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
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.
- 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.