Dwarka is a famous pilgrimage site of Hindus situated at the western part of Kathiawar peninsula. According to Hindu mythology, the city was strongly associated with Lord Krishna. According to legend, Lord Krishna flees from Mathura and step up his capital here. Here are some places to visit in Dwarka, India for a cultural experience.
Places to Visit in Dwarka
The main temple of the region is Dwarkanath in honor of Lord Krishna with 60 columns supporting the tall five storied building. There used to be 5 cities here which are now submerged under water. The most famous Janmashtami Festival commemorates at this temple with complete enthusiasm. Devotees from all over the country come to worship Lord Krishna on this auspicious occasion. The fest generally takes place in August or September.
One can also visit the lighthouse which is one of the best places to visit in Dwarka to enjoy the panoramic view of the surroundings. Tourists love to enjoy the ferry ride from Okha to the Island of Bet. The island is famous for its modern temples.
The Gita Mandir is a marvellous temple located in the western part of the city. The temple’s main purpose is to spread the principles of the sacred book, Bhagavad Gita. The temple is completely made of marbles. It was built by the Birlas in 1970. The walls and ceilings of the temple are full of carvings of hymns of Bhagavad Gita. Every word spoken out inside the temple echoes a lot which gives a strange feeling to the visitors. Another important temple is the Dwarakadheesh temple.
Beaches & Markets
Other places to visit in Dwarka besides the holy temples are the relaxing beaches. The charming beaches make one forget all his tensions and is the best place to take a break from the busy city life. The city is famous for its beautiful Gujarati artifacts which tourists can buy from the nearby markets.
Dwarka is well connected to all the major cities via a dense network of roads. The railway station in Dwarka connects to various cities like Jamnagar, Mumbai, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and several more. Tourists can visit this place throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is during celebration of Janmashtami.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka
The 2,500 years old temple of Dwarkadhish, also known as Jagat Mandir, is built on the north bank of the Gomti Creek in Dwarka, Gujarat.
Said to be constructed by Vajranabh, the great-grandson of the Lord Krishna, the temple is made of limestone and sand. Sixty columns support the roof of the audience hall of the Jagat Mandir. The main temple is five-story high with the lavish carving of 157 feet high conical spire. In the sanctum sanctorum, the one-meter tall, four handed black idol of Dwarakadheesh resides in its full glory. The temple has two doors; the north door is the Moksha Dwara and the south one, Swarga Dwara leads to Gomti River. Apart from Lord Krishna, there are a number of other deities also, gracing the Dwarkadhish Temple.
One of the important Moksh Dhams of India, thousands of pilgrims throng at Dwarkadheesh Temple each year in their quest of the Nirvana. So be sure to put the temple as one of your places to visit in Dwarka.
Beyt Dwarka, Dwarka
In addition of being famous pilgrimage destination, Dwarka surprises nature and beach lovers with its spectacular stretch of beaches. The Beyt Dwarka Beach is one such beach, located about 30 kilometres from Dwarka and 148 kilometres away from Jamnagar.
The Beyt Dwarka Beach’s name came from Bet Island, famous for its white coloured sand and its beautiful coral reefs. The Island is also rich in marine organisms. During the low tides it is common to encounter the amazing sight of dolphins leaping out in the distant sea. Porpoise, sea turtles, octopus, starfish, sea urchins are some of the other inhabitants of these islands. A variety of water birds add to the charm of the beach apart from some migratory birds which flock to island every year.
With some temples of its beach Beyt Dwarka is a perfect mix of spirituality, nature and fauna, pleasantly surprising travellers for what it has to offer.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Dwarka
Situated in the outskirts of Dwaraka, Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India.
According to Shiv Purana, Shiva started to reside in this temple in the form of Jyotirlinga after killing the demon by name Daruka thus signifying the removal of evil from the face of the earth. This holy site can be visited as a part of your Nageshwar Dwarka Somnath Jyotirling Yatra which will guarantee an extremely spiritual experience.
The Shivalinga in this temple is unique as it faces towards the south and the Gomugam is on the east. According to a legend, people threw a devotee by the name Namdev out of the temple when he refused to move from the front of Shiva Idol. To their astonishment of other devotees, The Linga faced South with the Gomugam facing east from then.
On the eve of Shivaratri, the temple witnesses huge turnout of devotees which transform the entire temple complex into a melange of festivities. The imposing giant statue of Lord Shiva inspires awe as well as devotion.
Gomti Ghat, Dwarka
At the rear of Dwarkadhish temple, flows the sacred Gomti River, on the banks of which, there are many revered temples, where pilgrims have been offering prayers since ages. Apart from a Shiva temple there are also shrines of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Sudama around the Ghat.
Among places to visit in Dwarka, there is a place with five wells called Panchanand Tirtha which is believed to be built by the Pandava. A temple of Sangam Narayan or Samudranarayan is also nearby. Next to Samudranarayan is Chakratirtha, a place of rocks with chakras. According to legend is the place where Lord Vishnu cleaned his Sudarshana Chakra after destroying demons, hence the place got its name as Chakratirtha. It is a holy bathing centre to purify the soul.
You’ll see devotees feeding fish here as a way to get wealth and prosperity. You can hire a boat to move across the river for a panoramic view of Dwarka.