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Nathdwara

Nathdwara, which means door (dwar) of God (Nath), is an important pilgrimage centre for Vaishnavs. Here, Lord Krishna is worshipped in the Govardhandhari (one who holds the Govardhan Mountain) form and is called Shrinathji.

The temple is a beautiful representation of the rich cultural tradition of arid Rajasthan. Here one can witness the delicate paintings, magnificent architecture, and melodious music from Rajasthan.

Nathdwara is situated at 48 km from Udaipur, in the Rajsamand district on the banks of the Banas River. The Shrinathji Temple here is one of the most prosperous temples in India.

Pushti-marg, a sect established within the Vaishnav faith by Jagadguru Vallabhacharya, believes that the attainment of moksh (salvation) depends on the blessings of Shrinathji. Nathdwara is also an important centre for the sect.

The idol of Shrinathji installed here was originally present in the Jatipur (Gopalpur) village near the Govardhan Mountain (Vrindavan). After the Mathura-Vrindavan rampage by Aurangzeb, it was brought here by the followers of Vallabhacharya.

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