Dwarkadhish Temple is the most inexorable part of the religious shrines of Mathura. It s located in Mathura which is a small town in the western part of Uttar Pradesh. The Dwarkadesh mandir is situated in the eastern part of Mathura.
Video - In and Around Dwarkadhish Mandir
Significance of the temple
According to religious traditions Mathura is very much an auspicious place where Lord Krishna took birth, around 5000 years ago. The Dwarkadheesh Temple has been one of the most visited shrines of Mathura.
The Dwarkadhish Mandir was built in 1814 and is said to have been constructed by Seth Gokul Das Parikh, who once upon a time was the treasurer of the Gwalior Estate. As he was the great devotee of Lord Krishna he erected the shrine to commemorate the deity. Today the Dwarikadhish Mandir is administered by the followers of the Vallabhacharya section.
The main shrine in the Dwakadish Mandir embraces the images of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. Apart from this image of Radha-Krishna, the shrine has images of other Gods of the Hindu Pantheon. The structure of the temple has the glimpse of local art and architecture. The interiors boast the excellent work of art, brilliant carvings and exquisite paintings.
In the vein of other Krishna temples, Janmashtami is the major festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple. During the festivals like the Janmashtami, and even the much-awaited festivals like Holi and Diwali are observed with a whole-hearted celebration. People from all over the country come to this sacred shrine to receive the blessings from the Lord.
Time to Visit
The Dwarkadish Temple can be visited between 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM throughout the year. The Temple is best known for its architecture with beautiful carvings and paintings. The Temple is decorated for Festivals like Holi, Janmashtami and Diwali which are celebrated with lot of pomp and grandeur in the temple. During these occasions loads of tourists visit the temple to receive the blessings of the Lord. Presently the management and administration of the temple look after Vallabhacharya section who are the followers.
Mangala darshan of Dwarkadhish is good during the winter months and it
takes place at 6.30 in the morning. Nearly 2,500 to 3,000 people make it every day to say “good morning” or the morning Dharshan to the Lord Krishna. Though the curtains open at 6.30, there are already hundreds of people gathering in the temple courtyard by 6.00. During the hindu festivals like those of Holi, Janmashtami and Diwali, this temple is decorated gorgeously.
Other places to Visit
Jama Masjid: it is an ancient mosque which was built by Abo-in-Nabir-Khan in 1661 AD and has 4 towering minarets with bright colored plaster mosaic of which a few panels are still present.
Vishram Ghat: This holy ghat on the bank of river Ganga is the place where Lord Krishna is believed to have rested after assassinating Kansa.
Gita Mandir: Situated on the outskirts of the city, the temple is known for the intricate carvings and its exquisite paintings.
Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
Accomodation facilities near Dwarkadhish Mandir are quite comfortable with all types of hotels like Mathura hotel, Sheetal Regency & others with all the facilities for the devotees coming to visit the temple.There are Hotels like Abhinandan, Best western Radha Ashok, Hotel Brijwasi Royal, Country Inn Kosi, Hotel Goverdhan Palace, Hotel Sheetal Regency & Wingston Hotel.
Cab, autos and rickshaws are available for people to reach the museum. There is no special accommodation for the visitors. The Dwarkadhish Temple exhibits an excellent work of art.
Images of Lord Krishna, his beloved Radha, and other Hindu deities are exhibited in the interior of the temple. Elements of local art and aesthetics enrich the temple’s architecture.
How to Reach the Temple
Air: The nearest airport is 67 km away in Kheria in Agra, which has regular domestic flights from Delhi, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
Rail: Mathura is well connected by trains to Agra, Delhi, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur and Kota and the Taj Express to and from Delhi is a desirable option. Mathura is located on the Delhi-Mumbai main Line of central railway. The city is well connected by rail service with all major cities.
Road: Mathura is very well linked by a network of roads to all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. On NH-2, the city of Mathura is linked by road to Delhi and other major cities of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.