Charbhuja Temple Garhbor Rajsamand - First temple of Lord Krishna made by Pandavas

Charbhuja Temple Garhbor Rajsamand - First temple of Lord Krishna made by Pandavas, it tells about Krishna temple of Charbhujanath mandir in Rajsamand.


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Today we are going to take you to the world's first Krishna temple established by the Pandavas, in which the idol to be worshiped was made by Lord Krishna himself from the architect of the gods, Vishwakarma.

This temple is basically a Krishna temple but here the service and worship of the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu is done.

This is a temple in which Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, impressed by the miracle of Thakurji, started the Khwaja Aarti by offering gold coins.

So today we get information about this Krishna temple in the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu. Let's start.

Charbhuja Nath Temple Tour and Specialties


The sanctum sanctorum of this temple is built on the first floor. To go up one has to climb stairs. There are big elephants built on both sides of these stairs.

The temple is made of white marble. Inside the sanctum sanctorum, there is workmanship made of gold, silver and glass. It is said that Maharana Sajjan Singh had donated gold to the temple.

Inside the sanctum sanctorum, an 85 centimeter high idol of Charbhuja Nath is present. Here God is in his four-armed form holding conch, chakra, mace and lotus in his four arms.

It is said that the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu in the temple is the same form which Krishna had shown to his parents Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison of Kansa at the time of his birth.

The unbroken flame has been burning here since ancient times. Garuda ji is seated outside the sanctum sanctorum. The statue of the great devotee of Charbhujanath is also installed near it.

This devotee was from Gurjar community. His descendants have been doing service and worship in the temple for hundreds of years. Now the number of priest families has increased to around 1000.

There are pictures of Lord Krishna's pastimes in the verandah of the temple. Along with this, there are two more small temples built in the temple complex in which ancient idols are installed.

In front of the temple, in a two-storey cenotaph-like space, there is a Sati pillar along with two pillars of warriors. There is something written on the Sati pillar. Perhaps this is the cenotaph of a warrior belonging to the royal family.

Aarti is performed five times in the temple but the special thing is that the aarti which takes place after noon is called Khwaja Aarti. There is a reason behind calling this aarti as Khwaja Aarti.

It is said that when Aurangzeb came to demolish this temple, due to the miracle of Charbhujanath, he could not damage anything of the temple.

Impressed by God's miracle, Aurangzeb presented gold coins to the temple and bore the entire expense of an aarti held in the afternoon.

For this reason, even today this Aarti which takes place in the afternoon is called Khwaja Aarti. It is said that Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti from Ajmer also came here and presented coins.

The temple belongs to Vaishnava tradition. There are five such Vaishnav Peethas in India in which Lord Krishna is seated alone, that is, there is no Radha or Rukmani with him.

These Peethas include Charbhujanath of Garhbor, Shrinathji of Nathdwara, Ranchod Das of Dakor, Jagannath of Puri and Dwarkadhish of Dwarka.

The Peetha of Charbhujanath temple is the main Peetha among these five Vaishnav Peethas. One of the most special thing about the temple is that this temple is of Lord Krishna but here the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu is worshipped.

As we have told you earlier also that Lord Krishna had shown his four-armed form to his parents in Kansa's prison.

The same four-armed form of Lord Krishna is worshiped in this temple. Because God had four hands, he was named Charbhujanath.

Two big fairs are held in the temple every year. A big fair is celebrated on Bhadrapada Sudi Ekadashi which is called Jaljhulani Ekadashi.

In this fair, the Lord is seated in a golden carriage with royal attire and taken to Doodh Talai, two kilometers away from the temple, and made to go boating.

The second fair is held for 15 days after Holi which is called Phagotsav. This is a festival of colours.

History of Charbhuja Temple


If we talk about the history of the temple, it is said that this temple was established by the Pandavas.

It is believed that when Lord Krishna expressed his desire to go to Gaulok to Uddhav, Uddhav expressed concern for the Pandavas and Sudama and said what would be their condition without you.

In such a situation, Lord Krishna made two statues of himself from Vishwakarma and asked Devraj Indra to give one of these statues to the Pandavas and the other to Sudama.

Also said to tell Pandavas and Sudama that in the form of these idols, I am present, hence you can worship me through these idols.

Indra gave one idol each to Pandavas and Sudama. After getting the idols, Pandavas and Sudama started serving and worshiping these idols.

At the end of their lives, before going to the Himalayas, the Pandavas left this idol immersed in water at a secret place so that its sanctity would not be violated.

Later, Charbhujanath appeared in a dream to King Gangdev of Garhbor and asked him to get the idol removed from the water and build a temple.


King Gangdev built the temple of Charbhujanath in Garhbor and installed the idol emerging from water in it. Thus the present temple of Charbhujanath was built by King Gangdev.

It is said that the same idol is worshiped by the Pandavas in the Charbhuja temple of Garhbor and the same idol is worshiped by Sudama in the Roopnarayan temple of Sevantri.

According to the Charbhuja inscription, this temple of Charbhujanath was renovated by Thakur Mahipal Singh and his son Lakshman in 1444 AD.

It is said that 125 wars were fought to protect this idol and many times the idol had to be immersed in water to save it.

According to an ancient inscription in the temple, earlier the name of this area was Badri. The area gets its name from Badrinath.

Places to visit near Charbhuja Temple


If we talk about the places to visit near Charbhuja Temple, then you can see Roopnarayan Temple of Seventri and Laxman Jhula.

Kumbhalgarh Fort is also at a distance of 30 kilometers from here, so you can also see it.

How to reach Charbhuja Temple?


Now let us talk about how to visit Charbhuja Temple?

Charbhuja temple is situated inside Garhbor town of Rajsamand district. The distance here is about 100 kilometers from Udaipur railway station and about 40 kilometers from Rajsamand city.

To go here from Udaipur, you will have to take Desuri route on the left side from Gomti intersection ahead of Rajsamand. Beyond Dhodiawas, one will have to go to Garhbor town on Seventri route.

Going further from the parking area of the temple, one comes to an ancient stepwell which is called Bhim Kund. Going further from here, the temple of Charbhuja Nath comes in front of Chandra Pol Gate.

If you want to see the idol built by Lord Krishna himself, then you must visit here.

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Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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