Dwarkanath Temple


About Dwarkanath Temple



Dwarkanath Temple, nestled in the holy city of Dwarka, lies on the coast of river Gomti. Considered to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Shri Krishna, Dwarka is also home to a number of religious spots and temples.

It is said that the original temple was built by Lord Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha, who built it on top of the Lord's abode, Hari Griha. Since studies show that that the temple was built more than 2500 years ago, it became a part of the much revered Char Dham after Adj Guru Shankaracharya visited the site in the 8th century. A memorial set inside the temple recalls this visit.

During 1241 A.D, the temple was under attack by Mohammad Shah and some parts were destroyed in the process. The shrines dedicated to five Brahmins who fought to save the temple are enclosed within the vicinity. Though, the temple has been a reason for concern due to the innumerable attacks, there has never been much damage. The last attempted attack on the temple was in 1965 by the Pakistani Navy.

The Pushtimarg temple follows the Vaishnavik rules and guidelines by Swami Vallabhacharya with the main deity being Lord Krishna.

The limestone structure rises five storeys and is supported by 72 pillars with two entrances to the shrine. The southern gate or Swarga Dwar leads down steps to the holy Gomti river while the northern gate is called the Moksha Dwar or the Gate to Salvation which is accessible from the main market. Dynasties ruling the state have left their marks and symbols in the form of sculptures and carvings within the temple.

There exists a flag atop the temple which is made up of 52 yards of cloth and 52 smaller flags joined together. Carrying the symbol of the Sun and the Moon, the various colours symbolise the positives in life.

Location

The Dwarkanath temple is situated on the Gomti creek in the city of Dwarka.

How to Reach

To reach Dwarka by air, the nearest airport is at Jamnagar, which is at a distance of about 131 kms. There are various domestic flights which connect the city to other parts of the state as well as other connecting cities. The Mumbai International airport connects all the major flights from all parts of India to Jamnagar.

The railway station of Dwarka lies on the Western railway network and the Dwarka railway station is at a very short distance of about 1.5 kms. Having the advantage of lying on the Western railway network, the city is well connected with Mumbai, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad and other major metro cities in India. There are various Express trains which run on a daily basis. A few passenger trains are also available which connect the cities within.

The state highway connects Dwarka with major cities within the state as well with other parts of the country, with a good road network.

Best time to Visit

Dwarka experiences pleasant climate throughout the year, so you can plan your trip accordingly. The summer season has a moderate temperature ranging from 20 degrees to a maximum of 40 degrees.

The monsoon season starts from July onwards till September. The city gets good amount of rainfall. Sometimes accompanied with less rains the weather becomes humid and sticky. You can also experience the beauty of lush greenery all around at this particular time.

The best time to visit the city is during the months of October to February. The day temperature is very pleasant with bright sun, giving its warmth in the cold. The nights are very chilly.

Sources: Tourism websites
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Last Updated on : September 30, 2011