finally abandoned his body, the city slipped into the sea and its waves
closed over it forever.
Dwarka - The Destination
One of the most sacred pilgrimage site for the
Hindu, Dwarka, on the west coast of Gujarat on the shore of the
Arabian Sea, features in most of the legends surrounding Lord
Krishna. It is from here that Lord Krishna is believed to
have ruled his kingdom.
On the eve of the great battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna set
out from Dwarka to the site of the battle, to instruct Arjuna,
the Pandava, and these instructions form the text of the Bhagavad
Gita. There are other legends connected with
Dwarka . It is said that when the Lord
It is evident that Dwarka was a popular town with buildings
constructed of stone and brick, even before the Christian era. Its archaeological
remnants point to a level of prosperity unusual at that time. Throughout
the centuries, Dwarka has been visited extensively by people whose names
illuminate the pages of history. Among these were Adi Shankaracharya,
Ramanuja, the great mystic Narsinh Mehta, Mira, the devout princess
from Chitor, and the great saints Kabir and Nanak.
The small town which comes alive every year during Janmashtami, Krishna's birthday, is the location of his
Dwarakanath temple. It was supposedly built by one of his renowned devotee, Mira
Bai. The temple of Dwarkadheesh, also known as Jagat Mandir, is built
on the north bank of the Gomti Creek. The temple dates back to 2,500
years. Architecturally the temple is constructed on the same plan and
system as most of the Hindu sacred edifices of antiquity. Sixty columns
support the roof of the audience hall of the Jagat Mandir. The main
temple is five-story high with the lavishly carved conical spire rising
to a height of 157 feet.
Even for those with no inclination towards Krishna
or His people, the magic of Dwarka still leaves a lingering glow inside
those who visit. The people are warm and friendly, ready to open their
homes for a closer look into their lives. It is unlike any other religious
town and the only way to feel its radiance is by experiencing it.
Dwarka - Facts
at a Glance
History of Dwarka
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is an important pilgrimage center. It is steeped in legends, being associated
with the life of Lord Krishna. In Puranic times, present-day Dwarka
was known as Kushasthali or Dwaravati and enjoyed pride of place as
the most important spot on the Saurashtra coast. It is said that Lord
Krishna, after slaying Kansa, left his abode at Mathura and traveled
with the entire Yadava community to the coast of Saurashtra where he
founded a town and named it Swarnadwarika.
Vajranabh, Lord Krishna's successor and great grandson,
is believed to have built the present temple Dwarakanath, also called
Trilok Sundar. Many Hindus fervently believe that the temple was erected
in one night by a supernatural agency, under Vajranabh's direction.
Legend has it that when dying, Lord Krishna asked his
devotees to leave Swarnadwarika so that the sea could engulf it. Until
this day, Lord Krishna's city lies buried under the sea. Excavations
have revealed that the sea swallowed five settlements, the present-day
Dwaraka being the sixth in line.