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Nathdwara Travel Guide

At around 90 min. drive from Udaipur in Rajasthan lies a very popular dham, Nathdwara set amongst perfect hills on the left bank of the Banas River, where one can see lovers in multitudes clustering for worship. The place is most famous for its sanctified Vaishnava temple of Lord Srinathji, the expression of Lord Krishna.

Sri Nathdwara or the entranceway passing to the Srinathji is also the focus of the Pushtimarg Sampradaya, a philosophy produced by Jagat guru Sri Vallabhacharya. One can discover the idol of Srinathji, sculptured out of one piece of black marble belonging to the 12th century and was first installed by Sri Vallabhacharya in a small temple at Jatipura, near Mathura. The little town is a honeycomb of lanes and alleys extending to the hub of activity, the Srinathji Temple. The temple is also called haveli of Srinathji, was once a regal palace of the Rajput rulers.

Over 1000 lovers reach the temple early in the morning to serve the Lord, each day of the year. Getting up throughout the early hours for the first darshan is a regular observation where Lord Sir Nathji takes in regal brilliance. Darshans or glances of Srinathji can be looked for 8 times in the day. Conjointly famous 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 reported and consorted with His daily routine. Groups of devotees invariably flush into the temple, pushing, attracting and reaching out, sometimes even acquiring hurt in the process. The darshan is like a matter of life and death for them and they last it courageously eight times in a day just for those few seconds.

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