Dwarka is an ancient city and municipality of Devbhoomi Dwarka district in the north-western India of Gujarat state. It situated on the west bank of the Okhamandal peninsula on the right bank of Gomti River. Its population was 38,873 in 2011. Dwarka is one of the most sacred Chardham, one of the four holy Hindu pilgrimages, and one of the seven most ancient religious towns in the country is one of Sapta Puri. Dwarka often identified with the old Empire of Krishna Dwaraka Empire, and it believed that it is the first capital of Gujarat.
The name of the city means “entrance to heaven” in Sanskrit as the door means “gate” and the reference to “Brahma” Dwarka is also known as “Mokshpuri,” “Dwarkamati” and “Dwarkavati” throughout its history. It mentioned in the ancient prehistoric epic period of Mahabharata. According to legend, after defeating and killing his uncle Kansa in Mathura, Krishna settled here. This legendary account of migration from Mathura to Dwarka of Krishna is closely related to the culture of Gujarat. It said that Krishna had reclaimed 12 schemes or 96 square kilometers (37 square miles) of land from sea to make Dwarka.
Dwarka on the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch, on the west bank of the Okhamandal peninsula, it is on the right bank of the Gomti river, that is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) east of Bhavda village on the site called Mul-Gomti. It is now facing the Arabian Sea under the newly formed district of Devbhumi Dwarka on the western edge of Saurashtra (Kathiawar) Peninsula. By the 19th century, the Gomti River was a harbor.
Place of Interest:
- Pilgrims at Rukmani Temple
- A street vendor in Dwarka
- Dwarka Sea Beach
- Scuba Diving
- Sunset at Dwarka
- Lighthouse and lake
- Bet Dwarka
- Rukmini Devi Temple
- Dwarikadhis Temple
Bet Dwarka, is an island in the Arabian Sea on the banks of Dwarka. The original residence of Krishna is believed to be before the development of the Okha port in Dwarka, the son Dwarka was the old port during the ancient times of Krishna. It built here is credited to the religious master Vallabhacharya of “Pushtimarg Sampradaya.” Rice is a traditional offering to deities here because it believed that Sudama gave rice to his childhood friend Krishna. There are small shrines on the island of Dwarka that dedicated to Vishnu, Hanuman, Devi, and Shiva .on this island According to a legend, Vishnu killed the demon Shankasura. In the incarnation of Matsya or fish, there are temples of Vishnu. Other temples here are of Rukmini, Trikkrama, Devaki, Radha, Lakshmi, Satyabhama, Jambwati, Lakshmi Narayan and many other gods.
It is considered a holy city, Dwarka is known as a shrine for its temples and Hindus. Dwarka Temple, also called Jagat Mandir situated in the heart of Dwarka, is the Vaishnava temple. Raja Jagat Singh Rathore built Dwarkadhis temple, so it is called Jagat Mandir. The west facing temple is at an altitude of 12.19 meters (40.0 feet) above sea level. It has speculated that this temple place is 2,500 years old and where Krishna has built his city and a temple. However, the existing temple dated in the 16th century).
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