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Vaikunth By Adamo, Nathdwara

PLACES TO VISIT IN Nathdwara

Nathdwara, apart from its spiritual experiences, has an array of visual treats that are in store for the visitors. In fact, some of these treasures are located at very close proximity to our property.

Shrinathji Temple

Shrinathji Temple

This is one of the most revered and visited temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in India. Situated 2.8 Km away, it is a day visit from Nathdwara.

Shrinathji Darshan

Darshan: Mangla - 05:15 to 06:00

This is the first darshan of the day. The name Mangla underlines auspiciousness of beginning the day with a glimpse of lord. In winter this darshan takes place before sunrise, while in summer, it is later.

During Mangla darshan, the main doors of the sanctum are kept closed and are only opened after the customary initial rituals. This ensures that the drowsy divine child is not startled by large crowds rushing in to see him. It also accords with the mood of the darshan, which is bala bhava, the feelings of a parent concerned about a child's well - being another idea underlying the closed doors is that the svarupa should not be tempted to play with his young companions as opening doors might tempt him to run out!

Arti is offered to Shrinathji during this darshana. This ritual banishes the evil spirits which hover around in the darkness of the night, seeking to cause harm. This morning darshana is dedicated to the memory of paramandadas, one of the asthachhapa poets.

Darshan :: Shringar - 07:15 to 07:45

The next darshana follows the first by hour and is called shringar. Shrinathji is dressed carefully from head to foot, and a garland of flowers is placed around his neck. A Mukhiya holds a mirror in front of him so that he can satisfy himself that, he is well dressed. This is his play hour like that of any other child, and he is offered dry fruits and sweets representing food brought to him by his beloved gopis. This explains why he is called gopivallabha

Darshan :: Gwal - 09:15 to 09:30

Third darshana takes place at the hour when the lord takes his cows to pasture. The Mukhiya of the Gaushala (Cowpen) of Nathdwara visits Shrinathji at this time to inform him that all his Cows are well. He is then offered makhan mishri, a light dish with a milk base.

Darshan :: Rajbhog - 11:25 to 12:15

The main meal of the day is offered to Shrinathji at Rajabhoga. Vitthalnathji, the son of the founder of Pushti Marga, has planned this as the most elaborate darshana of all. A temple priest ascends to the terrace prior to the darshana and calls out, 'Mala Begi Laiyo!!' (bring the garland quickly). This loud call heard over a wide area, dates back to the time when Shrinathji was at Mount Govardhana. The flower garden of the temple used to be located at Chandra Sarovar, Nathdwara. 'The call for the Garland' is the signal for the darshan to be opened to the crowds waiting to catch a glimpse of the lord. The rhythmic sound of drums is heard, excitement mounts, and the doors are flung open.

Darshan :: Uthapan - 03:40 to 04:00During the afternoon, around 3.30 p.m., Shrinathji is aroused from his nap. A Conch is blown, it is time for him to return home with his Cows. The vina is played followed by kirtana. Surdas, the celebrated blind devotee, mystic and poet, is supposed to be the chief singer of this darshana.

Darshan :: Bhog - 04:45 to 05:00

Sixth darshana of the day takes place an hour after Utthapana. A light meal is served to Shrinathji. A Chhadidara stands guard formally dressed in a Pagha (Turban), a Pataka (Sash) and a Gheradar Jama (A Garment with a Flaring Skirt).

Darshan :: Aarti - 05:15 to 06:00

Sandhya Aarti is the evening darshana. This darshana takes place at dusk, when krishna use to bring his Cows home from the fields. The predominant mood is matrubhava (motherly love). The fear of any ill effects resulting from his wonderings in the woods and protects from harm.

After the day’s exertions, his garments now are light. He is offered his flute so that he can enchant his devotees and his Cowherd friends.Darshan :: Shayan

Final Darshana of the day commences only after rasoiya boli, when the priest ascends the terrace of the haveli and calls out - Cook, come early the following day. After this, drumming heralds Darshana. Since it is time for Lord to retire, various eatables are offered to Shrinathji.

 

 

Kankroli Temple

Kankroli Temple

Kankroli is home to a renowned Krishna Temple, Situated at a distance of 17 km from Nathdwara, along the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake.

Haldighati Museum

Haldighati Museum

Haldighati Museum (17.7 km from Nathdwara) opened up in its current avatar in 2003. It depicts the story of Maharana Pratap and his battles with the Mughal.

Eklingji Temples

Eklingji Temples

Eklingji Temple (25 km from Udaipur) is dedicated to Lord Ekling (Shiva) and was founded by Acharya Viswaroopa, the contemporary of Adi Sankaracharya. There is another temple called Nathon Ka Mandir within the temple complex with inscriptions dating back to the 10th century CE. There are two more temples that are visited in Eklingji Sas Bahu Temple – built in the 10th century; this temple is dedicated to the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law and has intricate carvings, including some erotic figures. Adbudji Jain temple is a temple in ruins dating back to the 17th century and houses a black marble statue of Shanti Nath.

Lalbaug

Lalbaug

Lalbaugh is approximately 2 Kms away from the Temple. It has been a center of attraction for the Vaishavs.

Ganesh Tekari

Ganesh Tekari

There is a big temple of Lord Ganesh in Nathdwara. It is surrounded by Banas River & Giriraj Mountains.

Rajsamand Lake

Rajsamand Lake

Built in the 1660 by Rana Raj Singh, it is approximately 1.75 miles (2.82 km) wide, 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 60 feet (18 m) deep.

Giriraj Parikrama

Giriraj Parikrama

The distance of Giriraj Parikrama is 1.7 Km from Bustand, Nathdwara. The total circumference of the parikrama is 3.5kms. There is Lord Shiva temple on hill and a cave besides it that can be visited. A beautiful place to get in touch with nature right away.

Vallabh Sangrahlaya

Vallabh Sangrahlaya

There are a number of Antique pictures & information about Pushtimarg in this Museum. Also it has Chariots (rath) used by Goswamis while bringing Shrinathji from Vraj to Nathdwara.

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