Located at a distance of 48 kilometers from Udaipur, Nathdwara is famous as the abode of Srinathji, sited at the bank of river Banas. The entire town lives around Sri Nathji and you will be pleased to be greeted with “Jaya Sri Kishna”, “Hare Krishna” by the people living here.
According to a famous legend, Shrinathji’s idol was originally enshrined in Vrindavan. In order to protect it from the destructive rage of Aurangzeb, Rana Raj Singh decided to take the idol to a safe place. While it was being taken to the decided spot the chariot’s wheel sank deep into the mud. As the chariot didn’t move any further, even after significant efforts, the escorting priest sensed that this place was chosen by the Lord himself. The place was Nathdwara and thereafter the temple was built there.
Shrinathji symbolizes the incarnation of Lord Krishna lifting the “Govardhan Parbat”. The idol at the temple is carved out of a large black stone and is truly captivating. The idol also has a snake, two cows, a lion, a parrot and two peacocks imprinted on it.
After Vrindavan, Nathdwara is among the most famous holy places dedicated to Lord Krishna, in India. The town is frequented by devotees in large numbers during Holi, Janmashtmi and Diwali. Along with these, Annakutta is also celebrated in full zeal here.
Apart from religious significance, Nathdwara is also renowned for its “Pichwai” paintings, flavorsome sweets and ivory articles. There are hundreds of artists in Nathdwara who earn their living by painting. Most of the artists live in the popular “Chitaron Ki Gali”. The art works here beautifully portray the artist’s love for the Lord, making the art form distinct from all other forms.