Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara - One of The Panch Dwarka Temple in Gujarat or a pilgrimage to the 5 abodes of Lord Krishna . Shrinathji Temple is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna, located at Nathdwara in Rajasthan , Shrinathji Mandir is easily accessible from anywhere in Rajasthan. Nathdwara is small town that is truly famous for this temple. Shrinathji lies at a distance of 48 kms from Udaipur .The most famous religious attraction of Nathdwara is the idol of Shrinathji which is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Krishna. The idol was worshipped in Mathura and was carried in 1672 from the hills of Govardhan near Mathura along the sacred Yamuna and then retained in Agra for a period of six months. The name Nathdwara literally translates to be Gateway to Srinathji.
Built in the 17th century, Shrinathji Temple is dedicated to Lord Shrinathji (form of Lord Krishna). Haveli of Shrinathji is the synonymous phrase used for Shrinathji Temple. The word Nathdwara is made up of two terms, one being Nath that means the Lord and the other is Dwara, which suggests gate. Thus, Nathdwara implies the gate of the lord. Shrinathji forms an important pilgrimage site for the Vaishnavites.
Like other temples of India, Shrinathji Temple also has a story behind its foundation.As per the story, the idol of Shrinathji was consecrated in Vrindavan (land related to Lord Krishna). It is believed that when the idol was being transferred to an unapproachable place, the wheel of the cart sank deep down in the mud at a particular place. The escorting priest perceived that this place has been chosen by the Lord himself. Consequently, the temple was constructed on the same spot. The temple is built in simple terms of architecture, yet the divine aura of this temple is eternal.
The striking idol of Shrinathji gets the major attraction and is actually worth seeing. A glimpse of Lord makes one to feel the aesthetic world. Shrinathji represents the form of Lord Krishna, when he raised the Govardhana (a hill).Made out in black stone, the image of the Lord appears majestic with his left hand raised and the right hand confined in a fist. The Lords chin is adorned with a dazzling diamond, which is visible from a distance.
Shrinathji Nathdwara Temple is one amongst the richest temples of India. It receives millions of rupees as offering to the Lord. The temple authorities possess approximately 500 cows and the milk of these cows, is used for the preparation of sweets and milk products. Among these cows, there is one cow that is considered as Shrinathjis cow. This cow is believed to have come from the lineage, which served the Lord from ages.
Formerly, the temple used to receive wagon-loads of food and these were whispered to be consigned by and consigned to Lord Shrinathji. The temple has food-grinders made of gold and silver. It is also said to have four wells of Desi Ghee. The huge temple complex is divided into many sections, like the main shrine, food, Prasad, Priests lodges and stiching department, where tailors stitch marvelous dresses of Shrinathji.
During the festivities of Holi, Diwali and Janmashtami, devotees come in large numbers. Besides Holi and Janmashtami, Annakutta is a major festival that is observed here with a whole-hearted passion. Non-Hindus are allowed to visit this temple, however with the exception of foreigners. Undoubtedly, Shrinathji Temple is a place worth-visiting and feeling the spiritual delight