Shree Dwarkadhish Temple
Shri Dwarkadhish temple in Dwarka, Gujarat is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is known as Dwarkadhish here. One of the most important religious destinations in India, Shri Dwarkadhish temple is one of the four Chardhams along with Badrinath, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram. Dwarka Beyt and Dwarka are where Lord Krishna established a kingdom for the Yadavas of Mathura.
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About Shree Dwarkadhish Temple
06.30 AM to 01.00 PM || 5:00 PM to 9:40 PM
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Shree Dwarkadhish Temple Puja and Darshan Timings
|Abhishek Pooja [Snan Vidhi]||08:00 am to 09:00 am|
|Darshan Closed||09:00 am to 09:30 am|
|Shringar Darshan||09:30 am to 09:45 am|
|Snanbhog : Darshan Closed||09:45 am to 10:15 am|
|Shringar Darshan||10:15 am to 10:30 am|
|Shringar Artid||11:05 am to 11:20 am|
|Gwal Bhog: Darshan Closed||11:20 am to 12:00 pm|
|Darshan||12:00 pm to 12:20 pm|
|Rajbhog: Darshan Closed||12:20 pm to 01:00 pm|
|First Darshan||05:30 pm to 05:45 pm|
|Uthappan Bhog: Darshan Closed||05:45 pm to 07:15 pm|
|Darshan||07:15 pm to 07:30 pm|
|Sandhya Bhog: Darshan Closed||07:30 pm to 07:45 pm|
History of Dwarkadhish Temple
The story and history of Dwarka and Dwarkadhish temple begin just after the Mahabharata war ended. Sri Krishna is the eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu and was living in Mathura – Vrindavan in those days. Lord Krishna’s kingdom was repeatedly attacked by Jarasandha, the powerful king of Magadha. When Jarasandha attacked for the 18th time, Lord Krishna decided to leave Mathura and establish a kingdom elsewhere. He asked Garuda (the legendary bird and the mount of Lord Vishnu) to select a site. As a result, Dwarka Beyt was chosen. Sri Krishna requested the Divine architect and builder – Vishwakarma Ji to construct the city. Sri Krishna prayed to Samudra Devta (Lord of the Seas), who gave 12 yojanas of land to build the city. The city was duly built and this is where Sri Krishna stayed for the rest of his life on Earth. The city of Dwarka and Dwarka Beyt are mentioned in a number of texts including the Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Harivamsha, Skanda Purana, and Vishnu Purana.
Recent archeological findings indicate it was a huge city with innumerable palaces, lakes, gardens, public buildings, temples and residential areas. These findings pre-date any other known ancient civilisations. The city submerged with sea when Sri Krishna left for His eternal abode – ‘Neejdham’ or Vaikunth.
The original temple was built by Sri Krishna’s great-grandson – Vajranabhji. The temple on the present site has been in existence for over 2000 years according to archeological evidence from the sanctum.The temple was destroyed by Sultan Mohammed Begada in 1472. However it was rebuilt and enlarged in the early 16th century CE, giving it the semblance of what we see today. The temple is a five storied sandstone structure built on 72 pillars. The Shikhara rises to 78 metres (256 feet). Atop the Shikhara is a huge flag, 15 metres in length with symbols of the sun and the moon on it. These symbols indicate that Sri Krishna will be here till the sun and moon exist. There are two main entrances known as Moksha Dwar and Swarga Dwar. The idol of Dwarkadhish is the Trivikram form of Lord Vishnu with four arms. There are various other deities enshrined here such as Balarama, Devki Mata, Radha, Lakshmi Narayana and Sita Maa.
The temple is also the location of Dwarka Peeth, founded by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This structure is four storied, representing the four Sharda Peeths established by Shankaracharya across India. This temple is also known as Jagat Mandir.
Importance of Shri Dwarkadhish Temple
The importance of Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka and Dwarkadhish cannot be described in words. A Sharda Peeth has been established here by Adi Shankaracharya and it is one of the Char Dhams. Meerabai, a great saint and staunch devotee of Sri Krishna is said to have merged with the idol here. Sri Krishna Himself has promised to be here till the sun and moon exist.
Best time to visit Shri Dwarkadhish Temple
The best time to visit Dwarkadhish temple is from October to March.
How to reach Dwarka
Dwarka is well connected to major cities in Gujarat and India by rail and road. The nearest airport is Jamnagar Airport, 130 km distant.
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