A religious trip to Dwarka

Table of contents for Somnath and Dwarka

  1. A trip to Somnath
  2. 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.
Log on to www.pndwarka.com for more info

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.

Dwarka Temple

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.

Dwarkadhish

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 .

Offerings

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.

In boat while crossing Gomati

Dwarkadhish Temple after crossing the Gomati river

Dwarka City crossing Gomati


Stone floating in water ( Sample from Rama Setu)

Lord Vishnu , Devi Lakshmi and Garuda in one swayambhu moorti

Place where Rishi Durvasa meditated.


Wells made by Pandavas

Wells

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


Rukmini Temple

Nageshwar Jyotirling

Nageshwar Jyotirling. Large statue of Lord Shiva At Nageshwar Jyotirling. Here we get only 20 minutes for darshan of Lord Nageshwar .

Lord Nageshwar Temple

Gopi Talav

Crowded Boat on the way to Bet Dwarka

Bet Dwarka

Entrance to Bet Dwarka

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

Dear Readers if you want to read my other Yatras with more pictures PLEASE CLICK BELOW

AMARNATH YATRA

JAMMU AND KASHMIR: PAHALGAM , VAISHNO DEVI

PUNJAB : AMRITSAR

GUJARAT : SOMNATH AND DWARKA  ( 2010 & 2012 )

MAHARSHTTRA : BHIMASHANKAR , TRIMBAKESHWAR , GRISHNESHWAR , DAULATABAD FORT

MADHYA PRADESH : UJJAIN , OMKARESHWAR AND DEWAS

KASHI YATRA : VARANASI , PRAYAG AND CHITRAKOOT

KARNATAKA : GOKARNA , UDUPI , MURUDESHWAR , SIRSI

LORD SHIVA JYOTIRLINGS

 

26 Comments

  • vinaymusafir says:

    Well written travel story. Pics are good, but should be more. :-)
    I enjoyed your journey.

  • Spell Checker says:

    No head or tail, being a cut-and-paste job. (No probs, some says its well-written!)

    Enjoyed some pics anyway.

    • vinaymusafir says:

      Very dear Spell Checker, we are not having writting competition here. We are sharing our travel experiences here, in our own words. Writting impressive english can impress but sometimes seems not enjoyable.
      What I like is, travel story with lots of pics and needful & infotainment (simple) text.
      We don’t read travel stories with dictionary in our hands.
      And it should be better if we not criticize in public.
      We have to motivate others to write their travel experiences and guide us, and motivate us to travel like them.

      • Spell Checker says:

        Vinay,

        It is easy to say wonderful to any and every post but that is not going to help the author who makes mistakes out of carelessness. Barring a few, none of the bloggers here are school kids so when you are posting in a public forum the output need to have some basic quality. When factual errors and careless mistakes which couldve easily avoided had you read your blog before posting someone need to point it out. The Editor tries her best by posting useful tips to write better blogs but not sure how many of us make use of it.
        What I like, is a travel story with useful facts, personal experiences and beautiful photographs (not the dour face of the author in every alternate frame as this isnt a personal site).
        Why do you think some blogs get low hits and few comments? All the author need to do is to improve the quality for which someone needs to tell them and if need be, visit dictionary.com.

        • vinaymusafir says:

          Sorry for being rude.
          But if the author is new, he would definitely make mistake.
          He could be informed about this by saying like…”your post was good and I liked it, but some efforts could make it better, like this and that”.
          Saying “No head or tail, being a cut-and-paste job.”, can hurt someone.

          • Spell Checker says:

            Its alright, mate. Not at all offended.
            In this case the author was not at fault. But there are instances where a portion from the middle of their blog published somewhere else been copied here which then appear headless.
            Thanks, but no thanks.

        • ramachandrasekaran says:

          this sort of critical review is lacking in every walk of indian life.fear of being dubbed rude
          people shower unneccessary/undeserving praises. it’s like pampering a kid. the result is
          author/actor/sportsman etc is made to think that he is at the pinnacle of his work/career & has done perfect work & so none can question him.

  • dear Nandan / Vibha ,

    Lot of pictures which I sent you in mail are missing and I wanted in the format which I had sent you in email.
    Otherwise it becomes less interesting and people cant follow.
    Please check out my word file in the email. The main photo of idol of Dwarkadhish is missing

    dear spellchecker please read my post ” A Religious Trip to Somnath ” Then you can understand why there is no head or tail . These were two combined stories which editor has divided.

    thanks Vinay for your comments

  • Dear Nandan

    Also I wanted the post and the photos in the same order as in the word format in email

  • Sahil Sethi says:

    Vishal , Good One. Enjoyed reading through both the parts. I really liked your profile pic with your baby . Very cute. Do share your more travel experiences.
    Cheers…

    Sahil

  • Thanks Sahil ,

    I am coming up with my journey to Kashi, Prayag and Chitrakoot Dham soon

  • Sharma Shreeniwas says:

    I keenly went through your travel story. I have thirst to visit Dwarka & Somanath and your story has helped me in gathering knowledge which would be helpful during the visit.

  • thanks shreeniwas ,

    if you want any more information regarding these two places, i would be grateful

    Thanks

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Very wel written post and beautiful pictures. I had been there before last year and enjoyed the trip a lot. The most memorable moments of Dwarka trip being the small voyage between Okha and Bet Dwarka, this 20 minute journey happens more enjoyable when the birds in a huge number come very closer to us and offers us beautiful scenes to photograph.

    Waiting for your next post as our next years plan is to visit Kashi.

    Thanks.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Did you not clicked the huge idol of lord Shiva in the campus of Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple? Its really amazing.

    Thanks.

  • Nandan says:

    I am late to the party but let me see what best can be done here.

    @ Spell Checker – I have put the series so it should help to give some context to readers. It takes all kind of people to make this world, including you and me :-). I look forward to your comments so keep them coming please.

    @ Vinay – Great comments.

    @ Vishal – Please send me pictures separately since I cant extract them from word document, also a lot of them have lost their aspect ratios because probably you would have resized them within MS-Word. Just send me pics (or a zip of them) and some directions on where you want them. They would be there.

    And finally, I am sure that this post is going to very useful for folks planning a visit to Dwarka.

    I look forward to read more of your stuff.

  • Dear Mukesh

    I have already sent those pictures . there were 18 pictures in two different mails. I think Nandan has uploaded pictures of second mail only.

    Dear Nandan

    I have again sent those pictures in two different mails .Also I have sent the post in word format with pictures . Please post in the same order as in that word file , so that its easy to understand

    cheers to all

  • Dear Nandan

    thanks a lot . This looks great

    Dear All , ( Vinay , Spellchecker, Sahil Sethi, Sharma Shreeniwas, Mukesh Bhalse )

    Now You can see both the complete posts Of Somnath and Dwarka

    Regards

    Vishal Rathod

    • Spell Checker says:

      Great! It now looks a lot better than the initial one.
      Rukmini temples architecture is really interesting.

  • Mehul says:

    Dear MR. Rathod,
    I will plan for Dwarka. Which is best accommodation there. Pls help me.

  • Mehul says:

    i watn some more information regarding these two places can u help me .. my email id is [email protected]
    Can u mail me some more info in above matter.

    My name is Mehul Panchal from Baroda(Guj.)

  • Praveen Wadhwa says:

    After reading your’s this post I am planning to visit Dwarka.
    Very informative and also entertaining.
    Thanks Man. Keep travelling; when you travel you take us all with you.

  • dear

    am planning a visit on august to dwaraka/sonath/nageswar/gayatri saktheepedu/triveni sangam …
    am little confused on how to manage this trip ..
    i will be arrvining in ahmedbad air port with family (3 ppl)on august 21 and now how to proceed the trip …?
    where to stay ? where to go first?..etc

    can you please help me with detailed instruction

    may god bless you

    best reagrds
    HAri

  • dear

    please also provide your number so that i can call you for guidence

    hari

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