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.
Myoksha Travels have packages for the Dwarka-Somnath Tour. These holy temples are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. We also customise the packages according to the requirements and comfort of our customers.
The city Dwarka was known as Kushasthali in ancient times. Dwarka means ‘Gate to Liberation’- ‘Dwara’ means door and ‘ka’ means eternal happiness. It is a religious city with great significance. It is believed that Vajranabha, the grandson of Lord Krishna built the original Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka. Dwarakadhish Temple is the 98th Divya Desam of Vishnu, mentioned in the Divya Prabandha sacred texts.
According to Brahmi script, the temple’s first renovation was done around 100 BC. Later, Shri Adi Shankaracharya visited the temple in 800 BC and renovated it. It was after Adi Shankaracharya’s visit to Dwarka, he coined Dwarkadhesh Temple as the Char Dham pilgrimage. The other three holy pilgrimages of the Char Dham Yatra are Puri Jagannath Temple, Badrinath Temple, and Rameshwaram Temple. Together, these are considered as the four divine abodes of India. The current temple was constructed in the 15-16th century. It is of the Chaulukya style.
Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the legends, Lord Krishna killed his uncle Kansa. Jarasandh, Kansa’s father-in-law was furious. He thus invaded Mathura a lot of times. However, he was unsuccessful at all attempts. However, the Yadava clan suffered huge losses. Due to this Lord Krishna decided to move them somewhere else. That is how they came to Dwarka. Lord Vishwakarma built the city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna. Thus, Dwarkadhish Temple is considered as the most famous temple in Gujarat.
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.
Pilgrims who visit the Dwarkadhish Temple also visits the Somnath Temple that is situated in Gujarat. It is the first Jyotirlinga among the 12 holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is called the ‘Shrine eternal’. This is because it was destroyed six times in history but was rebuilt in glory every time. These temples are considered to be the most famous temples in Gujarat.