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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Dwarka?

Abhishek Sharma DEC 10 2012
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One of the holiest cities in the country and a part of the sacred Char Dham Yatra, the city of Dwarka will enchant you with its rich heritage, especially its links with Lord Krishna. And what better way to explore its divinity than through beautiful, ornate temples, each with its own little tale? Being largely a Hindu area, the city boasts of several small and large temples, some of the popular ones being:

  • Dwarkadhish Temple

    A sight to behold, the temple that makes the whole town so famous, has to be on the top of your itinerary. On the banks of
    River Gomati, devotees here need to take a dip in the river before climbing the stairs to the magnificent temple. the 56 stairs represent the 52 Yadava administration divisions and the 4 deities presiding over it. Believed to be built almost 2500 years ago, this temple has seen several kingdoms and rulers strive to protect it from invaders and destruction. The central idol here is of course Lord Krishna, in his avatar as the ruler of his kingdom, Dwarka. Spread over 5 floors, the temple has beautifully carved pillars, adding to the ancient charm of this architectural wonder.

    The temple complex has two
    shikhars or flags, the longer one signifying the shrine where the main idol is placed. This particular flag is changed 5 times a day, and 4 times on Thursdays, as an offering to Lord Krishna. Some devotees also pledge to change the flags themselves, a ceremony called the Dhwajaarohan, for which a booking needs to be made with the temple administration, sometimes months in advance. The temple has two main gates, Moksha Dwaar (doorway to salvation) and Swarg Dwaar (doorway to heaven).

    The interesting fact about the temple is of course its status as a
    Char Dham Yatra spot and as a Moksha Puri, supremely sacred to Hindus. There are several darshans and aartis during the day, and a true devotee is expected to know these and their significance. Of course, if you’re tech savvy, their website has all updated timings of the aartis and darshans, including the special festivals and pujas. Needless to say, the temple takes on a grand and celebratory character during Krishna Janamashtami every year, which occurs during August or September, depending on the Hindu calendar.

    Darshan Timings: 6.30am to 1pm and 5 to 9.30 pm
    Official Website:

  • Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

    A beautiful temple dedicated to
    Lord Shiva, it houses one of the 12 holy Jyotirlingas of the country, the sacred places where the lord was believed to have appeared on earth. Legend has it that Lord Shiva defeated and killed a demon, Daruka, after which he appeared in a Shivalinga here. But before his death, the demon asked the god for a deathwish - that this place be named after him. Thus emerged another legend associated with the naming of Dwarka itself. The massive idol of Lord Shiva and the temple take on a special hue during the festival of Shivaratri (February/March depending on the Hindu calendar), when the temple is at its crowded and joyous best.

    Timings: 6am to 10pm

  • Rukshamanee Mandir

    Carvings, embellishments and utmost peace will accompany your visit to this lovely temple. Dedicated to
    Lord Krishna’s first consort, Rukmini, this temple, though smaller than many temples at Dwarka, is a must visit for its sheer architectural beauty and splendour, especially the paintings from 12th Century depicting her life with Lord Krishna. Strangely though, a curse is what caused Rukmini’s temple to be away from Krishna’s in the main city. The sage Durvasa cursed Rukmini while he came for a meal to their home and she drank water before the sage finished his meal. The curse meant that she would always be worshipped away from her husband and never in the same shrine. This temple now stands evidence to this poignant tale that speak of love and separation.

  • Beyt Dwarka

    The beautiful and regal kingdom of
    Lord Krishna was once believed to have existed and submerged here in the city of Dwarka. Many historians too believe this conjecture, especially since several remains have been found under the sea here, proving legends to be correct. About 30 km from the main city of Dwarka lies Beyt Dwarka, the town where Krishna’s kingdom and his family residence once existed. The court is the same where Dwarkadhish Krishna met his childhood friend Sudama and from where, much later, Mira Bai would merge away from the material world. The island also houses a Hanuman Temple, famed for being the site where Lord Hanuman battled his own son, Makaradhwaja.
    To reach
    Beyt Dwarka, you would first need to go till Okha Jetty Port and then take a lovely ferry ride to the island. It is advisable to start early in the day, say around 7am, and keep the whole day for truly exploring this island’s many charms, including it’s serene and secluded beach.

With an epiphany at every turn you take, this trip to Dwarka is sure going to take you to newer levels of spiritual awareness. Let divinity wash over your soul and give you the peace you’ve always been looking for.

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