A place thronged by devotees from far and near who feel that all their wishes are fulfilled by the Lord residing there is called Krishnadham Sanawaliaji located about 85 km from Udaipur and 40 km from Chittorgarh in Mandaphia town.
How the idol of Sanawliaji was set up in Mandaphia has an interesting story. It is said that a Jamaat, group of sadhus, that had four idols of Girdhar Gopal Sanawaliaji came to Mewar after visiting different parts of the country. They used to worship the idols performing rituals in the proper way and singing Bhajans. Devotees in large number took part actively in Pooja when the Sadhus camped near river Berach. Incidentally, Meera also got the chance of joining these Satsangs. She was specially attracted by a small idol and watched it for long time with deep devotion singing soulful Bhajans and dancing joyfully. After staying with the Jamaat for a long time, she went to her parents in Merta and then to Vrindavan. It is also said that she went to Shri Dwarka, where she merged with the idol of Lord Krishna.
It is said that when the Jamaat of Sant Dayaram reached Chittorgarh, Aurangzeb came to know about it. Chased by the Mughal soldiers, the Jamaat buried the idols near a big tree near Bagund village that is close to Bhadsoda and began singing Bhajans. Unable to trace the idols, the soldiers went away. Later on, Sant Dayaram passed away and other saints also left the place. However, the idols were safe.
It is said that about 250 years ago, Bholiram Gurjar, a shepherd, saw in a dream that four idols of Krishna lay buried in Bagund near a big tree. When he told the people of Mandaphia about his dream, at first they did not believe him. Later on, when the people of Bagund and Mandaphia reached the place and dug it, they found the four idols intact. While digging, one of the idols was broken. So it was left there. Bagund, Bhadsoda and Mandaphia got one idol each. The idol that had attracted Meera was kept in the house of Bholaram Gurjar for the time being. When the fame of the idol spread far and wide, large number of devotees began to come for Darshan. So it was shifted to a Kuccha Mandir near a small well. Later on, a trust was formed and in 1961-62 a big temple was constructed.
Now a grand temple like Akshar Dham in Ahmedabad is being constructed at the cost of about fifty crore.
Among several miracles one that is most talked about is the one that was seen at the time of Annakoot. Bhakta Bholiram felt that there was no ‘ghee’ left for preparation of Malpuas for pilgrims. Learning about his problem, an old gentleman asked him to draw the required quantity of water from the small well nearby. However, he should put back the same amount of Ghee in the well at the end of the festival. The water of the well turned into Ghee and was used for Malpuas. When as promised, Ghee was poured into the well, it was turned into water. Bholiram and others were astonished and tried hard to search the old man but in vain. Then they realized that he was no other than Lord Krishna Himself.
Another incident is related to the visit of erstwhile Chief Minister Bhaironsingh Shekhawat to the temple in 1992. The Darshan is closed from twelve noon to 2.30 p.m. It was 2 p.m. when he wanted to have Darshan. All efforts to open the lock of the temple failed. However, just after 2.30p.m., it was possible to open the lock with the same key. Gods are usually not called Seth. However Sanawaliya is an exception. It is said that Lord Krishna went to Bhakta Narsee Mehta for the Mahera of his daughter and offered precious jewels in the form of Sanawalia Seth, so the Lord was given the name of Sanawalia Seth. Another reason might be that every month crores of rupees and precious jewellery is offered to Him in this Mandir. So he becomes a rich Seth.
One can enter the Main Sabhamandap through three gates. The special thing is that from the middle gate that is quite big one can easily have Darshan of the Lord. The main Sabhamandap is huge and is supported by eight pillars. Outside it, is a wide gallery. In the Garbhgrah is the black idol made of stone brought from mines in Bharatpur. Artistically made, the four armed idol is very attractive.
There is Mangla Aarti, Shringar Aarti, Rajbhog Aarti, Sayankalin Aarti and Shayan Aarti every day.
All through the year are celebrated festivals such as Deepawali, Annakoot, Devuthani Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi, Holi, Sharad Purnima, Basant Panchmi, Mahashivratri and Hariyali Amavas.
With great enthusiasm is celebrated Krishna Janmashtmi. There are also Akhara Pradarshan and Matkiphod programmes. On Jaljhulani Ekadashi a big three-day Mela is held in which a large number of devotees from far and near congregate. Every month on Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksh the Bhandar is opened in which are found offering worth crores of rupees. The next day there is a Mahaprasadi programme.
Also well known is the Prasad of Laddus and Mathdi.
This Mandir with huge assets spends a lot of money for construction of Mandirs, link roads, school, colleges and hospitals, organizes medical camps and manages a huge Gaushala with over 2000 cows.
With its serene environment and spiritual ambience, the Mandir is thronged by big crowds of devotees all through the year.