Dwarka

Where does legend end and history begin… is this pure mythology or belief sprung from real source… India is a land of beliefs and this is very much the essence of Dwarka.
Here, legend says, Lord Krishna reclaimed land from the sea and established his kingdom. Dwarakadheesh temple in present Dwarka city is believed to have been originally built by Lord Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha, over hari-griha (Lord Krishna’s residential place). The present temple built in the 16th century CE is made of limestone and sand. From the temple one can view the Sangam or confluence of river Gomti flowing into the sea. In Dwarka there are shrines dedicated to Vasudeva, Devaki, Balarama and Revathy, Subhadra, Rukmini Devi, Jambavati Devi and Satyabhama Devi. There is also the Shri Vishwakarma temple dedicated to Vishwakarma, the divine architect himself who presided over Dwarka’s construction and the Mirabai Temple in honour of the great devotee of Lord Krishna.
The island of Bet Dwarka, reached by ferry, is famous for its temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and has many Shrines for Lakshmi Narayana, Trivikrama, Jambavati Devi, Satyabhama Devi and Rukmini Devi. Dwarka can be reached by road or railways.
The Samudra Narayan Temple is situated where river Gomti meets the sea. There is also a lighthouse which offers a panoramic view of Dwarka.
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 holy shrines of Shiva, is located near Dwaraka.
Dwarka is also the site of Dvaraka Pitha, one of the four cardinal mathas established by Adi Shankara
Best Time to Visit: October to April

Languages Spoken: Gujarati

Climate: Hot and dry summers and pleasant winters

Holy places: Dwarakadheesh temple, The Samudra Narayan Temple, Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, Dwarka Pitha, Bet Dwarka

Unique places: Lighthouse at Dwarka

Road journeys – Porbandar to mythological Dwarka:

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Contrarily once we reached near the shrine premise, we were glad to see that despite of innumerable devotees there was no chaos and seemed that excellent care has been taken to maintain the sanctity in a well managed way. Far from the entry, cloak rooms with numbered bags are kept in trolleys which can be used to keep off the shoes of the entire group together and deposit it in queue by any one person and obtain a token for free. The valuables like mobiles, cameras etc can also be deposited in another such cloak room adjacent to the shoe stand. It is better to keep the cameras, mobiles & other valuables back in your hotel to avoid delays at depositories.

A team of well mannered security staffs are always ready to guide you amicably for entering into the shrine. Different check points for ladies and gents are equipped with metal detectors and scanners in ‘working condition’ besides physical checking but without hassle. In no time we entered through the giant gate inside the premise and were soon lucky to catch the Shayan Arti at 8.30 pm. The divinity and magnificence of the deity left us in awe and nostalgic. The glittering glossy idol, laden with gold and gems and ornamented with a tilted crown touched the heart immensely and deep immersed the soul in an ocean of sanctum satisfaction with fulfillment. It is perhaps because Lord Krishna is worshiped here as the emperor of Dwarka. The Shayan Arti is performed for 5 minutes only but the rhythmic devotional vibrations lasted till long after. Similarly the divine darshan of the lord continued captured back on memory in persistence of vision.

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My visit to Dwarka and Somnath

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You need to take a engine boat which will take you across the sea.Bet dwarka is most important religious place and as belived that shri krishna meet his friend sudama here.After visited bet dwarka we just left for nageshwar jyotirling.

We came back from bet dwarka and nageshwar at 3 and then we took a nap for some time. And then set out on foot for sight scene near the city I forgot the name of the temple situated near dwarka city but you can get information about temples and sight scene from the hotels and local citizens and Autorikshwalas.

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नागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग – ईश्वर सत्य है, सत्य ही शिव है, शिव ही सुन्दर है.

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सभी घुमक्कड़ साथियों को कविता की ओर से ………ॐ नमः शिवाय……….इस श्रंखला की पिछली पोस्ट में मैंने आपलोगों को भगवान…

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Somnath To Dwarka by Road and Lord Dwarkadhish Darshan

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The whole road is fantastic apart from few streches. The whole journey will be airy besides sea , wind moves and you will find lot of windmills from Suzlon energy. There may be many means to go from Somnath to Dwarka , but as far as I know. You can go by a ) Luxury bus b) Gujarat State Transport c) private cars.Jay Somnath…………….

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Visit to Somnath, Dwarka and Nageshwar Mahadev – Part 2

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The legend behind the distance is the annoyance of Durwasaa Rishi, who cursed Rukmini that she would remained separated from her husband as she had not offered the Rishi the water which she took while pulling the Chariot of the Rishi, and hence this temple is said to be located at a distance of 2 kms from Dwarkadheesh’s temple.

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My visit to Dwarka in Gujarat

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dwarka is a place of religious visit…though many of us visit it as tourist..we decided to visit dwarka and somnath this diwali. without any prior bookings other than train to somnath…

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