Nathdwara is a small town in Rajasthan and the nearest Airport is Udaipur.
Shrinathji moved to Nathdwara in 1672 from North India. Shrinathji is not an image but a living deity hence where he dwells is not a temple
but a Haveli. The Haveli has many paintings , murals and pichvals.
It is to the left of Govardhana Puja Chowk where infant Krishna lives. All the activities of Shrinathji implies that during festival
Shri Navnitpriyaji dwells in Shrinathji’s Haveli.
It is the window which is located to the north west of Kamal Chowk. It has great importance. When Shrinathji holds the conference with
all Gods and Goddesses during the sixth darshan of the day, Bhog is given. If one sincerely requests Shrinathji, during Bhog, all the
desires and wishes of the devotee gets fulfilled.
It is in front of Shri Navnitpriyaji’s Shrine while entering Motimahal. The devotees offer Bhet and perform Namaskar.
It is roofed with earthen tiles, surmounted by a platform with a painted tiger on 4 sides which represents
It has a red Kalash potwith Sudarshan Chakra and has Seven Dhwajas on the top. Attar i.e. perfume is sprinkled on the Sudarshan Chakra
which protects the devotees. During Diwali festivals, when the lamp is lit, its rays protect the devotees and the children from all
The Lord is an important swarup in Pushti Marg, representing Krishna at the age of seven. The Lord holds Mount Goverdhan with his
while his right arm rests on his waist, a parrot sits on centre top. Two sages meditate near Shrinathji’s left hand. Below one sage is a tiger
and beneath the tiger there are two peacocks. Below the other sage is a snake and beneath the snake there are two cows.They are evidently
inhabitants of Mount Goverdhan watching Shrinathji.
Shrinathji’s left hand was first seen in 1410 on the summit of Mount Goverdhan. The hand was offered milk because the inhabitants
worshipped as a single deity. The face (Mukharvind) of the Lord emerged in 1479 at the time when Vallabhacharya was born. Hence the birth of
Vallabhacharya coincided with the manifestation of the Mukharvind (Lotus like face) of Shrinathji.
In 1493 Vallabhacharya found Lord Shrinathji at midnight in Gokul. He was overcome with emotion and garlanded Lord Shrinathji with
pavitra and offered misri.
Angor is a village below the hill at Mount Goverdhan. In this village , a brahmin known as Sadhu Pande was staying . He had a cow belonging
to Nandvash (Gumer) . One fine morning Gumer poured milk and offered to Lord Shrinathji while he was feeling hungry. Gumer gave less milk to
Sadhu Pande and hence he doubted on Gumer that people were pilfering milk. Next day Pandeji secretly followed Gumer and saw Gumer offering
milk to Lord Shrinathji . He was surprised to see this incident and was glad to have His Darshan.
The next morning everybody climbed the hill and saw that the divine child running forward and embracing Vallabhacharya . Lord then asked
him to place him in a Shrine so that regular seva could be performed and said that divine grace would descend on those who worshipped him
further adding “ That is why I have revealed myself here”.
During summer Shrinathji sleeps late at night and rises late in the mroning . Similarly in winter Shrinathji retires early at night
and awakes early in the morning . In winter a Sagdi with Coal is lit and placed near him in order to produce heat for the divine child.
Early in the morning, the Vina is played to awaken Shrinathji and classical songs and music is sung during other Jhankis. Shrinathji is
royally dressed and music is sung during other Jhankis. Even the water he drinks comes from the sacred river Yamuna. Shrinathji wears the best
of the dresses / jewellary which is barely repeated. Normally there are eight Jhanki’s everyday . Each of these eight jhanki’s are for a short
while beause Shrinathji being a young chid can be Victim of evil eye ( Nazar ) . Moreover each Jhanki has a particuar meaning and purpose.
Following are the eight daily Jhankis:
This is the first Jhanki of the day and in winter it takes place before the Sunrise while in summer it is later. In summer he wears a
Dhoti while in winter he wears a Coat. Arati is offered and this darshan is dedicated to the memory of Parmanandji ( Poet ).
An hour after Mangla is the next darshan where Shrinathji is well dressed with a mala of flowers. He is then shown in the mirror and
a flute is placed in his hand . He is supposed to play with the children . The songs are sung by poet Nandadas.
This is the third Jhanki when Shrinathji Takes his cows to the field . During this darshan Dhoop Deep is performed. The singer in this
Jhanki reminds us about the singer, Shri Govind Swami . Kheer and Rabdi is offered to Shrinathji.
Rajbhog is the main Darshan of the day.Shrinathji is well dressed and served with most delicious and nutritious food. An arti is
performed . The Kirtankar is poet Khumbhandas.
At about 3 PM Shrinathji awakes after his noon sleep. Vina is played and Kirtankar is Surdasji.
During this Darshan , Shrinathji is offered Fruits and light meal. Shrinathji holds conferences with other Gods & Godesses and this is
the time one should request Shrinathji to fulfill ones desires. It is in this Darshan one will find Chadidar who is the guard. The
kirtankar is Chaturbhujadas. Dhruv Bari is the place where one can request Lord to fulfill his wishes.
This seventh Jhanki is at dusk when Lord used to bring his cows back home. The kirtankar is supposed to be Chitarswami.
Evening Arti is performed.
This is the last Jhanki which emphasise for Shrinathji to retire for the night. An Arti is performed. This darshan is usually held for
six months. Thakurji is offered Paan. The kirtankar is Krishnadas.