The city of Dwarka is located in the Saurashtra region of the Indian state of Gujarat. The city was founded by Lord Krishna approximately many centuries ago. Dwarka is also called Devbhoomi Dwarka.
Dwarka is often considered to be the first capital of Gujarat, Krishna’s ancient kingdom, Dwarka Kingdom. Many sentiments of the devotees of Lord Krishna are connected with the temple situated on the banks of the holy river Gomti.
Dwarka is considered to be the first capital of Gujarat which means gateway. Dwarka is also known by different names throughout its history as “Mokshapuri”, “Dwarkamati”, and “Dwarkawati”. it is mentioned in the Mahabharata.
It is believed that when Lord Krishna killed his uncle(mama-Kansa) in Mathura, after that he came to this city and settled here. The myth about Krishna’s migration from Mathura to Dwarka is closely associated with Gujarat’s culture. The Yadavas who migrated from Mathura established a city called Kaushthali. During this period the city was rebuilt and renamed Dwarka.
When Krishna decided to retreat from Mathura after a fight with Samrat Jarasandha, then people prompted Krishna to settle in Dwarka.
It is also believed that at that time this town was made of all gold, it is believed to have been sunk into the sea. Many people call this town the city of gold and refer to Lord Krishna as the king of the city of gold(In Gujarati – ” Sona ni Nagari no Raja”).
Temple Of DwarkaDhish
Dwarkadhish Temple is located in the city of Dwarka which is also called Jagat Temple. This temple belongs to the Hindu Lord Shri Krishna whom people address by such names as Dwarkadhish, King of Dwarka, Muralidhar, Rajadhiraja, etc…it’s one of the temples of Char Dham. The temple was expanded in the 15th or 16th century. The west-facing temple stands at an average elevation of 12.19 meters (40.0 feet) above sea level.
Places near Dwarka
Rukmani Devi Temple
About 2 km away from the Dwarkadhish temple is the temple of Krishna’s wife Rukmini. History is also connected with that temple. There is a belief among the people that unless you visit the Rukshmani temple, even those who visit the Jagat temple are considered incomplete. Sage Durvasa cursed Goddess Rukmini whose story is associated with this temple.
Mahadev’s Temple, a short distance from Dwarka, popularly known as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, has a 5-meter high idol of Lord Shiva, it is the main attraction for the people.
There are still many places that motivated the desire to go to Dwarka. Such as Sudama Bridge, Dwarka Beach, Bat Dwarka, Gopi Lake, Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple, and many more.