Video - In and Around Dwarkadhish Temple
The image of Lord Krishna is presented in the form of four-armed Vishnu (Lord Krishna who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu) known as Trivikrama. Apart from the main idol, there are even idols of Baldevaji (Balrama) brother of Lord Krishna, Pradyumna and Aniruddha (who are the grandsons of Lord Krishna) too. There is even a small shrine dedicated to Kuseswara Mahadeva - lord Shiva also. Besides all these there are shrines dedicated to Devaki - mother of Lord Krishna, Veni-madhava - Lord Vishnu, Radhika, Jambuvati, Satyabhama, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Lakshmi-Narayan in the temple complex.
Significance of the temple
This temple of Lord Krishna is ornate, exquisite, majestic and one of the most imposing five- storied structures of Hindu architecture in Gujarat. It is a five-storey high temple which is built on seventy-two pillars and the temple spire is 78.3m high. From the temple dome there waves an eighty-four foot long multicolored flag decorated with the symbols of the sun and moon. Lord Krishna's grandson, named as Vajranabha, is said to have built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the hari-griha (Lord Krishna's residential place).
The sanctum of this sacred temple is formed by the Jagat Mandir, or Nija Mandir, which existed around atleast 2500 years. The Jagat Mandir has a tall tower and a hall of audience. There are two entrances to the temple. The main entrance (north entrance) is called "Moksha Dwara" (Door to Salvation). This entrance leads to the main market. The south entrance is called "Swarga Dwara" (Gate to Heaven). Outside this doorway are 56 steps that lead to the Gomati River. Dwarka has been regarded as the holiest temples of the Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Krishna which is the eighth Avatara of Vishnu and the hero of the Mahabharata epic. The legends goes like Lord Krishna left his birth place Mathura and had came to this place where he settled down with his very own Yadava clan. Then later he constructed the golden city and named it as Kushasthali or Dwaravati which later came to be known as Dwarka..
According to the evidences and legends of the archaeological excavations, the present day Dwarka is known to be one of the 6 cities on this site, the other five of which were submerged in the Arabian Sea.
The Dwarkanath Temple is the most important pilgrimage site for the Hindus. The temple of Dwarkanath Temple in Dwarka is also known as Jagat Mandir. Dwarkanath Temple in Dwarka dates back to 2,500 years. You will find a one-meter tall, four handed black idol of Ranchhodrai, and the ruler of Dwarika. The four maths established by Adi Shankaracharya, the Sharad Peetha is other places of attraction near Dwarkanath Temple of Dwarka.
Time to Visit
The timing to visit the Temple are from 7am-12:30pm and 5pm-9:30pm. The Dwarkanath Temple in Dwarka expreinces thousands of tourists and devotees who throng in crowds on 'Janmashtami', the birthday of Lord Krishna to pay their homage to the Lord.
Other places to Visit
The other temples in Dwarka are the Trikamji temple, Kalyanrai temple, the Patrani temple, Durvas temple, etc. Sharda Pith is set up by Adi Shankaracharya and it imparts instruction in Sanskrit. Darukvan in the region is one of the Jyotirlingas.
Accommodation of the TempleThere are Reasonable type of accommodations available in and around this Dwarka temple. There are even numerous government offices and dharamshalas, which are good enough to cater to your accommodation needs.
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How to reach the Temple
- Through Air to reach the temple the Nearest Airport is Jamnagar (146 Kms.)
- Through Road Dwarka Connects with Jamnagar which is 132 kms away connecting Mumbai (945 kms.) via Rajkot (270 kms.) and Ahmedabad (453 kms.). Dwarka lies mostly on the metre gauge link between Viramgam and Okha.
- By Road the State transport provides good facilities of buses and luxury coaches which are available from different parts of Gujarat.