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Nathdwara temple, Rajsamand district, Rajasthan Nathdwara temple, Rajsamand district, RajasthanMeditation: I meditate on the infant form of Lord Krishna as Lord Srinathji of Nathdwara.

Nathdwara: Nathdwara is a famous pilgrimage of Lord Krishna (popularly called Lord Srinathji) in the form of a black marble idol of a 7-year old infant. The temple is associated with the Vallabha sampradaya. Nathdwara is located in the Aravalli Hills on the banks of river Banas.

Legend of Nathdwara: According to legend, a cow in Govardhan Hill used to pour her milk on a particular spot everyday. The villagers discovered an idol of Krishna there, and this happened around the same time when Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya was born in Champaran in 1479. Srinathji was initially installed in the Jatipura village in Govardhan. The temple construction began later but was vandalised by Sikandar Lodi. After Lodi's death, Srinathji was again brought back and the temple rebuilt. Around 1670 when Aurangzeb attacked Mathura Vrindavana, the idol of Srinathji was moved to Agra, and subsequently to Kota, Pushkar, Jodhpur and finally Mewar. At Mewar, it was kept under the protection of Rana Raj Singh. Srinathji was finally installed in Sinhad in around 1671, which is the present Nathdwara.

Festival: Annakoot festival on the day after Diwali is celebrated for a week here. Gopashtami is celebrated during Karthik Shukla Paksha (Oct-Nov) .

• Nathdwara temple is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

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