Shrinathji is swayambhu (self- manifested) form of seven year old Lord Krishna, worshipped according to the bhakti yoga tradition by the Vaishnavites of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The temple of Nathadwara in Rajasthan belongs to this swaroop of Shrinathji, same as shown on this page, and symbolizes that form of Krishna when he lifted the Govardhan hill to protect the villagers from the unstoppable rains. Raised left hand is symbolic of this karma and right hand is made in fist, set at the waist with a large diamond, known as chibuk, placed beneath his lips.
This sculpture is sculpted in a monolithic black marble, as shrinathji is said to have emerged from the dark colored Govardhan hill. The bas-relief carved idol is loaded with exquisitely worked jewels, covering his front body and an outlined blue and pink long flower garland; garbed in woven shaneels and silk clothes having zari and embroidery works. The nathani represents Swaminiji, who was actively worshipped in conjunction with Shrinathji.
Here he stands on a two layered lotus pedestal with a mix of full bloom and closed lotus flowers arousing from his right side. The structure of his crown is lavishly and uniquely carved like the shape of a conch, slightly tilted, and a subtle peacock feather like peeping at the top. The main attractions of him are the beautiful aartis and shringar; He is often treated as a living child and worshipped with diya, flowers, fruits and other offerings, accompanied with devotional songs.
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