Srinath Temple, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The temple of Srinathji in Nathdwara, 48 kms north of beautiful city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is one of the wealthiest temples in India. Built in the early 18th century, the temple is thronged by staunch Vishnu and Krishna devotees every year on special occasions, especially Janmashtami. According to a popular folklore, the idol was initially installed at Mount Govardhan near Mathura city, birth city of Lord Krishna; while escaping the wrath and demolition by Muslim king Aurangzeb at a later date, the chariot carrying the idol of Srinathji got stuck in Nathdwara . This was taken as a divine signal to install the idol.
Shrinathji is believed to be a form of Krishna, in which he lifted the Govardhan hill to save the people of Brajbhoomi from the wrath of Varun-Lord of Rain.
The temple's inner sanctum where the idol of Srinathji is placed, is opened only eight times a day when devotees throng to catch a glimpse of the sacred form of the Lord . Everything in the inner temple, right from china to silver/ gold-ware, paintings, wall hangings, clothes and furniture, are reminiscent of the old times and its heritage.
An interesting fact relating to the famous temple is that the temple servants still wear the clothes and costumes of the bygone era.
Other Famous Krishna Temples
Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir, Mathura | Guruvayur Temple, Kerala | Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Karnataka
Srinath Temple, Rajasthan | Dwarkadhish Temple, Gujarat | Banke Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan