Nathdwara is a town in Rajasthan famous for temple of Lord Shrinathji ( Shri Krishna ). It is the main religious place for Hindus of Pushti Marg Vaishnavs.
One can reach Nathdwara By Roadways, Railways, or Airways. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways & Kingfisher Airlines services are available till Udaipur which is 50 KMS from Shreenathji. Taxi & Bus services are available from Udaipur to reach Nathdwara
Similarly, we can reach Phalna, Udaipur, Chittadgadh & Mavli by Railway which is 120 Kms, 50 Kms, 110 Kms & 30 Kms respectively. Bus & Taxi Services are constantly available.
Weather In Summer: 42 C (Max) - 25 C (Min) In winter: 22 C (Max) - 4 C (Min) Rainy Season : from July to Mid Sept, and very humid (Upton 90%)
Once, while Shri Gusainji was in his way to Dwarka , he saw a very lovely spot in Mevar, Rajasthan, called Sinhad and mentioned to Harivanshaji, “In the future, Shrinathji will reside here. As long as I am here, Shrinathji will not leave the Govardhan Hill.” Shri Gusainji then stayed there for two days. The King of the region, Shri Udaya Singh, came for his darshan and presented him with one hundred gold coins. Shri Gusainji blessed him with one of his shawls. After the king accepted it, he bowed to Shri Gusainji and returned to his palace. Later his queen came. She was the daughter of the princess Mirabai. Ajabkunvari, took initiation from Shri Gusainji decided ti head on to Dwarka, Ajaba fainted at the thought of separation from him. Then Shri Gusainji told her, “I cannot live here, but Shrinathji will daily come here and allow you His Darshan.”
Afterwards, Shrinathji daily came from the Govardhan Hill to Mever to appear before Ajaba. After playing the board game Choper with her, Shrinathji would return to the Govardhan Hill. One day Ajaba requested, “ In your Comings and Goings to Mevar from the Govardhan hill, You are very troubled. Live here on Mevar, then I can always see You.”
Shrinathji replied, “As long as Shri Gusainji remains on the earth, I Will not leave the Govarthan Hill. Afterwards, I will Definitely come to mevar and will stay here for many years. Then, when Shri Gusainji again appears in his lineage, I will return to Braja and will play at the Goverdhan Hill for many Years.” Saying that, Shrinathji returned to the Goverthan Hill.
Many years later, Shrinathji remembered that He was supposed to move to Mevar to Mevar and thought, “I Must go to Mevar. But Shri Mahaprabhuji has established My temple on the Goverthan Hill, so the lineage holders will only agree to the move Mevar.”
And hence he forced Aurangzeb to attack the temple and he then with Navneetpriyaji & all balaks left for Mevar which is now called Nathdwara.
Background and importance of Nathdwara.
Situated in ideallic surroundings with the River Banas girdling it towards the West and the North and hills and dales surrounding it on all sides, Sinhad of yore at the time of the advent of Lord Shrinathji- a tiny hamlet inhabited by a few Brahmans and tribes subservient, living in thatched huts, can now Icgimatcly claim to be a developing town ship with a population ncaring fifty thousand equipped with all modern amenities, pulsating with lift and ceaseless human activity, as a nerve centre of this region. Nathdwara, the present version of the three hundred years old Sinhad. is the seat of the premier Pushtimargiya Shrine of Lord Shrinathji, the cynosure of all Pushtimargiya Vaishanavas and claims its name through him having been variously known in history as Shrinathji Dwar. Shriji Dwar, Shri Nathdwara , and Nathdwara (gateway of Shrinathji) it is a place visited by every Pushtimargiya Vaishanava to lie prostrate and donate and offer in all humality, all that he can spare, out of reverence & veneration towards the Lord.
Attractions Near Nathdwara
Shri Vitthalnathji’s Temple Shri Dwarikadhishji’s Temple (Kankroloi) – 15 kms Shri Hariraiji’s Bhaithak (Khamnor) – 15 kms Chetak Smarak (Haldi Ghaati) - 17 kms Shri Ekling Mahadevji – 35 kms ShriNathji’s Charan-Chowki(Ghasiyaar) – 40 kms ShriNathji’s Charan-Chowki(Udaipur) – 50 kms Chaar Bhujaaji – 52 kms Ranakpur – 108 kms Rushabdevji (Kesariyaji) – 110 kms Shri Aavri Mataji – 110 kms Chittodgadh – 112 kms Mount Abu – 190 kms
Aloo poha, at the time of Mangla darshan
The Thandai made of pure milk and dry fruits is a very famous drink available at Chowppaty. Also one can enjoy kasmiri soda late evening