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Situated in the extreme west of the Indian state of Gujarat, Dwarka lies in the Saurashtra peninsula on the Arabian sea. The city is located on the banks, to the right of the Gamut creek. With a population of 52,000 (approximately), Dwarka in India is an important pilgrimage centre. It is 378kms from Ahmedabad. The best time to visit Dwarka is between October to March. One can communicate in Urdu, Gujarati and English.

History :

Dwarka TempleDwarka is a holy site for Hindu pilgrimage in India. It has a mythological legendary connection with the life of Lord Krishna. In the Puranas(holy text of the Hindus), present day Dwarka was known as Kushasthali or Dwarkavati and could boast of being a famous historic pilgrimage sites in India on the Saurashtra coast. The common belief is that Lord Krishna, killed Kansa and left his birthplace at Mathura. He, then travelled with his entire Yadava clan upto the coast of Saurashtra. There, he found a town and named it Swarnadwarika.

Vairanabh, the successor and great grandson of Lord Krishna is believed to have built the present temple of Dwarkanath, also called Trilok Sundar. It is the belief of many Hindus that the temple was erected in one night by a super natural agency under the direction of Vairanabh.

The mythological story is that when Lord Krishna was in his deathbed he asked his devout followers to leave Swarnadwarika so that the sea could engulf it. Till today, the city of Lord Krishna lies underneath the sea. Excavations have proved that five settlements were engulfed by the sea and the present day Dwarka follows as the sixth. With its rich history this place is indeed regarded as one of the prominent West India Pilgrimage.

Sites to Visit :

Dwarkadheesh temple : Also known as Jagat Mandir, it is built on the north bank of the Gomti creek. Dating back to 2500 years, the temple is architecturally built on the same plan and system like most of the sacred antique Hindu temples. The roof of the audience hall of the temple is supported with sixty columns. Five-storey high, the main temple is lavishly carved with conical spire rising to a height of 157 feet.

Ranchhodrai : One metre tall, fourhanded black idol of the ruler of Dwarika in the Shankoddar island

Temple of Rukmini : Popular with the pilgrims is this temple. Rukmini, the wife of Lord Krishna is said to be an incarnation of Lakshmi who is the Goddess of wealth and beauty.

Seat of Adi Sankaracharya : Dwarka, also known as Sharad Peetha is revered as the seat of Adi Sankaracharya. He has established four seats in all the four directions of the country.

Fairs and Festivals : Major festival is Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) that is celebrated in August/September.

Other Tourist Spots :

Shankhoddar Island : 32 kms from Dwarka, it is the place where Lord Krishna and his family lived. It is also the spot where Lord Vishnu slayed the demon Sankhasura.

Matsyavtar Temple : Pilgrims are ferried to and from the Shankoddar Island, to this temple by boatmen.

Dwarikavan (Dwarka forest) : Here, is the famous Naagnath (Shiva) temple that has the JyotirLingas enshrined in and attracts thousands of pilgrims.

The best time to visit Dwarka is between October to March. One can communicate in Urdu, Gujarati and English. It is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broadguage railway line. Nearest airport is Jamnagar. A state highway between Jamnagar and Okha also connects it.Tour Bokking

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