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“A great Hindu Teerth”
Review of Shrinathji Temple

Shrinathji Temple
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Nathdwara
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Owner description: Located on the banks of the Banas River and having a distance of 48 from Udaipur in Rajasthan, Nathdwara the Gate of the Lord is visited most frequently by Hindu pilgrims. This pilgrimage site is very popular for enshrining the image of lord Krishna. On a tour to religious places in Rajasthan you must come to Nathdwara to visit one such famous shrine called Shrinathji Temple in Nathdwara.
New Delhi, India
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“A great Hindu Teerth”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Nathdwara is a famous Teerth of India & one must go there to seek the blessings of the Lord Krishna.

From Udaipur its a scenic one hour trip & on the way you can visit Eklingji & Nagda Temple. Start early around 9 AM from Udaipur & after these two places reach Nathdwara around 11 AM. The temple opens for 30 minutes only from 11:30 - 12:00 PM & after that opens again at only 4:00 PM.

The temple is 2 km walk from the car park through bazaar. Its as usual with all Krishna Temples in Mathura - Vrindavan too, very chaotic & hugely crowded. One should avoid weekends, public holidays, Ekadasi & Puranmasi at all cost while visiting these temples. We went on a Tuesday morning but still it was much crowded. We hired a guide for Rs 150 from Bazaar itself as it would have been difficult to get darshan otherwise. If you hire a guide then tell him the charges would be fixed for the entire family & also make it very clear that you wont like to donate at several other places in the temple otherwise he will make you donate at at least 10 different places. I told him if he make me pay I wont pay him.

With the help of Guide you can have good darshan & also he can help you buy prasad afterwards. Our guide also shown us several other places like different kind of God's Shringaar & a room with gold & silver chakki too. After Darshan you may have Gujrati thali at Neelam AC Dining Hall for lunch.

Car entry to Nathdwara town is Rs 40 which is a rip off from Govt authority. Parking charges Rs 20 & shoe keeper at temple charges Rs 10 too.

Visited September 2013
5 Thank AnshumanMaini
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“Changing Face of Nathdwara”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We visited nathdwara for 3 days in August 13.
I find Nathdwara is changing fast like any other part of the country.
Infrastructure has improved a lot.
There are lot number of taxis of major make are available from Mavli station(Mumbai -Udaipur)
to Nathdwara which is 26 Kms.Drivers are polite & drive safe.
State Roads are also in good condition. Rates are fixed which is good.
In Nathdwara number of new hotels, resorts, & dharmshalas are
available within the proximity of the temple & on outskirt of the town.
Most of them provide good facilities &service, old dharamshalas are getting renovated
with AC & Deluxe rooms. I would like to specifically mention two accommodations.
First is Vallabh Darshan. This is near to the temple premises & has three wings.
New Annexure provides almost professional service & Facilities.
Spacious Rooms, Neat & Clean bath-rooms with all modern facility. Bath
& Bed linens are clean, white & changed daily. Room service / Reception is also
very cooperative & Serves with smile.They can also arrange for car to/fro Airport, Railway station & for local site seeing,
2nd more Important addition is DAMODAR DHAM, newly built Accommodation
by temple board in new cottage premises. This is huge Haveli type structure
with 100 AC Rooms & 32 Suits. It is almost like Heritage Hotel of Udaipur.
Rates are very reasonable & 80% booking is done online on nathdwara temple official web site. Room Number is also allotted at the time of Booking. Hope this standard is maintained in future also. I visited Damodar Dham from Inside & it was impressive. Though I did not stay there, I asked few vaishanvas who were staying there about the facilities & overall staying experience,
They had very good opinion about the accommodation facility & were fully satisfied.
For Food & Restaurant facilities. traditional Poha, Fafda, Khaman &
Farali snacks are available at Chowpaty as always but besides that, more options are available to dine in Comfortable Restaurants. I would rate Restaurant at Vrinda hotel as the best in the town. Seating layout, interior are good with the comfort of AC & Food is also of good quality & quantity.Gujarati thali, South Indian Dishes & Punjabi food all are testy & Authentic.
Besides this, Restaurant at Valbah Darshan, Poonam, Vallabha and Sankalp are also good
On Darshan Facility I admit that security &Volunteer in the temple premises are co operative & helpful. They themselves suggest to avoid rush in the beginning & suggest to do
Darshan after some time. No more rudeness of zapatia or bhitaria. Best way to go after 15-20 minutes, once darsahan is opened Or to stand in sanmukh Darshan Queue .Good time to visit Nathdwara is during week days, avoid Sat-Sunday, Holidays & Festivals. July, Sept & Feb are relatively off season.
There are few not so good practices also continued in the premises by Pandas in the name of VIP Darshan, & With payment of Rs.50 to 200 (Depending on rush) you can go along with the manorthis who pay in thousands for Shrijis Manorth. (Donation)(Like Govt. Dept. if you pay lacs of Rs as tax to the Govt, you are nobody in the IT Office, but if you pay to the Officer you are VIP)But it is not worth because immediately gates are opened for other vaishnavs & it
becomes difficult to get out from that huge crowd. Best way is to go in the last for darshan
Main Temple premises needs lots & lots of improvement, It has distorted like anything. There is no proper lighting, no proper flooring, and no proper roof .

Visited August 2013
12 Thank ganishmum
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Vadodara, India
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“Where is the god here?”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Nathdwara 'Shrinathji' temple is of highest significance to the followers of Pushtimarg, a Vaishnav sect of Hinduism. As per the myth, an idol of Lord Krishna was being transfered to a safer place from Vrindavan. A wheel of the bullock cart, in which the idol was being transfered, broken down and the temple was built on the same place to worship the idol.

People from Rajasthan and Gujarat visit the temple regularly resulting in extremely heavy crowd through the year. Visit on odd days to experience a little less rush.

Cars and heavy vehicles are not allowed near to the temple premises. You have to park your vehicle at nearest parking spot which is around half a KM away from the temple. The by-lanes and approach road is full of shops on both sides. Lanes are crowded and extremely filthy. Be very careful of not stepping on cow dung, left-over food items, garbage and of not becoming target of shopkeepers spitting from their shops.

Cameras and mobiles are not allowed in the temple premises. Leave it in your hotel room or parked car(this may be risky if your car does not have attendant/driver). You can also submit your mobiles at security counter besides the temple main entrance. We did it twice and it is safe. Also there is a paid counter to keep your shoes safe, which is on the far left corner of the temple gate. You may choose to keep your shoes unattended at the temple entrance for free assuming the risk of letting it stolen.

The temple has predefined timings of 'darshan' (when you can see the god idol). Depending on rush, reach early enough to avoid long queue and rush. At the temple entrance, be ready to get surrounded by number of people offering you to give unofficial entry into the VIP lane. Of course you have to pay a premium for this service, ranging from Ra. 100 to 200. This is a big business here and it also involves temple staff. I choose this when I visited the temple 3 years ago. This time I safely avoided it without any regret. Shell out more money to get direct back-door entry to see the god. This is how millionaires, celebrities, rich and famous avoid the rush here. The VIP lane opens just a few minutes prior to the opening of main entry doors, resulting in sudden frantic rush of people, pushing and shoving you to get the 'darshan' they have been waiting for hours. Here, the lane discipline is inversely proportional to the rush encountered. Many worshipers carry lunatic belief that if you do not push and shove, your visit to Nathdwara temple is worthless. Pushing and shoving is the norm here. While in temple, continuously keep a check on your wallet.

Even after all this madness, you just get a glance of the god as the temple staff doesn't let anyone stand on the same place for more than couple of seconds. Dare to do it be ready to get shoved and broomed by the temple staff. This is their way to manage the rush as the 'darshan' remains open only for limited time. What if they keep it open for longer? Would the god mind it? Only god knows. ohhh... only the temple management knows in this case.

Get the famous 'Thor' and 'Bundi laddo' as 'prasad' from the temple premises. 'Prasad', the food served to god and then distributed to worshipers is supposed to be free, but here it is a profit making business. Only a portion of higher quality prasad is sold in the temple premises. Rest goes to shop-keepers, outside temple, who sells them at premium. Lower quality prasad is sold by small hawkers in by-lanes of the temple.

On visiting Nathdwara, even Lord Shri Krishna will be taken aback by the mess prevailing in and around the very temple in which he is being worshiped.

While the by-lanes of the temple may be appreciated by lovers of street photography, the temple per-se doesn't exhibit any photographic substance in terms of architecture and exterior.

Lovers of street food will have gastronomical delight. There are many stalls of street food like 'poha', varieties of 'bhajia' and 'Ratalu' which is unique to Nathdwara and a must try. These are prepared and sold at roadside stalls. Hygiene maniac may give it a miss.

Some items to shop for: Shrinathji idols, paitngs and frames; 'Bandhani' dress material, 'Ratalu' masala (spices to prepare 'Ratalu' at home.) and gas stove (I don't know why gas stove of Nathdwara are famous and can't vouch for it.)

Verdict: Visit only if you understand the significance of worshiping Shrinathji. Be prepared for stamped like crowd and plan your trip accordingly. Avoid visiting with infants, small children and elderly. Avoid holidays and festive season.

Visited January 2013
17 Thank mihirshah161281
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“God appears in different Garments.”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Every hour there is a change in the apparels and ornaments of Lord Shree Krishna. Then one hour is free for Darshan. There is a different line for Men and women. There is too much rush as well.

Visited December 2012
6 Thank SahalPune
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Pondicherry, India
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“Fulfilling darshan of the Lord”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

If you wish to really enjoy the darshan and be truly blessed, just ignore the negative points like the dirt, filth and brokers around. Try to just immerse yourself in the 8 different darshans suring the day. Don't miss even one of them. If Aurangazeb could surrender before the Lord, we can definitely..

Visited July 2013
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