered. After this, the Lord wakes up from the afternoon siesta, and the ritual of Utthanpan is performed then the afternoon snack or Bhog is offered to the deity. After the sun sets, another aarti is done to drive away the darkness and evil. Ultimately at night the deity gives darshan for the last time during the ritual of Shayan.

The season of festivals:

This temple is a holy place for not only the Vaishnavas, but the entire Hindu community. So many festivals are celebrated in the shreenathji nathdwara temple with a lot of gusto and fervor. During these festivals, people from all over the world visit the temple compounds to feel the essence of the festivals. As the deity is in the form of a child during the festivals, proper care is taken of the deity. Everything that is done for any mortal child is done for the deity. That is why during this time the deity is adorned with beautiful clothes and ornaments. The biggest festival held within the premises of the temple is Janmashtami. Holi is also celebrated here with lots of colors, and even foreigners play holi with the locals and other devotees. There are various functions during this time that are held especially for the deity. Special meals, dressing and bathing, is done throughout the day inside the sanctum.

On a pilgrimage:

The Shreenathji temple is the only holy pilgrimage in Nathdwara. The speciality of this place is that any Hindu can come and seek blessings from the deity during the sreenathji nathdwara puja. You do not need to be a Krishna devotee to have a darshan of the deity. If you have devotion and faith in your heart, then you will be blessed by the Lord.

How To Reach

The city of Nathdwara is connected to every part of Rajasthan by roads. So no matter where you are you can reach the temple easily.

 

  • By Air: Udaipur airport is very close to Nathdwara. You will find domestic flights to all cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The airport is merely sixty kilometers away from Nathdwara. Taxi services are available at cheap rates from the temple to the airport. If you are from another country, you can get an international flight from any of the destination cities.
  • By Rail: The Mavli Junction is the closest railway station to the city. Nathdwara is thirty kilometers away from this station and fifty kilometers away from the Udaipur railway station. Regular trains are available from Udaipur and Mavli station for Gwalior, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Every alternate day you can get a train to any of the metro cities.
  • By Road: There are plenty of transports available in and out of the city. Not just the neighboring cities but you will even get buses from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Bus and car facilities are also available from every metro city.

So you can choose the transport as per your budget and convenience. There are numerous options for every person who wishes to visit the temple.

 

Nearby Attractions

There are many temples around Nathdwara that are visited by thousands of tourists each year. Most of these temples are built during the Mewar dynasty.

  • Bohra Ganesh Temple: It is one of the ancient temples of Udaipur. Every Wednesday hundreds of devotees appear in the shrine, to seek blessings from Lord Ganesh. Any holy deed is considered incomplete without worshipping Lord Ganesh.
  • Karni Mata Temple: It is situated at the Machhla Hills beside Lake Pichola. Devotees climb several flights of stairs to reach the temple. The temple was built under the reign of Karan Singh during 1620-1628.
  • Ekling Ji Temple: This temple is situated twenty kilometers from the city of Udaipur. There is a legend that says Bappa Rawal built this temple after he saw a cow shredding milk over a bush. Later it was recognized as a Shivalingam, and Bappa Rawal decided to build a temple at that place. It is said that his forefathers were the rulers of Mewar.
  • Jagdish Temple:: This temple was built under the rule of Jagat Singh. The popular belief is that Jagat Singh was a devotee of Lord Jagannath of Orissa so every year he would travel all the distance to be part of the rath yatra. One year he couldn’t reach on time and missed the annual yatra. That year the Lord appeared in his dreams and told him to build a Jagannath temple in the city of Udaipur.
  • Ambamata Temple: It is the most famous and ancient temple of Udaipur. There is a fascinating story associated with this temple too. It is said that Raj Singh was suffering from an ailment in his eyes but one night he dreamt of the Goddess, who told him that he would find an idol in a particular place, and he should construct a temple there. Next day he went and found the idol of Ambamata. He started building the temple and soon recovered from all his ailments.

So if you are visiting sreenathji nathdwara temple rajasthan you should also take some time and visit these holy temples of Udaipur.

 

History Of Temple

The temple is so ancient that there are thousands of legends related to shreenathji nathdwara temple history. One legend says that the idol of Lord Krishna was being transferred from Vrindavan to a safe place to safeguard the idol from destruction. Emperor Aurangzeb of the Mughal Dynasty was planning to attack and destroy the idol. So a group of priests and guards set out in search of a distant place for keeping the idol safe from the Mughal emperor. But while they were passing through Mewar the wheels of the cart got stuck in the thick mud in the village of Sinhad and wouldn’t move any further.

The priest who accompanied the idol felt that the Lord doesn’t wish to move any further and decided to build the temple on the same land. But during the 18th-19th century many attacks were planned on the temple by the Pindaris, Medas and Holkars. Finally, the Idol found its home in Nathdwara under the reign of Bheem Singh.

There is another legend about the posture of the deity in the idol. The idol that is engraved on a black marble has an image of the deity with his one hand raised above his head and another hand forming a fist at his waist. It is said that Indra starts rain in Vrindavan which threats to drown all residents of Govardhan Hill. But then Lord Krishna lifts up the entire Govardhan Hill and saves the people from the downpour. If you visit the temple, you will find plenty of such legends regarding the construction of the temple.