DWARKA: CITY OF LORD KRISHNA
Dwarka is a city and a municipality of Jamnagar district in the Gujarat state in India. Dwarka is one of the seven most ancient cities in the country. It shares a historic story, connecting the links of Dwarka with Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna in Mahabharata and other Hindu epics many time is honoured as DwarikaDIsh means the king of Dwarka.
Mahabharata have often described as myths that “On the same day Krishna left the earth the powerful dark-bodied Kali Age descended. The oceans rose and submerged the whole of Dwaraka. “According to Vishnu Purana – Dwaraka was submerged by the sea right after Lord Krishna left the earth.
In the early eighties an important archaeological site was found in India, at Dwaraka, the site of the legendary city of Lord Krishna. Now, it is discovered that the whole coast of western India sank by nearly 40 feet around 1500 B.C.
Dwarka is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and one of the Char Dham along with Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram. The city is especially respected by Vaishnavas.
The Jagatmandir temple, which is said to be house of Dwarkadish, a form of Krishna, is also located in Dwaraka.
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. The Lord here is dressed in Kalyana Kolam where he appears to be a Royal Wedding costume. It is one of the 108 Divya desams.
THE DWARAKADISH TEMPLE
The original temple was believed to built by Krishna’s great grandson, King Vajra while, the present temple was built from 6th to 7th century. The 5-storied temple is made of limestone and sand. A flag is 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, Balaramaand Revati, Subhadra, Rukmini Devi, Jambavati Devi and Satyabhama Devi.
There is a special temple for Rukmini Devi on the way to the Bet Dwarka temple. Bet Dwarka, a similar deity to Lord Dwarakanath, is also kept in Bet Dwaraka. The temple of Bet Dwarka can be reached by boat. The temple has many shrines for Lakshmi Narayana, Trivikrama, Jambavati Devi, Satyabhama Devi and Rukmini Devi.
How to Reach
Reach Dwarka by Air
Jamnagar airport is the nearest domestic airport, which links Dwarka with all the main cities of the country. One can get frequent flights for different destinations from here. From Jamnagar, one can take a cab and can arrive at the enchanting city of Dwarka.
Reach Dwarka by Road
Dwarka railway station located in the Ahmedabad – Okha rail route and is linked to other main railheads of the regions.
Reach Dwarka by Train
Driving to Dwarka can be fun and quite an adventure. As you negotiate the roads, you’ll come in direct contact with God’s masterful work in the form of the beautiful countryside. The road to Dwarka are well built and well maintained. Driving during the night is not advisable due to safety concerns.
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