It is the place where Lord Sri Krishna is said to have lifted the Gowardhan parbat. Now, the historic Nathdwara wears a festive look with Srinathji temple festival bringing over a lakh devotees to the place this year for the nine-day fest. With Morari Bapu’s Ramkatha attracting devotees in hordes, the festival, hosted by devotee Madan Paliwal also sees performers of the likes of Kailash Kher, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kavita Seth, KK, Sunali and Roopkumar Rathod, Prince and Group, sand-sculptor Nitesh Bharti and an Indo-Pak mushaira with poets of the likes of Javed Akhtar and a horde of other performers thronging the place for the fest that will see the entertainers of Bollywood embrace spiritualism with wholeheartedness.
In fact to meet with the requirement of prasad for the lakh devotees every mealtime, food is cooked in huge proportions, transported into vessels that just about fit into trucks, rice is shifted in shovels, and fire engine water tankers used to wash utensils to get them ready for the next set of devotees.
In a simple function to announce the festival, actors Gracy Singh, Kailash Kher, sufi singers Kavita Seth and Mudasir Ali, Makarand Deshpande, Sonal Deshpande, sand-sculptor Nitesh Bharti got together with host Madan Paliwal at the Shankh Hall of Iskcon, Juhu, Mumbai to announce the fest.
Kailash Kher, Kavita Seth and Mudasir Ali regaled people with their songs while Gracy Singh and Makarand Deshpande lent their support to the pious cause. Said Madan Paliwal, “This is my humble tribute to my guru Morari Bapu. Asking me to speak about the magnitude of Nathdwara fest would be like asking a mute to describe the taste of jagery. He can experience it and relish it but not express it. You need to be there at Nathdwara from Aug 18 – Aug 26 to experience the spirituality and the entertainment at the fest.”
This year the fest begins from 18th August and goes on till 26th August. Pasted below is the schedule:
Every morning Ramkatha by Morari Bapu on all days from 19th to 28th August.
19 August – performance by Prince group, sand-sculptor Nitesh Bharti and flautist Baljinder.
20 August – performance by Kavita Seth.
21st August – performance by Kailash Kher.
22nd August – performance by Sunidhi Chauhan.
23rd August – performance by Roopkumar and Sunali Rathod.
24th August – performance by KK.
25th August – Indo-Pak Mushaira.