|Deity||Charbhuja Nath (Vishnu)|
|Creator||Shri Gang Dev|
|Elevation||849 m (2,785 ft)|
Charbhuja is a famous temple of the lord Vishnu in the Garhbor village in the Kumbhalgarh tehsil of Rajsamand district in the state of Rajasthan, India. Charbhuja is another name of the lord Vishnu due to his four hands. Although people of all castes believe in those, but most of the Kumawat people believe in him more because he is also the totems of Kumawat.
Geography and Location
The temple is located in the village Garhbor of Rajsamand district. This village is situated in Aravalli ranges. It is 38 km from the district headquarters Rajsamand. Desuri in the Pali district is a nearby village, through which it is connected to the Pali district. Gomati river flows nearby this temple.
The village name Garhbor is due to the fort made by Bor Rajput. Fort is called Garh in Hindi. As it is dedicated to the lord, so it is also called as Charbhuja. To reach the village, there is a railway station named as Charbhuja Road which is a station on Mavli Jn- Marwar Jn (MG) section of NWR. The other nearest railhead is FALNA on Marwar Jn- Abu Road (BG) section of NWR. The distance between Falna and Charbhuja is 60 km. There is road route to the Charbhuja from GOMTI Cross Road (10 km), the GOMTI Cross Road is located on highway between Udaipur and Ajmer via Bhim. The distance between Shree Nathdwara and Gomti is 43 km.
About the temple
The temple was built in 1444AD. According to the inscription inside the temple, village name was Badri, therefore, the idol is considered as BadriNath. The deity of Charbhuja Nath is considered to be miraculous.
The idol of Shri Charbhuja Ji is 85 centimeters high. The four arms of the idol hold conch, discus, mace and a lotus flowers. The discus and the mace symbolize dynamic power, energy and prowess. Gurjars hold a special reverence for this temple. Gurjars attribute a sword and shield as symbol of Gurjar chivalry in every darshan.
The temple is made by mirrors, Lime mortars and Marble. The excellent work of the mirror is done in the original temple. The shutters of the inner temple are made of gold while outer shutters are made of silver.Both outer and inner door of the temple are covered with silver.The temple received huge donation from the states of Mewar and Marwar and many articles of gold and silver are common in daily poojas. The Maharana of the Mewar has a special custom of visiting the temple round a year and offering prayers for the state for its well being. Garud ji is installed in the other courtyard. Stone elephants are placed on the both sides of the entrance. Temple is in the open space. The temple is visited by lakhs of pilgrims.
Other Temple : 10 km away from Gadhbor, there is another temple of Vishnu named "Roop Narayan" or "Roopji" located in the village Sevntri. Seventri and Gadhbor is connected by motrable road.
Then the king Shri Gang Dev got divine instruction in his dream to install the idol to be recovered from water. Then he installed this idol in his garh (fort). It is said the Pandavas also worshiped this idol before proceeding for their last YATRA to Himalaya. To protect this temple about 125 battles have taken place. Many times idol also was submerged in the water for its safety.
Fair on Jhaljhoolni Gyaras
A large fair is held in the village on Jhaljhoolni Gyaras every year. Lakhs of devotees come here for worship of lord Charbhuja and get blessings from all over the India.
Jhaljhoolni Gyaras (Ekadashi) is the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the Bhadrapad month (August/September). This day is specially celebrated in the Charbhuja. Pilgrims come by walking and other means for this day to the village and they get together and take the Lord to the lake nearby for the religious bath with a grand procession. After that they also perform special pooja of the lord. This great procession have many people and used to be welcomed with perfume and flowers.
The festivals of colours, Holi is also celebrated here on a big scale.holi festival is celebrated for 15 days from the day of holi. Similarly some other festivals like Navratris, Janmashtami and Ramanavami.