Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara

Here you will know about Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara.

The 17th century temple is a much worshipped Lord Krishna dedicated shrine in Nathdwara that is located 48kms north east from Udaipur. There is a significant belief that Lord Krishna himself chose the temple site through his signs, there are even many more fascinating stories bound to this pilgrimage that will be mentioned in the article below.

Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara

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Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara


There are two significant stories that are believed in the construction of the temple:

(The stories have been heard from the priests of Shrinathji Temple)

First Story

It is believed that in 1672, to save the Krishna idol from the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Rana Raj Singh took the idol from Vrindhawan and decided to take it far away from the reach of the Mughal Emperor.

The idol was placed in a bullock cart, which was stuck at a place in Nathdwara, the priests that were accompanying the idol, on this incident concluded that Lord Krishna wanted to be stay at the same place where the bullock cart was stuck. Hence, a huge shrine was built where the idol of Lord Krishna was worshipped, and is still being worshipped.

Second Story

Meera Bai, the renowned deity of Lord Krishna, one day asked Lord Krishna to come along with her to her birth place Chittor. Lord Krishna agreed to come along, but kept one condition: he said that he’ll surely walk behind her but asked her, not to look behind till she reached Chittor.

It is believed that on reaching Nathdwara, Meera Bai lost her patience and glanced behind to check where Lord Krishna was following her or not.

On not following the condition, Krishna Ji turned himself into a statue and said “I’ll rest here till there is purity in the world, as soon as I sense extreme Sins in Kalyuga; I’ll disappear from this land.”


Brief About The Temple

  • The Temple is also renowned as ‘Shrinath Ji ki Haveli’.
  • The statue of Shrinath Ji (Lord Krishna) is alluring; one can feel his presence in the statue.
  • Carved out of a black stone, Shrinath Ji’s idol bears an extortionate diamond on its chin.

Shrinathji Temple Nathdwara

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  • The idol is decorated each day; Shrinath Ji is dressed up each day in an exquisite dress, and accessories increasing his charm.
  • The idol is surrounded by the images of a snake, 2 cows, 2 peacocks, a lion and a parrot.
  • The temple premises include several store rooms for milk, betel, sugar, flowers. Also a jewellery chamber, a kitchen, a stable for horses, a treasury, a grinding wheel of gold and silver and a drawing room. Also a chariot is available for Shrinath Ji to travel across the city at occasions.
  • Also there are more than 500 cows under the temple authority.

Additional Information

  • The city Nathdwara is considered as the as ‘Gate of Lord’.
  • People of Nathdwara do not consume non-vegetarian food; hence there will be only vegetarian food available in the city.
  • The Temple remains extremely crowded on various festivals including Diwali, Holi and Janmashtami.
  • Foreigners are exempted from visiting the temple.
  • Nathdwara can be reached by buses or cars from Udaipur City.
  • Photography is allowed in the temple.
  • Also a culinary feast is served for all.
  • We recommend you to visit the Shrinath Ji Temple between the months: October & March. As the weather is cool and dry in the following months in the area.

Shrinathji Temple Darshan Timings

  • Mangla: From 5:45am to 6:30am
  • Shringar: From 7:25am to 8:00am
  • Gwal: From 9:15am to 9:30am
  • Rajbhog: From 11:15am to 12:05pm
  • Uthapan: From 3:50pm to 4:10pm
  • Bhog: 4:50pm to 5:05pm
  • Aarti: 5:15pm to 6:45pm

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