Dwarka India

 
Attractions in Dwarka

Dwarkadisha Temple - Ornate, exquisite and majestic, the Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir) is one of the most imposing five-storied structures of Hindu architecture in Gujarat on the confluence of river Gomti and Arabian sea. The five-storey high temple is built on seventy-two pillars. The temple spire is 78.3m high. From the temple dome waves an eighty-four foot long multicolored flag decorated with the symbols of the sun and moon. Lord Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha, is said to have built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the Hari-Griha (Lord Krishna's residential place). The sanctum of
Dwarkadisha Temple in Dwarka
the temple is formed by the Jagat Mandir, or Nija Mandir, which dates back at least 2500 years. The Jagat Mandir has a tall tower and a hall of audience. There are two entrances to the temple. The main 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.

Rukmini Temple - Dating back to the 12th-13th century, the Rukmini temple has beautiful carvings, especially on the pillars of the Sabha Mandapa. The temple was built in honour of Rani Rukmani, princess of Vidharba, who was to be married to Sishupala, but eloped with Lord Krishna.

Beyt Dwarka
Beyt Dwarka - The island of Beyt Dwarka is associated with Lord Krishna. The main temple here, built in the 19th century has several shrines and images of lord Krishna and his 56 consorts. There are several other temples on the island. Excavations have also revealed some Harappan period artifacts. There are some nice beaches and coral formations to the north and east of the island.

Nageshwar Mandir - Nageshwar Mandir is a Mahadev temple, with one  of the  12  Jyotirlingas in an underground chamber . Vasai has an

ancient Sun temple. Ved Bhuvan is an institution teaching Vedic scriptures and philosophies. Shankaracharya set up a Hindu monastery here in the 8th-9th century. Shardapith Math is another Hindu monastery complex with a museum.

Gopi Talav - It is associated with Lord Krishna and Arjuna and includes several shrines in the complex.

Events in Dwarka

Janmashtami, the day Shri Krishna was born, is celebrated with great splendour. Rows of lights are lit everywhere, kirtans and bhajans are sung, sermons are delivered and Krishna is worshipped in his infant form. Thousands of people go to Dwarka to visit the temple and participate in the fair. After visiting the main temple, devotees go to Shankhoddhar Beyt. There are some other important temples, both old and new. Among these is the temple of Shank-Narayan, dedicated to the Matsyavatar, the incarnation of Vishnu as a fish, which was constructed over 200 years ago.

Getting There & Away to Dwarka

Flights to Dwarka Nearest airport is Jamnagar, from where flights for Mumbai can be taken.
Trains to Dwarka
Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad-gauge railway line, about 137 km from Jamnagar, 217 km from Rajkot and 378 km from Ahmedabad.
Car and Bus service to Dwarka
A state highway with Jamnagar and Okha also connects it. Luxury coaches are available from Dwarka to other important cities of Gujarat.
Dwarka Holiday Packages

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