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Trip to dwarka

Dwarka, according to the Indian mythology, it was the kingdom of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Though he was born in Mathura, Uttar  pradesh, India. In Sanskrit the meaning of Dwarka is ‘Gateway of Heaven’. In Purana, the other names of the Dwarka were Mokshapuri, Dwarkamati and Dwarkavati. Dwarka could be the oldest civilization of human being. It is situated on the bank of Gomati river at Okha, Gujarat, The western shore of India.  

Interesting Facts:-

Dwarkadhish temple is supported by 72 pillars. The height of the temple is 80 meters. The north door is called Moksha Dwar – ‘ The door of salvation ‘. In south, the Gomati river door is called Swarg Dwar- ‘Gateway to Heaven’. The flag of this temple is changed five times in a day. Total 52 smaller flags are attached to it which indicate 52 Yadava sub castes. Janmastami, the birth day of Lord Krishna is the biggest festival celebrated in Dwarka. Rukmini vivah, the marriage of Lord krishna and Rukmini is also celebrated here, also Holi in March. The opening timing of the temple is from morning 6 o’clock to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9.30 pm in the  evening.

   

Mythological History:-

Dwarka is having its own vast thrilling mythical tales which will give you goosebumps. Indians believe that it was the first capital of Gujarat. Dwarka was mentioned in the great Indian Epic called Mahabharata and  also in  Hindu sacred book Gita and Vishnu Purana. It is one of the four Dhams or Hindu sacred pilgrimages of India (other three dhams are Badrinath, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram). This also comes in one of the seven ancient religious site in India (The other six are Mathura, Ayodha, Banaras, Haridwar, Ujjain and  Kanchipuram).

According to the Mythology, Lord Krishna was the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Dwarka is also the place where Lord Vishnu  finished the great demon Shankhasura. Lord Krishna slayed Kansa, his uncle and the cruel king of Mathura. Jarasandha, the father in law of kansa got very angry with him and attacked Mathura 17 times to take revenge. Lord Krishna thought that he couldn’t withstand to another attack as he lost many men in those previous wars. AS a result he decided to shift his kingdom to Kusasthali or Dwarka with his Yadava clan. 

He then asked Lord Vishwakarma(The God Of Engineering) to set up a great kingdom for him. But Vishwakarma told him that he needed some land from Samudradeva (The God of sea). Then Lord Krishna prayed to Samudradeva. Pleased God gave him the 12 Yojana land And  surprisingly Lord Vishwakarma built the city only within 3 days. As he constructed the city with gold, silver and precious jewels, it was called then ‘Suvarna Dwarka’ or ‘Golden Dwarka’. 

   

 Lord Krishna used to rule the Dwarka from Bet Dwarka. Accidentally he was killed by a poisoned arrow under a tree. After the departure of his soul, Samudradeva took the Whole Dwarka back. Archaeological Department found the debris of this city under the sea which somehow proves the existence of  Dwarka once. By the way it is said that the new Dwarka temple was constructed by the grandson of Lord Krishna , Vajranabha to pay tribute.

Journey Begins:-

It was a soft sun kissed winter morning. I started my journey at 6.30 in the morning though it’s always difficult to wake up so early. But I had to cause I had 3 destinations in my mind to cover in a same day. First, to visit Dwarka then Bet Dwarka and at last Nageshwar. Although in this blog I only covered Dwarka. Last night I hired a swift Dezire. Driver picked me up on time from Jamnagar, Gujarat. Then took the national highway and hopefully it was free of traffic. The average speed was almost 80 km/hr. I had my breakfast at 8 o’clock. 

Atlast reached Dwarka at 9.30. It was almost 140 kms and took almost 3 hours by road but by train from Jamngar it takes almost 2.30 hours. Usually the car parking is outside of this above gate but fortunately i was  able to go inside otherwise it would be long walk. 

Then after a few minutes of walk saw the entrance of the temple.

 

Caution! you are not allowed to carry any electronic devices like mobile, laptop, camera etc. So you need to deposit the devices to the above luggage room. So I did. But don’t forget to take the receipt copy.

 

the Queue generally starts from here but fortunately I got no queue up to the  main entrance of the the temple where you will be thoroughly checked by the security personnel as it is a high security zone. As camera is not allowed inside the temple, I couldn’t show you the inside pics. After entering the temple I got a long slow moving queue to watch the black marble deity of Lord Krishna. There also various small temples of Radha and Krishna. I found all the devotees  sitting everywhere and chanting bhajans. Some people was roaming around at the second and third  floor of the temple. I thought it will be a great experience for me to be there. but unfortunately the security man closed the door. Ha ha! I tried to convince him but it didn’t work. Then I noticed that a man standing top of the temple and changing the flag. It is changed 5 times in a day.  

Nope! Its not like the leaning tower of Pisa, Italy. It is me who is behind it. Ha Ha! But you can notice that both flags are different. Whatever I came out from the temple after one hour and proceed to see the Sudama bridge and Gomati river. 

 

 

While proceeding to the Sudama bridge you can buy these kinda stuffs. By the way Sudama was childhood friend of Lord Krishna.

 
Sudama bridge Dwarka
Sudama bridge Dwarka

The Sudama bridge is constructed above the Gomati river. This is quite a beautiful bridge. You take some awesome pics or even selfie here. I don’t think that I need to write much as Photographs say everything. Isn’t it? 

 
bathing ghat of Dwarka

You can see the bathing ghat from Sudama bridge

On the bank of the Gomati river there is a quite good sitting arrangement made by the govt. From where you can see the Dwarka temple too.

Here are some rides you can avail here like camel riding or dessert car riding.

 

 

I took 45 mints here to see all these staffs, but you can take more. You should always keep it in your mind that Bet Dwarka will be closed at 12.30 pm. So I had to leave. Then again I started my voyage for Bet Dwarka. I am wrapping up  the blog with a Lord Krishna’s sayings – 

“A MAN IS MADE BY HIS BELIEF. AS HE BELIEVES, SO HE BECOMES “

Time table of Dwarkadhish temple

Hope you have enjoyed a lot. I have tried my level best to visualize every inch of Dwarka. If you want to know anything more, please feel free to ask me or if you have any suggestion then comment too. My next blog will be on Bet Dwarka and Nageshwar. Till then good bye.                                                                                                                  

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