The temple of shrinathji or Lord Krishna, belonging to the Vaishnav religion is located at Nathdwara, 48 kms. As thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the world pass the lofty mountains and serene lakes of Udaipur, it is impossible for them to resist visiting this important pilgrim centre.
In the temple, enshrined is a unique image of Lord Krishna, which has been sculptured from a single piece of black marble. It is supposed that during the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Lord Krishna's image was brought to Mewar from Mathura by Goswami Daoji and enshrined with complete vedic rites and tradition at Shrinathji by the ruler of Mewar.
One of the arms of the life size image is raised in a manner so as to give an impression of holding the Govardhan Mountain. The other arm rests at the waist which seems not only a dance posture but also as if God is blessing the devotees. In Shrinathji temple, worship (puja) is replaced by servitude (seva). The temple priests change the vestments and ornaments of Shrinathji daily with love and reverence.
The temple has three entrances. The first is through the red door at Chaupati from where the Govardhan worship place can be reached. Surajpol is an entrance excludively for women and leads to Kamal Chowk through Singhpol.
Various religious festivals are celebrated at the temple like Janmashtmi, Phooldol and Diwali. The annakootritual is famous worldwide where cooked rice is hurled at the devotees after the ceremony and is 'looted' by them.
|Timing||:||Mangla - 05:45am to 06:15am, Shringar - 07:15am to 07:40am, Gwal - 09:15am to 09:30am, Rajbhog - 11:20am to 12:15pm, Uthapan - 03:45pm to 04:05pm, Bhog - 04:45pm to 05:00pm, Aarti - 05:10pm to 06:00pm, Shayan - 07:00pm to 07:30pm|
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