during the year recall special events in the Lord's life. It is during
these festivals, redolent as they are with mystic fervor and joy, that the true significance of Dwarka can be understood.
The Rukmini Devi Temple is another architectural masterpiece of this famous Hindu Pilgrimage site. Rukmini is the most important of Krishna's 16,108
wives. Dating back to the 12th century, the temple walls are decorated with beautiful paintings portraying her pastimes with
The Sharada Peetha is one of the four Mathas established by Jagat-guru Shankaracharya,
all of which survive to this day. The Matha runs an educational society, an arts college and a Sanskrit Academy.
Also known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived
with his family when he ruled at Dwarka. It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a
point to visit the Krishna temple in Dwarka which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced.
The Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in
that form in different parts of India. The Nageshwar Mahadev shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and
is therefore accorded great respect.