Nathdwara is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. This is one of the
most celebrated pilgrimage shrines of India, enshrining Krishna as
Govardhana Giridhari. Nathdwara is situated 48-km northeast of Udaipur
in Rajasthan, on the banks of the Banas River. Nathdwara enshrines
Shrinathji - an image of Krishna, which was originally enshrined at the
Vraja Bhoomi at Mount Govardhana near Mathura.The name Nathdwara means
'Gate of the Lord'. The image was brought to Mewar, for the sake of
protection during the period of Aurangazeb, the Mughal monarch.
The chariot carrying the image is said to have gotten stuck here, and
hence a temple was established with the permission of the then Rana of
Mewar, at Nathdwara. Nathdwara is very closely associated with the
Vallabha Sampradaya of Vaishnavism. Prior to his visiting the Shrinathji
shrine, Vallabhacharya is said to have described Puri, Pandharpur,
Srirangam and Tirupati as four great centres of Vaishnavism, in his work
'Tatvartha Deepa Nibhandha'.The town is an agricultural market and has a
government college affiliated with the University of Rajasthan.