Udaipur To Shrinathji Temple
Shrinathji temple of Nathdwara, Rajasthan is a Hindu temple dedicated to one of the avatars of Lord Krishna - Shrinathji. It is located on the banks of the river Banas, at a distance of 48 km from the beautiful city of Udaipur. The glorious temple is a famous pilgrimage point of Rajasthan and a must-see if you are on tour of the religious places of Rajasthan. The Shrinathji temple of Nathdwara is famous for the Shringar of the deity where the idol is dressed in a new dress every day. Devotees come from all over the world come to see the idol's different forms.
The majestic temple has its story which traces to back to the time of Meera Bai and is important to Hindu mythological history. The Shrinathji Temple has an interesting origin story that mixes the best of both worlds - reality and legend. It has been designed in the lines of the temple of Nanda Maharaj, in Vrindavan. Therefore, it is also known as Nanda Bhavan or Nandalaya. This magnificent temple is overcrowded during the festivals of Holi, Diwali and Janmashtami. The Shrinathji Temple is also known for its culinary feast, which is well sought-after and serves hundreds of visitors every year.
Tips For Visiting Shrinathji Temple
Try to avoid visiting during the festival times, but if you are, make sure to plan your trip beforehand and book hotels early to avoid any rush.
Best time to visit
The Shrinathji Temple is open throughout the year, but special festivities take place during Holi and Janmashtami with much enthusiasm of the locals. Annakutta is a festival linked to the Govardhan Parvat lifting of Lord Krishna which is celebrated with much fervour. However, the temple is overcrowded with devotees from all around the country during these festivals.
The ritual starts with Mangala when the idol is revealed for the first darshan of the day. The dressing ceremony Shringar follows Mangala, which is followed by Gwal, the mid-morning snack for the deity. Next is Rajbhog – the lunch and then comes Utthanpan – the afternoon siesta time. After that Bhog - the Lord's dinner, Sandhya Aarti - the final puja and Shayan bed time for the Lord takes place.Mangala - 5:15 AM - 06:00 AM
Shringar - 7:15 AM - 07:45 AM
Gwal - 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Rajbhog - 11:15 PM - 12:05 PM Uthapan - 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Bhog - 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Sandhya Aarti - 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Shayan - 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM