Devbhumi Dwarka District is a district of India located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Kutch in the state of Gujarat. It is believed that Lord Krishna arrived here from Braj in Uttar Pradesh to build the city. The temple was established by his grandson. It is at the cusp of the Gomti River and the Arabian Sea, providing a scenic backdrop to the spiritual site. It is said that Dwarka was submerged under the sea six times and what we see now is its seventh avatar. The temple itself has a fascinating legend. The original structure was destroyed by Mahmud Begada in 1472, and subsequently rebuilt in the 15th-16th century.
Origin of Dwarka
Lord Krishna’s uncle, Kansa, was the ruler of Mathura. His stepfather, Jarasandha, influenced him a lot. Additionally, Kansa terrorized and tortured the residents of Mathura. Due to the cruelty to people, Krishna finally killed him. When Kansa died, Jarasandha was furious. Thus, he invaded Mathura on several occasions. However, he failed to annex it. But the Yadava clan suffered huge losses and Lord Krishna decided to move them elsewhere. Moreover, the story of how Krishna formed the city of Dwarka has two versions. One states that Lord Krishna flew on the Garuda and reached the Saurashtra peninsula. However, in the other version, Lord Krishna invoked Vishwakarma (Lord of Construction). He asked him to build a new city. Vishwakarma said that it is possible to build the city if the Samudra Deva (God of the Sea) gives them land. Lord Krishna worshiped the God of the Sea who finally gave him 12 Yojanas of land. Therefore, Vishwakarma built the city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit is between November and February, and during Janmashtami which is celebrated grandly here.
Top Attractions in Devbhumi Dwarka District
- Dwarkadhish Temple: The main temple at Dwarka, situated on Gomti creek, is known as jagat mandir or trilok sundar. Originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago, it is a glorious structure seeming to rise from the waters of the Arabian Sea. Its exquisitely carved shikhar, reaching 43 m high and the huge flag made from 52 yards of cloth, can be seen from as far away as 10 km. The grandeur of the temple is enhanced by the flight of 56 steps leading to the rear side of the edifice on the side of the river Gomti. The temple is built of soft limestone and consists of a sanctum, vestibule and a rectangular hall with porches on three sides. There are two gateways: swarga dwar (gate to the heavens), where pilgrims enter, and moksha dwar (gate to liberation), where pilgrims exit.
- Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The revered site is home to one of the 12 jyotirlingas (self-manifested shivalinga) in India. The red building lies at a short distance from the town. At the end of a large hall is the main sanctum with the shivalinga. Close to the temple is another important spiritual spot called Gopi Talav Tirth, a lake that is connected to the legends of gopis visiting Lord Krishna and eventually offering their lives to merge with the soil here.
- Narara Marine National Park: The Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park is located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Kutch, in the Devbhumi Dwarka District of Gujarat State, India. In 1980, an area of 270 km2 from Okha to Jodiya was declared a marine sanctuary. Later, in 1982, a core area of 110 km2 was declared a Marine National Park under the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 of India.
- Nageshwar Shiva Temple: One of the oldest temples in the country that has also been mentioned in the Shiva Purana, Nageshwar Shiva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas, where the idol of the lord is said to be swayambhu (self-existent). The deity is worshipped in the form of a 25-m-high statue of Lord Shiva in a sitting position. The temple is a scenic spot surrounded by well-kept lush green lawns and boasts a notable architecture.
- Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: Shree Swaminarayan Mandir is one of the beautiful shrines located on the seashore of Dwarka. The place of worship is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, who is believed and worshipped as one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. The best part of this temple is its intricate structural design works that just stands as a testimony to the brilliant craftsmanship of India.
How to Reach
- By Air: Nearest airport is at Jamnagar and Porbandar. From these places by road or by rail can be traveled to Dwarkadheesh Temple.
- By Train: Dwarka city has Dwarka railway station. From the railway station Dwarkadheesh Temple is about 2 km away can be reached by road.
- By Road: NH-947 directly takes to Dwarka city.
- Entry Fees: Free
- Darshan Timings: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM
- Poojas: Abhishek Snan, SHringar Bhog
The timings of the Dwarkadhish Temple are:
|Darshan||6:30 AM||9:30 PM|
|Mangal Aarti||6:30 PM||–|
|Mangal Darshan||7:00 AM||8:00 AM|
|Shringar Aarti||10:30 AM||–|
|Sandhya Aarti||7:30 PM||7:45 PM|
The temple performs the following daily poojas and sevas:
|Uthapan (at 5 PM)|
|Offering of bhogs: Mangal Bhog, Makhan Bhog, Snan Bhog, and Shringar Bhog.|
|Offering sevas: Palna, Shayan Bhog, Paan Seva, Milk Seva, Vegetable Seva, Flower Seva, Fruit Seva and Misri Seva|