Shrinathji Temple

God Name Shrinathji
Country India
State Rajasthan
City Nathdwara
Timing All days of the week 5:30 AM - 12:30 AM 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Session Any Time
Establish Year 1700
  • By Road

    Nathdwara is well-connected by road with Udaipur which is about 48kms from Nathdwara town. Rajasthan Roadways has frequent regular and deluxe bus services from Udaipur to Nathdwara. Volvo super deluxe buses also ply from Ahmedabad, Pushkar, Delhi, Ajmer and Jaipur.


Description

Nathdwara is a small town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Situated at a distance of 48kms in the north-east of Udaipur, Nathdwara is sited on the right bank of Banas River. Nathdwara is famous for its 17th century temple that is dedicated to Lord Shrinathji (Lord Krishna). The term 'Nathdwara' suggests the 'gate of the lord'. Shrinathji Temple is also known as 'Haveli of Shrinathji' and makes a prominent pilgrimage of the Hindus / Vaishnavas. Built in the 17th century, Shrinathji Temple is dedicated to rd 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.

History

The deity (Swaroop) at the famous Vaishnav temple of Shri Nathadwara in Rajasthan (India) is known as SHRINATHJI. This Swaroop in reality is that of Lord Shri KRISHNA. SHRINATHJI represents child Krishna when He was seven years of age. The present temple of SHRINATHJI at Shri Nathadwara was built in the year 1728. The swaroop of SHRINATHJI is four feet high and is black in color. The left hand is raised-inviting disciples to go to Him. Right hand fist rests on the waist. The swaroop has a square Pithika, containing nine objects: Two Cows, A Cobra, A Sheep, A Man (Muni), A Parrot, Two men (Munies), A Snake, A Lion and Two Peacocks. It is believed Shrinathji used to travel to Mewar to play dice with a Princess by the name of Ajab Kauri. She was upset whenever her beloved Shrinathji would go back to Vraj and asked him to stay with her in the palace. Lord Shrinathji said that one day He would make her palace His home. This palace is the current temple of Shrinathji. his haveli of shrinathjilala also called nandbhuvan or the house of nand baba.This temple has a chappar under which shrinahji resides and over which there is shri dwajaji and the sudarshan chakra. This modest but one of the wealthiest temple in india attracts krishna devotees from all over the world including various parts of india,but significantly the gujarati people .it is one of the wealthiest temples of india.life in the town revolves around this haveli of shrijinath,(haveli)the term used for all temples of the PUSHTIMARAG VAISHNAVISM ,interestingly,this is one of the most colorful sects within the devotional side of hinduism whis also happens to be one of the few that does not advocate renunciation for spiritual growth. shrinathji was evidently quite popular with other medivial devotees as well as there were gaudiya preachers in the present day PAKISTAN (dera ghazi khan). shrinathji was worshiped as far away as RUSSIA(in the lower volga region)and other arts on the central asian routes.tradition holds that he will one day return to govardhan hills only he knows when. In shriathji temple ,worship(pooja) is replaced by servitude(seva).the temple priest change the vestments and ornaments of shrinathji daily with lots of love and reverence.it is said shrinathji appears to his devotees in many forms:the devine child inspiring parental love,the flute playing god in the forest.places in the temple include motimahal,sudarshan chakra,dhwajaji,kamal chowk ,mani kotha,shri navnit priyaji ka mandir. Darshans or glimpses of Srinathji can be sought 8 times in the day. individually known as Ashtaya, the 8 darshans are Mangala, Shrungar, Gwal, Rajbhog, Uthhapan, Bhog, Sandhaya Aarti and Shayan. In each of them the leelas (divine manifestations) of the Lord are described and harmonized with His daily routine. Millions of devotees come here every year, to make there wish and pray to the almighty Lord Krishna. Taking a legend as his cue, Mahaprabhu decided to open the haveli, his own version of the Nandalay (House / Palace of Nanda, foster father of Lord Krshna), at specific times of the day only. Acharya set aside eight times of the day when the doors of the inner sanctum would be left open for the people to catch a glimpse ("jakhi") of the Lord. Rest of the time, the Lord was allowed to go out and play with his friends?gopas and gopies of Vraj. The sequence of eight darshans are set out below. Mangala: First darshan of the day. Lord, having woken up, has just had his breakfast and greets his devotees with the most "auspicious" darshan of the day. This darshan usually occurs at dawn. Shringar: Having bathed and dressed her little darling, Mother Yashoda allows everyone to adore her baby. After this darshan, the Lord goes out to play with his friends. Gval: Having had his mid-morning snack, the Lord is about to go out to heard the cows of Nandaji. Lord is worshipped by reciting His thousand names and the sacred tulsi (basil) leaves are offered with each name. Rajbhog: After his mid-day meal, the Lord is resting in the comfort of Nanadalay. Lord is often most regal and resplendent for this darshan. Fresh garlands and lotuses are offered to the Lord. The arti, Lord plays chopat, an ancient board game or version of chess to while away the hot afternoon. Utthanpan: Lord has just woken up from his afternoon siesta. Bhog: Having had his afternoon snack, the Lord is about to go out to play again. Sandhya: As the sun dips over the western horizon, the Lord returns with the herds of Nandaji and the gopies come to see their beloved. Mother Yashoda wards off any evil that may have befalled her darling in the woods of Vraj, by doing an arti and the Lord bathes for the evening meal.