Roopnarayan Mandir Sevantri - Krishna made his hair white for devotee

Roopnarayan Mandir Sevantri - Krishna made his hair white for devotee, it tells about Rupnarayan Temple of Mahabharata period located in Sevantri town.


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Today we are going to take you to a temple which was built during the time of Pandavas and in which Pandavas had worshiped during their exile.

Without disturbing the original temple, a grand and huge temple has been built over it. You would not have seen anywhere that one temple was built on top of another.

In the original temple, there is another shikhara above the shikhara of the sanctum sanctorum, as well as its Sabhamandap is also of two storeys with the upper storey being open on all sides.

The biggest special thing about this temple is that Lord Krishna is seated in a Chaturbhuj form along with his two queens Rukmani and Satyabhama.

This temple is also special because the idol of Rukmani and Satyabhama along with Lord Krishna is visible only in a few selected temples of the country, that is, it is almost negligible.

This is the same temple in which to prove the truth of the priest's words, God turned his hair white and saved the priest from the wrath of the king.

So today let us go to this miraculous temple of Lord Krishna and know all these features closely, let us start.

Journey and Speciality of Roopnarayan Temple


Built in a small town amidst the Aravali hills, this temple is surrounded by a strong wall on all sides. There are statues of two big elephants outside the temple.

The original temple is small and is said to be from the time of Pandavas. With time, a larger sanctum sanctorum and its shikhara were built around the sanctum sanctorum of the original temple due to which the shikhara of the original temple was completely hidden.

If you go to the roof of the Sabhamandap and see, there is a path leading to the peak of the original temple. The spire of the original temple is not visible when seen from outside.

Inside the sanctum sanctorum of the original temple, Lord Krishna is seated in a four-armed form similar to that of his Dwarkadhish temple.

The most special thing about this temple is that the Lord is not alone in his four-armed form but is with his two queens Rukmani and Satyabhama.

Satyabhama is seated on the left side of the Lord and Rukmani is seated on the right side. In this, Rukmani is in her beautiful form while Satyabhama is in her ugly form.

Let us tell you that both Rukmani and Satyabhama are the forms of Lakshmiji. Actually, due to the curse of sage Durvasa, Lakshmiji was next born in the form of ugly Satyabhama.

Lord Krishna is said to have 16 four-armed forms which are slightly different from the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu.

The four-armed form of Lord Vishnu has a conch, chakra, mace and padma i.e. lotus in his hands, while Lord Krishna has a rosary of Tulsi instead of a lotus.

There is a beautiful assembly hall outside the sanctum sanctorum whose roof rests on pillars. The total number of these pillars made of stone is said to be 52.

Inside the Sabhamandap, there is a statue of Garuda, behind which is the statue of Devaji Panda, the priest of the temple during the time of Maharana Udai Singh.


Behind the statue of Devaji Panda, there is the statue of Rao Jagat Singh of Balunda Thikana sitting on an elephant. Rao Jagat Singh was the nephew of Meera Bai and like her, he was a devotee of Krishna.

He had made a huge contribution in the development of the temple. It is said that he had got the grand assembly hall along with the big Shikhar of the temple constructed.

The Sabhamandap is two storeyed with beautiful carvings on its roof. The upper floor is open on all sides. To go up into the pavilion, stairs have been made by cutting a single stone.

After going up these stairs, there is a path from inside the Shikhar towards the small Shikhar of the original temple. There is something written on the stone above this path. This inscription is said to be of Vikram Samvat 1019.

The old name of the temple was Roop Chaturbhuj, which changed with time to Roopnarayan Temple. It is believed that after having darshan of Charbhujanath, if one does not visit here then the darshan remains incomplete.

Idol of Roopnarayan Temple


Talking about the idol of the temple, it is said that thousands of years ago, a Bhil woman named Shabari found the idol of Roopnarayan ji buried in the grass near a pond.

Shabari worshiped it in her house for some time. Later it was installed on a platform. Gradually the temple started developing on this platform.

It is believed that the idol that Shabari found is the same idol which was made by Shri Krishna and given to Sudama.

Let us tell you that before going to Gaulok, Shri Krishna had made two of his idols, one of which was given to Pandavas and the other to Sudama.

History of Roopnarayan Temple


If we talk about the history of the temple, the original temple of Roopnarayanji is believed to be from the time of Pandavas. There is also an inscription of Vikram Samvat 1019 on the roof of the temple.

Later in the fourteenth century, this temple was built by Maharana Hammir Singh of Mewar. The inscription at Eklingji tells about the construction of the Roopnarayan temple by Maharana Hammir Singh.

In Vikram Samvat 1711, Bhaktrao Jagat Singh of Balunda locality of Marwar built this very big and grand temple. It was he who built the big shikhara and two-storey assembly hall of the temple.

The history of this temple is also related to Maharana Sanga. In 1504 AD, Sangram Singh once got injured in a conflict with his brothers and came to the temple to take shelter.

Then Bida Rathore along with his brother sacrificed their lives while protecting them. There is a Chhatri of Bida Rathod in the circumambulation of the temple in which three memorial pillars stand.

Story of Roopnarayan Temple devotee Devaji Panda


The Bhaktamal text written in the seventeenth century describes an incident of 1561 AD. At that time Mewar was ruled by Maharana Udai Singh.

Maharana Udai Singh used to come mostly at night to see Lord Roopnarayan ji. Once Maharana was late in coming.

Knowing the time of sleeping, the elderly priest of the temple, Devaji Panda, put Thakurji to sleep, closed the doors and put the rosary around his neck.

At the same time Maharana Udai Singh arrived but could not get darshan because the Lord had gone to sleep. The priest took out the garland from his neck and wore it on Maharana.

One of the priest's white hairs also got stuck in this rosary, seeing which Maharana asked the priest whether the Lord's hair had turned white?

'Yes' came out of the priest's mouth out of nervousness. Hearing this, Maharana said that he will come in the morning and have darshan.

The priest remained worried all night wondering what would happen next? When Maharana comes to know the truth in the morning, will he be a big insult? Then the priest meditated on God and requested Him to wear white hair.

In the morning, when the priest found God wearing white hair in the temple, he became emotional and started crying. Meanwhile, Maharana Udai Singh came to see God.

Seeing the priest crying, he thought that the priest had told a lie in the night and now he was crying because of the fear of being caught.

When Maharana saw the Lord's hair white, he thought that the priest had brought white hair from somewhere and pasted it on the Lord to prove his lie true.

Maharana uprooted one hair of the Lord. As soon as the hair was uprooted, the Lord wrinkled his nose and blood started flowing from it. Maharana Udai Singh fainted after seeing this.

When he regained consciousness he apologized to God. Then Roopnarayanji ordered Maharana that from today onwards no Maharana should come to the temple to see him.

Since that time, no Maharana of Mewar comes to the Roopnarayan temple to have darshan of the Lord after ascending the throne.

Places to visit near Roopnarayan Temple


If we talk about the places to visit near Roopnarayan Temple, then you can see Laxman Jhula, Charbhuja Temple, Rokadiya Hanuman Temple etc.

How to visit Roopnarayan Temple?


Now let us talk about how to visit Roopnarayan Temple?

Roopnarayan Temple is situated inside Sevantri town of Rajsamand district. The distance here is about 110 kilometers from Udaipur railway station and about 48 kilometers from Rajsamand city.

To go here from Udaipur, you will have to take Desuri route on the left side from Gomti Choraha ahead of Rajsamand. From Dhodiawas, one will have to go to Sewntri via Garhbor.

If you are interested in traveling as well as knowing the history and craftsmanship of our ancient religious heritage, then you must visit here.

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

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