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Nathdwara

Nathdwara is one of the most famous pilgrimages of adherents of the Pushtimarg Hindu sect of India. It is popular for its Sri Nathji Temple devoted to Lord Krishna and Pichhwai paintings.

Nathdwara is a small town in Rajasthan about 48 km north-east of Udaipur. Situated on the right bank of the Banas River, Nathdwara - which means "Gate of the Lord" - is a renowned Hindu pilgrimage place. Nathdwara has one of the most worshiped temples of Lord Krishna. The temple was built in the 17th century and is devoted to Lord Srinathji; it has an interesting tale behind its existence.

It is believed that this statue was originally enshrined at Mount Govardhana near Mathura. In order to protect this beautiful figurine from destruction through the Mughal King Aurangazeb, it was to be moved to Mewar in 1672. At some point during the transfer, the chariot holding the statue sank into mud and got stuck. The priest accompanying the statue decided that it was God's will that the statue should stay where it was. It was at the same place that the statue was placed and a temple was constructed which is now known as the Srinathji Temple.

The temple which is popularly known as the Haveli of Shrinathji holds the deity that is worshipped like a child. This black stone statue of Lord Krishna depicts the form when the Lord lifted the Govardhana hill to protect his people from incessant rains caused by the jealous Lord Indra.

The Lord residing here as an idol follows a daily routine like a normal human being: he takie a bath, gets dressed, eats and rests which is a very interesting characteristic of this temple. Darshans or glimpses of Srinathji can be sought nearly 8 times in the entire day and are the major attraction of the temple. These Darshans are individually known as Ashtaya, Mangala, Shrungar, Gwal, Rajbhog, Uthhapan, Bhog, Sandhaya Aarti and Shayan. Devotees throng the temple to see their Lord adorned with beautiful garments and loaded with expensive jewelry which further accentuates the charm of the black stone idol placed here. 

The serenity and religious environment here
Lal Bagh
This beautiful garden located on the outskirts of the city is an oasis of greenery and is known for its collection of rare plants and trees.
Shrinath Ji Temple
Nathdwara enshrines Shrinathji - an image of Krishna, which was originally, enshrined at the Vraja Bhoomi at Mount Govardhana near Mathura.The name Nathdwara means Gate of the Lord. This 17th century temple houses the original statue of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna. According to history, the statue was brought to Mewar kingdom for the sake of safety in the period of Aurangazeb the Moghul monarch. In Shrinathji temple the temple priests change the vestments and ornaments of Shrinathji daily with love and reverence.

 Nathdwara is popular for its Pichhwai paintings It is the most renowned pilgrim of India.Nathdwara is also famous for the Pichhwai paintings - the most famous Rajasthani art. This art portrays the Lord Shrinathji & their activities. This art portrays the Lord Shrinathji & their activities. Pichwai paintings are works of art that are used to adorn the walls of temples, behind the idol. The Pichwai style is from the Nathdwara School, and is identified by characteristic features of large eyes, broad nose and a heavy body, similar to the features on the idol of Shrinathji.

 

 

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Surrounded by the Aravali hills and regarded as one of the most attractive cities in India, Udaipur is a city of beautiful palaces and lakes that add immensely to the grandeur and romance of royal Rajputana.
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