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Rajasthan Temples >> Nathdwara Temple
Another place that can add some lofty
feelings to your mind is the temple in Nathdwara. Though
Udaipur is populated with temples, to explore more about
the mythical tales of India make a sure visit to the
Nathdwara temple in Udaipur. Spiritual minded tourists
attracted largely to the Udaipur temples. Though Nathdwara
is few kilometers away from Udaipur there are also many
popular temples to be traveled in Udaipur.
Nathdwra is 48 kms in the north east of Udaipur. Traveling
to Nathdwara temple from Udaipur by the rental coaches
will take some 90 minutes. The Nathdwara temple is situated
on the banks of Banas River. If you are traveling to
Nathdwara temple by public transport then also it is
quite easy as there is frequent communication system
from Udaipur. The nearest railway junction to Nathdwara
is Mavli. The word Nathdwara means the 'gate of the
lord'. Nathdwara is a famous pilgrimage for the Hindus.
The principal shrine in this temple is Shrinathji, which
is again another form of Lord Krishna.
The Nathdwara temple is a holy place for the Vaishnavas.
It is also the center of Pushtimarg Sampradaya a principle
laid down by Jagat guru Sri Vallabhacharya. The main
idol of Nathdwara temple is Srinathji, which is carved
out of one piece of black marble. The Nathdwara temple
is also known as the 'Haveli of Srinathji'. It was once
the palace for the Rajput rulers.
Thousand of devotees line up in front of the temple
in the early morning to serve the Lord. In the Nathdwara
temple to pay your offerings to the lord you need to
visit at any of the eight prescribed time slots. These
eight specified time slots are collectively known as
Ashtaya. Here are the name of those eight individual
time slots like Mangala, Shrungar, Gwal, Rajbhog, Uthhapan,
Bhog, Sandhaya Aarti and Shayan. During each of the
time slots the devotees and followers chant hymns and
lyrics in praise of the lord.