The best places to visit in Gujarat are:
- Dwarkadhish Temple
- Somnath Temple
- Bet Dwarka
- Nageshwar Jyotirlinga
- Rukmini Dwarka
- Gopi Talav
- Kirti Mandir
- Gir National Park
Here are some of the best places to visit in Gujarat
Dwarkadhish Temple is the most famous temple in Gujarat. Situated in the Dwarka, Gujarat, it is also known as ‘Jagat Mandir’. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is worshipped as the ‘King of Dwarka’, Dwarkadhish in this temple. This temple is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage tours. Dwarakadhish Temple is the 98th Divya Desam of Vishnu, mentioned in the Divya Prabandha sacred texts.
The significance of Dwarkadhish temple is that Dwarka is one of the Sapta Puris in India. According to popular belief, the Dwarkadhish Temple stands over the original place of Hari–Graha, the home of Krishna. Various festivals are held at the Dwarkadhish Temple. some of them are Janmashtami, Akshaya Tritiya, Holi, Rath Yatra, Tulsi Vivah etc. Dwarkadhish Temple is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.
Pilgrims who visit the Dwarkadhish Temple also visits the Somnath Temple that is situated in Gujarat. Somnath Temple is considered to be the first Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. ‘Soma’ means ‘The Moon God’ and Somnath means ‘Lord of Soma’.
This temple is known to have ‘Eternal Shrine’. It was destroyed for almost 16 times by invaders but was always rebuilt and never lost its beauty. The present temple has the Chalukya style architecture and the skills of Sompura Salats. This shrine is one of the oldest and most visited pilgrimage sites in India. It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.
Bet Dwarka is an island in the Arabian Sea coast of Dwarka. The name ‘Bet Dwarka’ comes from the words ‘Bhet’ which means’ gift’. The name comes from when Sudama, a friend of the Lord gave him a gift or Bhet. Also, ‘Bhet’ in the local language means ‘Island’. It is situated 3kms off the Okha cost in Gujarat. Mentions of Bet Dwarka could be found in Mahabharata and Skanda Purana.
It is the place where Lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. This place has the main Dwarkadish deity which was made by Queen Rukmini. It is believed that Meera Bai merged in this deity and disappeared from the material world. On this island, Vishnu killed the demon Shankhasura.
The island presents a wonderful scenery being surrounded on all sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is believed that several more Dwarakas existed there but all of them had submerged under the Sea. It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.
Also known as Nagnath Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is located in Saurashtra, Gujarat. It is situated in between Gomti Dwarka and Bait Dwarka Island. The Jyotirlinga is in an underground sanctum. The major attraction of this temple is a 25-meter tall statue of Lord Shiva in a large garden with a pond surrounding the statue.
Rukmini Mandir is located on the outskirts of the city. It is situated 2kms away from Dwarka. Lord Krishan along with his wife, Rukmini, once went to Sage Durvasa. They wanted to invite him for dinner at Dwarka. On the way, Rukmini became thirsty and thus Lord Krishna drew a spring of the holy Ganga water. Sage Durvasa felt insulted that they did not ask for his permission and had water. He thus, cursed Rukmini that she would always live separately from his husband.
Rukmini Mandir thus marks the spot where she stood when she was cursed. The Mandir is a richly carved temple. It is decorated with sculptures of gods and goddesses. The sanctum houses the main image of Rukmini.
Situated in Surat, Gujarat, Gopi Talav is a beautiful tourist destination. It is considered to be a place of religious importance. This place is connected to the pranks and romance of Lord Krishna’s youth. When he was young, he used to play with many Gopis. However, when he moved to Dwarka, the Gopis could not the separation. They, therefore, came to visit him. In the night of Sharad Purnima, they united with Krishna in Gopi Talav. When they realised that they can not be with Krishna, they offered their lives in the soil. One believes that they turned into yellow clay. This is why the soil of Gopi Talav is yellow in colour.
Kirti Mandir is a temple built to respect Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. It is located in city of Porbandar, Gujarat. Just adjacent to the Kirti Mandir is the ancestral house of Mahatma Gandhi. Visitors can enter Gandhi’s ancestral hues through the Kirti Mandir. The temple was built in 1944 to mark the release of Mahatma Gandhi. The centre of the Mandir houses two life-sized paintings of the Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi. Near their feet, the words ‘The Truth’ and ‘Non-violence’, symbolizes Gandhi’s life and preaching.
Gir National Park
Gir National Park is a wildlife sanctuary which was established to protect Asiatic Lions. This place is also called Sasan Gir. This place is situated 43kms away from Somnath. It is part of the Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion. In Gir National Park, you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. In Gir national park you will not only find rare Asiatic Lions, but also other wild animals and uncommon birds like hyenas, Gir foxes, brown fish owl, pygmy woodpecker, and blackbuck etc. Gir National Park is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.
Diu is a coastal town that connects itself to Gujarat through a bridge. Diu is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea. It is about 11kms long and 3kms wide. Diu is a beautiful island. It is decorated with excellent golden beaches and whitewashed churches. It also has a bazaar, colourful Lisboa streets. Additionally, it is blessed with a gorgeous climate. Gujarati, Hindi, Portuguese and English are the main languages that are spoken in Diu. It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat. Diu is visited by many tourists every year.
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