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Dwarka

Dwarka


यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत । अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं मृजाम्यहम ।।
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम । धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवानि युगे युगे ।।

The Myth....

Lord Krishna and Yadavas leave Mathura and arrive at the sea-coast of Saurashtra and they decide to build capital city on the large coastal area. They invoke god Vishwakarma, the builder of cities. Vishwakarma tells them the city of Dwaraka could be built only if the sea god dedicate some of his land. Lord Krishna then invokes the sea-god. The sea-god is pleased and dedicates 12 'Jojan' land. The gold city of Dwaraka is built on the land. The city also comes to be known as Daravati and Kushasthali.

According to another myth, when Lord Krishna got injured by an arrow of a hunter at Bhalaka Tirth near Somnath at the fag end of his life and left his mortal body at the "Triveny Sangam" (The meeting place of three rivers or revaluates), the ancient city of Dwaraka sunk in the belly of the sea.

Capital city built by Loard Krishna, the epoch making god who sang and spread the glory of Indian Culture.

An ancient place of pilgrimage

Dwaraka is situated at the western end of Gujarat State on the coast of Sindhusagar (Arabian Sea). It is an ancient place of pilgrimage associated with the mythical tales of the life of Lord Krishna. Dwaraka is believed to be a city of Salavation. Therefore, the flow of devotee Hindu pilgrims continues throughout the year at this place. They come here to seek "Darshana" (a glimpse) of the place where Lord Krishna ruled for a long time. Lord Krishna met his childhood friend Sudama at the island of Dwaraka (Beyt Dwaraka). Meerabai, the devout worshiper of Lord Krishna also breathed her last at this holy place. It is believed that the ancient Dwaraka city was built in gold by Lord Krishna and it later sank in the sea. After Lord Krishna, Dwaraka was ruled by various dynasties like the Guptas,the Pallavas, the Chalukya etc.

Situated at the meeting place of river Gomati and Sindhusagar (Arabian Sea), Dwaraka is famous for its Jagat Mandir (Temple) The temple is believed to be 2500 years old. The height of this five storied temple is 160 ft. The original temple was believed to have been built within 24 hours by god Vishwakarma at the command of Lord Krishna. That temple does not exist today. The present temple is a marvel of stone work and sculpting. The dome of the temple is placed on eight pillars. The walls outside the temple are built with stone with exquisite carving. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, an idol of Lord Krishna has been placed on a silver plated throne. The idol has been carved in a black stone and it has four arms. Govt. of Gujarat has accepted in principle the scheme to construct a bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwaraka.

Access

By road

  • Gandhinagar - 481 Kms.
  • Ahmedabad - 450 Kms.
  • Rajkot - 217 Kms.
  • Jamnagar - 148 Kms.
  • Porbandar - 70 Kms.

Nearest railway station - Dwaraka via Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar

Nearest Airport - Jamnagar and Porbandar

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Contact Details

Collector Jamnagar & Member Secretary,
Dwaraka Devsthan Samiti.
Phone No.: (O) +91 288 2555869
(R) +91 288 2554059
(F) +91 288 2555899
(M) +91 9825049331

Administrator
Phone No.: (O) +91 289 234080
(F) +91 289 234541

Trust Vishramgruh Dwaraka. 2234090.
Mamalatdar (O.Fax) 234449