Ethnography Essay

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When I was a kid my parents always took me to Nathdwara to take the blessings of Lord Krishna every now and then because my parents are so religious. So by going there several times I am also attached to that place. Actually Nathdwara is situated in Rajasthan state and I live in the state called Gujarat and in the city called as Ahmedabad. It takes six hours drive from my city to Nathdwara and this is the only nearest place where I could get mental peace. This is very important place for me and my family because it is a tradition of our family that whoever goes there gives free food to the hungry and poor people. We do so because we think that if we do good work in our life we will be allowed by god to go to the heaven. [The two states on the left are Gujarat and Rajasthan. One in light blue color is Gujarat with the arrows and on the top of it with cream color is Rajasthan. I live in the middle of the state and Nathdwara is at the border of the Rajasthan]
Nathdwara is a small town in Rajasthan, a western state in the Indian subcontinent. The Rajasthan state houses one of the ancient most mountain ranges called the Aravali range. Nathdwara is a part of the Aravali range situated on the banks of the Banas River. Nathdwara means (nath- Lord Krishna, dwara – gate or door) the gate of lord. Nathdwara has a famous temple of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as depicted in one of the longest Sanskrit epics the Mahabharata.
The idol of Lord Krishna is always being seen in well dressed every time. Exquisitely worked jewels, some dating back to pre-Mogul India, are worn by Shrinathji every day. Everything in the inner temple, from china to silver/gold-ware, paintings, wall hangings, clothes and furniture, are the finest quality. The temple itself employs some 1000 people, whilst the rest of the town is depended on the business generated directly or indirectly by the temple and the pilgrims. The temple is the only attraction of Nathdwara, as it is one of the biggest temples in India, so people from all over the country visit this temple at least once. As Indian people believe in the Vastu shastra so the construction of the building of the temple is also based on the vastu shastra which means that the entrance must be facing north side and the idol of the Lord must be located in the middle of the temple. So the management is changing the entrance to the northern side because it wasn’t appropriate before. The entrance used to look like which is been shown in the picture. [Vastu Shastra – it is a study of things that how it should be situated and how should we put the things in the way that it will be beneficial to us]
The idol in the temple represents the form of Lord Krishna in which Lord...

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