Shri Charbhuja Temple
Charbhuja mean ‘four arms’ i.e lord Vishnu of Hindu’s. Charbhuja temple is of lord Vishnu which was built by Shri Gang Dev who received divine instructions from lord Vishnu in his dreams. Believing on his dream, Gang dev recovered a 85 centimeters high idol of Shri Charbhuja ji. It was also believed that more than 125 battles were fought to protect this temple and many times it was submerged in water for its protection. Pandava also worshiped this Shri Charbhuja idol.
Geography and Location
Charbhuja is another name of the lord Vishnu due to his four hands. 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 Charbhuja 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. Some casts like Rajputs and the Gurjars hold a special reverence for this temple. Rajputs attribute a sword and shield as symbol of Rajput 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. 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 thousands 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.