Dwarka


Dwarka (Dwarika) is one of the four dhams, as well as one of the seven Puris. Located on the west coast of Gujarat, this tirth is famed all over Bharat. Shri Krishna Bhagwan founded this city to settle the 560 million Yadavs. They lived in palaces with gold plated pinnacles, of great height. In the shastras Dwarka is also known as Dwaravati and Kushsthali. The original ancient Dwarka was submerged on the seventh day after Shri Krishna left his mortal body.

The main mandir is of Ranchhodraiji (or Dwarkadhish) on the ghat of river Gomti. Since the river merges into the sea here, the place is also called Sangam tirth or Gomti tirth. There are steps inside the mandir which lead up to the shikhar. Because of its great height the mandir is also known as Jagat mandir.

 

 

Other mandirs here are of: Trikamji, Kalyanraiji (Pradyumna), Lakshmiji, Govardhannathji and Durvasa Muni. Others are named after Shri Krishna’s queens. There is also the pond, Damodarkund, and a well, Savitrikuva, and slightly further on is Gopitalav, whose clay is known as Gopichandan.
In the Shikshapatri, Bhagwan Swaminarayan has advocated pilgrimage to Dwarka.

Nearby there is another important tirth, Bet Dwarka. ‘Bet’ means island. Pilrims are taken by boat for darshan of Ranchhodraiji’s mandir in a fort. There are other mandirs here too, including the Shankhnarayan mandir. Since the island is shaped like a shankh (conch), the place is also known as Shankhodwar tirth.
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