Rajasthan the “Land of Maharajas” is the largest state of India, which comprises of 33 districts The Shrinath ji Temple is located on the bank of the Banas River in Shri Nathdwara, Rajasthan. This sacred temple is having an utterly beautiful black marble Deity of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is standing with his hand upraised exciting Govardhana Hill. It is situated at a distance of 48 km in the north-east of Udaipur. Shrinath Temple is also referred as ‘Haveli of Shrinathji and also considered as the most eminent pilgrimage of the Hindu/ Vaishnavas. The idol of Srinathji, carved out of black marble was established first at the Jatipura temple at Mathura (UP) by Jagatguru Sri Vallabhacharya.
Shri Nathdwara is a pathway to Lord Shree Krishna which literally means the gateway to the Lord Shri Nathji. The Srinathji temple is deemed as the second of the richest Indian temples after the Tirupati Temple of Andhra Pradesh. You can find a huge crowd in this holy shrine throughout the year. Many devotees who come to Nathdwara, offer their services for the Deity, such as cutting vegetables, garland-making or cleaning the temple.
It is believed that the idol of the Lord Krishna was being moved to safer place from Vrindavan to protect it from the critical wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. When the idol accomplished this spot, the wheels of bullock cart was wandering in, sank axle deep in mud and refused to move further at all. The associated priest realized that this was Lord’s chosen spot and the Lord did not wish to travel any further. Accordingly, the Temple was built here.
There is a story that Sri Nathji once tore his garment while hastening back to the temple at the time for darshan. From that day, it has been a custom to blow the conch and then wait few minutes before opening the altar doors. In such a way, Sri Nathji may return happily to his temple from wherever he may be sporting. The temple of Sri Nathji and further places of worship for the devotees of Vallabhacharya are like houses. They are like the Gokul house of Lord Krishna’s father, Shri Nanda Maharaja. This beautiful temple, consequently, known as Nandalaya or Nanda Bhavan, you can say “the house of Nanda Maharaja.” On the top of the temple is a kalasa or spire, as well as seven flags and the disc of Lord Vishnu. The temple has its own cows, in which one of the cows is called the “Sri Nathji’s cow” and move toward from a lineage that has served the Deity for generations. The milk from this Sri Nathji’s cow goes only for Sri Nathji to drink and the milk from the further cows is made into a variety of sweets for the Deity. This holy shrine witnesses a huge crowd everyday. One must visit this beautiful temple to get the blessings from god. Shreenathji mandir, Shreenathji temple in nathdwara rajasthan