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Shrinathji 1

Sonal Johar

Shrinathji is a Hindu deity and a form of Lord Sri Krishna, manifest as a 7-year-old Balak or child and depicts the form of the Lord lifting the Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the arrogant wrath of Indra. It is believed that the Lord’s arm and face emerged from the Govardhana hill. Shrinathji’s idol was brought to Rajasthan from Govardhana near Vrindavan to protect it from the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who in 1665 was bent upon vandalizing the area of Vrindavan by widespread destruction of Hindu temples. While several other princes were diffident, it was Maharana Rajsingh of Mewar who dared to provide refuge. The idol went on a journey to Mewar which took 32 months to complete. The decision to settle the Lord here at Nathdwara involves an interesting story. When the wheel of the chariot carrying the Lord got stuck in the mud at a place called Sihar, the Rana saw it as a divine sign that Lord Krishna wished to settle here, and thus a temple was built at this spot and the holy township of Nathdwara grew around the temple In 1672 Lord Shrinathji was placed in a new Temple built in village Sihar, now called Nathdwara, on the banks of river Banas.

This is a fine art acrylic painting on canvas.

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