Madonna prays at Nathdwara, Eklingji temples


By Anil Sharma, IndiaFM

Udaipur, Jan 7 (IANS) Pop diva Madonna is absorbing every bit of the scenic beauty and traditional magic of Rajasthan. The "Material Girl" paid a visit to the state's famous Nathdwara temple along with her husband Monday afternoon and prayed at the revered shrine.

Madonna, who has extended her stay in Rajasthan, visited the Srinathji temple in Nathdawara, around 50 km from here.

"She stayed at the Hotel Oberoi Udaivilas till lunch and afterwards left for the Nathdwara temple, from where she also went to the temple of Eklingji. She is expected to stay in Udaipur for at least one more day," a source told IANS.

"She arrived at the temple around 3.40 p.m. along with her husband. She spent around five minutes praying with folded hands, after which she was also felicitated by the temple authorities and given prasad," a temple source said.

The pop star, after spending a week at Jodhpur, landed in Udaipur early Sunday morning.

Nathdawara is famous for its Krishna temple, which houses the 12th century idol of the Shrinathji, or Krishna. The idol was moved in the 17th century from Govardhan hill, near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, to protect it from Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's campaign against Hindu worship in his empire.

Millions of devotees come to the temple every year.

After spending some time at the temple, Madonna drove back to Udaipur. On her way back she also prayed at Eklingji, dedicated to Lord Shiva, about 20 km from here.

"She is enjoying her Rajasthan holiday very much and it seems she does not want to miss any of the important places in the state," the source added.

Madonnna, accompanied by her husband, son and some family friends arrived in Jaipur Dec 31 from the Maldives.

From Dec 31 to Jan 5, she was staying at heritage hotels near Jodhpur. She went horse riding, danced the ghoomar attired in traditional folk dress, and joined folk dancers in singing "Nimbura, Nimbura" and other songs.