‘Gate to Lord’

The name Nathdwara means ‘Gate of the Lord’.

Nathdwara is a town in Rajasthan state of western India. It is located in the Aravalli hills, on the banks of the Banas River in Rajsamand District, 48 kilometers north-east of Udaipur. This town is famous for its temple of Krishna which houses the idol of Shrinathji.

Nathdwara is a very famous Hindu pilgrimage site. This is one of the most eminent pilgrimage shrines of India, preserving Krishna as Govardhana Giridhari.

Nathdwara enshrines Shrinathji – an image of Krishna, which was originally enshrined at the Vraja Bhoomi at Mount Govardhana near Mathura. The image of Srinathji is believed to have been a self manifested one.

As per the religious myths, the shrine at Nathdwara was built in the 17th century at the spot as exactly ordained by Shrinathji himself. The idol of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to a safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the anti-Hindu, iconoclastic and barbarian destruction of the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. When the idol reached the spot at village Sihad or Sinhad, the wheels of bullock cart in which the idol was being transported sank axle-deep in mud and could not be moved any farther. The accompanying priests realised that the particular place was the Lord’s chosen spot and accordingly, a temple was built there under the rule and protection of the then Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar.

Vallabhacharya the founder of this deity’s idol at Govardhan hill, near Mathura made arrangements for the worship and this tradition was continued by his son, Vitthalesh Goswami also known as Vitthal Nathji,institutionalised the worship of Shrinathji at Nathdwara. Shrinathji is worshiped by priests from this kul (genealogical descendants) of Vallabh Acharya, in all Havelis around the world, which have also been established exclusively by them.

The temple is also popularly called Shrinathji ki Haveli

The temple has everything that is required in a household from transport to food facility for the God Krishna.

Chariot for movement ; (In fact the original chariot in which Shrinathji was brought to Singhar)

drawing room (Baithak)

A functional kitchen (Rasoighar)

A jewellery chamber (Gahnaghar)

treasury (Kharcha bhandaar)

A gold and silver grinding wheel (Chakki)

Store room for milk (Doodhghar)

A store room for Betel (Paanghar)

A store room for sugar and sweetmeats (Mishrighar and Pedaghar)

A store room for flowers (Phoolghar)

A stable for horses of chariot (Ashvashala)

The Image of Shrinathji Shrinathji symbolizes a form of Krishna, when he lifted the Govardhan hill.

In the image, the lord is revealed with his left hand raised and the right hand made into a fist resting at the waist, with a large diamond placed beneath the lips.

The idol is carved in Bas-relief out of a monolithic black marble stone, with images of two cows, one lion, one snake, two peacocks and one parrot engraved on it and three sages placed near it.

The main attractions are the Aartis and the Shringar, i.e. the dressing and beautifying of the idol of Shrinathji, I was surprise to see that the idol is treated as a living person, adorning it with the appropriate dresses for the time of day or night.Tradition holds that Shrinathji would return to Govardhan some day.

I look forward to visit the “House of Krishna” again.

Jai Sreenath Ji Ki !



Are you confident?

  • Does your self confidence depend on your mood and fluctuate from time to time depending on the situation or is it steadfast, unwavering and persistent?
  • Is your confidence level the same in all aspects of your life and with all people or does it depend on personal circumstances and who you are interacting with?
  • Does a crisis situation or adversity shake your confidence?
  • How do your perceive your own confidence level?
  • How do others perceive you – do they feel you are overconfident or underconfident?
  • Are you genuinely confident from inside or do you put an act, a fake mask of buoyancy, and make a pretence of outward confidence?
 True confidence gives you a wonderful feeling of self-assurance, aplomb and dignity and is evident and can be seen in your poise and deportment. 
The hallmarks of a genuinely confident person can be encapsulated in seven distinctive traits. 
A truly confident person will possess a high degree of each of the seven attributes of confidence, so ask yourself these seven questions and check out for yourself how confident you really are:
You cannot be a confident person unless you love yourself.
Self-Love  is the foundation of Self-Esteem which is a crucial sine qua non of confidence. 
How can you be confident if you are not happy with yourself, your very own body and your unique personality? 
Indeed the first step towards self confidence is that you must first love all aspects of your own self.
Confidence begins from within and when we love ourselves and do not seek the approval of others, we start believing in ourselves.
Self-Belief makes your fearless and enables you to cope with crises because confident persons believe they have the power to handle their own lives whereas unconfident persons who do not believe in themselves always look for support and assurance from outside and try to seek help from others to deal with challenges in their own lives.
To be truly confident, you must love yourself, believe in yourself and, most importantly, be comfortable with yourself. 
Yes, genuinely confident people are happy in their own skin and comfortable with themselves, as they are. 
They love who they are, they do not wish to be anyone else and they seek no one’s approval to be whom they wish to be. Truly confident persons are immune from the disease to please .
They are natural leaders with a strong sense of personal belonging who feel secure with themselves and who don’t blindly follow others or conform for the sake of conformance, but who chart their own course and inspire others to follow them.
Self-Awareness is a key aspect of confident persons as knowing your values, your strengths and limitations helps you in developing your personality, giving a direction to your life, enhancing your achievements and accomplishments and boosting your confidence.
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Confident persons are not paralysed by fear – they rather act first and be afraid later. 
A fearless approach to life, willingness to take risks, try out new things, innovate and experiment, and a pioneering attitude are hallmarks of a confident person.
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Truly confident people love to learn
They strive for continual improvement and have a thirst for knowledge in order to achieve continual growth
They are innovative, creative and try to make the most of their talents in order to realize their maximum potential because they believe in themselves which gives them the determination, tenacity and sense of purpose to keep going even when others have given up.
Confident persons are happy, here and now, as they are, with all aspects of their life in its entirety. They are content with whatever they have. 
Unhappiness and discontentment erode self-esteem and destroy your confidence. 
Happiness and contentment are a must for genuine confidence, and that is why confident persons always exhibit cheerfulness and optimism and generate positive vibes.
Many individuals who are not very confident inside, and lack genuine self confidence, try to fake it and present an external picture of confidence by clever image management. But this causes stress due to the fear of being found out, and one day such charlatans are indeed exposed or suffer nervous breakdowns.
That is why you must strive to be genuinely self confident.
So introspect and check out for yourself – how many of these seven confidence attributes do you have? 
Discover your strengths, find out how confident you really are and in which of these seven aspects do you need to improve. 
I Wish You tons and tons of Confidence

Why Old Books Smell So Wonderful ?

Lignin or Lignen is the stuff  derived from wood . It is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good.

Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us 🙂

Apparently, there’s one part of the human brain that seems programmed to never forget things. It’s somewhere in the limbic system, and it connects smells to emotions.Perhaps this why we find sniffing books so wonderfully satisfying

Either that or we’re just suckers for vanilla.

Whatever the answer, in this era of odourless ebooks, you’ll still find us with our noses buried in battered old tomes, every chance we get ^_^


Being Loved or Trusted

Love and Trust are two different things.

Love does not Ipso Facto  imply Trust.

You may love someone but you may not trust that person.

Conversely, you may trust someone but you may not love that person.

A man may be madly in love with a woman, but he may not trust her – in fact, many persons are suspicious of the persons whom they love and keep tabs on them. Haven’t you seen so many husbands who do not trust their beautiful wives whom they love so much (and vice versa)

But one thing is sure – as the quote says:

“To be Trusted is a greater compliment than being Loved “.

This is true in all relationships; Trust is the foundation that creates and bonds strong relationships.

I have observed this in my friend @ relationship with his pet dog Lucy too. Lucy loves everyone in their family, but as far as trust is concerned, she implicitly trusts @. That she is a “One Man Dog” is clearly visible to everyone.

One example is that when she is in pain she will only allow him to go near her and touch her wherever she want, including the part of the body where the pain is. Lucy has growled, snapped, and even occasionally nipped, at others ; but never at him. Of course, she loves them, but she trusts him, and that is what matters most.

Of course, the fact that trust is a greater compliment than love is true of human relationships as well.

Dear Reader, think of your life experiences, reflect, and tell us whether you have observed this fact of life?

Do you agree that: to be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved ?