Nathdwara, a small town in Rajasthan, 48 kilometres north-east of Udaipur, is a pilgrimage spot for the devotees of Lord Krishna, where a manifestation of our Lord is present in His infant incarnation and worshipped as Shrinathji. Historically the formation of the ‘Haveli of Shrinathji’ or the mansion of our God, was initiated in the 17th century, during the barbarian destruction of the anti-Hindu Mughal ruler Aurengzeb. The idol was shifted from Mathura in 1672 A.D. along river Yamuna and was retained at Agra for almost six months, and finally while crossing the village Sihad or Sinhad in Mewar, the wheels of chariot in which the icon was being transported sank into mud and could not be moved any farther. The accompanying priests realised that the place was the Lord Shrinathji’s chosen spot and accordingly, the icon was installed in a temple there under the rule and protection of the then Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar. Due to the plunders and loots carried out by Holkars of Indore, the Medas and the Pindaris, the icon was shifted again and was protected at Udaipur and Ghasiyar under the patronage of Maharana Bheem Singh of Mewar. The temple has been designed in the lines of temple of Nanda Maharaj (Krishna’s father), in Vrindavan.
The icon of Shrinathji, carved out of black stone, is symbolic of Krishna ‘lila’, when He lifted the Govardhan Hill. Apart from eight sacred darshanas every day, namely Mangala, Shringar, Gval, Rajbhog, Uttanpan, Bhog, Sandhya, and Shayan, a number of other rituals are taken place. A motley group of devotees gather here during festivals like Holi, Janmashtami, Annakutta and Diwali.
The aura of spiritual enlightenment and blissful union of faith and divinity in Nathdwara, also known as the Apollo of Mewar, makes Shrinathji temple the centre of attraction of Udaipur. Visit and explore !