Table of contents for Somnath and Dwarka
- A trip to Somnath
- A religious trip to Dwarka
Next day early morning we left for dwarka at 8.30 am . Two private buses leave for Dwarka one at 8.30 am and other at 2.30 pm. They charge Rs. 160 per head . Dwarka is around 230 km from Somnath . It took around 5 hours to reach dwarka .In between we had darshan of Harsiddhi Mata After Porbander. The whole road is fantastic near the sea . You can see lot of Windmills. Great Scenery .
We reached in afternoon and stayed at KokilaBen Ambani Hotel ( Reliance ). The hotel is fanastic and best in Dwarka. The room has lot of basic amenities , clean and tidy . And above all rate is cheap Rs 350 / day.
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Evening we decided to visit the Dwarkadhish Temple . It is around 7 – 10 minutes from the hotel.
About The Temple
The present temple was built in 16th century CE, while the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna’s great grandson, King Vajra. The 5-storied temple is made of limestone and sand. A flag hoisted in the temple tower five times each day. There are two gateways – Swarga Dwar, where pilgrims enter, and Moksha Dwar, where pilgrims exit. From the temple one can view the Sangam (confluence) of River Gomati flowing towards the sea. In Dwaraka, there are also shrines for Vasudeva, Devaki, Balarama and Revati, Subhadra, Rukmini Devi, Jambavati Devi andSatyabhama Devi.
There is a special temple for Rukmini Devi on the way to Bet Dwarka temple, which can be reached by boat. A similar deity of Lord Dwarakanath is also kept in Bet Dwaraka. The temple has many Shrines for Lakshmi Narayana, Trivikrama, Jambavati Devi, Satyabhama Devi and Rukmini Devi.
Dwarkadhish Temple ( JAGAT MANDIR);
This is also called Jagat Mandir where you get darshan all the major deities . At entrance you have start with darshan of Kusheshwar Mahadev who is kuldevata of lord Krishna .It is said that unless you don’t take darshan of lord kusheshawar lord Dwarkadhish will not bless you.
While visiting this temple there are lot of intelligent pandas who wander around for money . They will say that we are funded by temple trust . And then they will give you the details of all the deities and while finishing they will ask for money in a very polite manner which you cannot or will not deny.
The Idol of Lord Dwarkadhish so cute and sweet that you feel that you want to take it home .
After that we roamed nearby and booked the bus ticket for BET DWARKA and NAGESHWAR MAHADEV for next day at 2.30 pm from Dwarka Municipal corporation . One bus starts in Morning also at 8.00 oclock.
Day 5 ( DWARKA , BET DWARKA and NAGESHWAR Mahadev ) 1 November
Next Day again I went to Mangla aarti in the morning at 7.00 oclock . This aarti has religious significance and you cannot miss it. Be at 6.30 to take darshan as soon as curtains open at 7.00 am.
Then Again at 8.00 oclock I came with family . We had Bath in Gomati river besides the temple .
Then we decided to cross Gomati and have darshan of 5 Wells made by pandavas , Lord Vishnu Laxmi and Garuda, Ram Stone floating in water , place where Rishi Durvasa meditated.
After completing places near the temple we did lot ofd shopping specially sweets and Gola Sharbat which is very famous. Sight Seeing Nearby Dwarka traveling in Bus in afternoon
Nageshwar Jyotirling. Large statue of Lord Shiva At Nageshwar Jyotirling. Here we get only 20 minutes for darshan of Lord Nageshwar .
Again in Bet Dwarka there is a place where lord met sudama . while visiting Dwraka it is must to visit Bet Dwarka other wise the trip is incomplete.
We Reached Dwarka at 8.30 evening.
Day 5 ( Dwarka to Mumbai ) 2 November
Next Day again after having darshan we left for Mumbai in Saurashtra Mail at 12.00 oclock.
That’s all from my side
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