Dwarkadhish temple, Gujarat

Usha Biswal Rout

21, Oct 2017 @ 05:37 PM
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About: Lord Krishna was the king of Dwarka and hence was also called Dwarkadish. Located at Dwarka, Gujarat has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his beloved wife Rukmini Devi. It is also known as Jagat Mandir. It is found to be about 2200-2000 years old temple whose main shrine is of five-storied building and supported by seventy two pillars. Since the temple is a Pushtimarg, it follows the tradition and rituals given by Valllabhacharya and Vitheleshnath.

Dwarkadhish temple, Gujarat
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Mythology: Hari-Griha which is believed to be Lord Krishna's residential place is the site where the original temple stood built by Vajranabha, Krishna's grandson. In 8th century, Adi Shankarachaya visited this sacred place and since then it has become a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. The mythological story behind this temple is that Sage Dhurvasa once visited Lord Krishna and Rukmini Devi and wished he could go to their palace. Without any second thought, lord Krishna and his wife started walking with him towards their palace with Sage Dhurvasa. On their way, when Rukmini Devi got tired, she expressed it to Krishna. He who was known for his unlimited love n care which he offered his wives immediately dug a mythical pond and called river Ganga to shower her pure water into the pond. Sage Dhurvasa, who witnessed this scene became furious and cursed Rukmini Devi as to freeze wherever she stood. It is believed that the shrine of Rukmini at present in this temple is the actual place where she was cursed by the Sage.

History: The structure which stands now, is built in Chalukya style in 15th-16th century. It covers an area of 27 metre by 21 metre. The peak of the temple is 51.8m high and its spire is 78.3m high. On the spire a flag is fixed which has sun and moon. This is supposed to represent that Krishna would protect us till the sun and moon exists. This beautiful structure is built with limestone which has intricately carved sculptures. It has scripts of mythology carved on its walls. It has two main entrance- the main entrance or the Moksha Dwara which means door to salvation. The other entrance leads to the main market that is the south entrance called Swarga Dwara. It means gate to heaven. Outside this doorway are 56 steps that lead to the river Gomti on whose banks the temple stands.

Krisnajanmastmi is celebrated here with great pomp and show. The different types of aartis are a feast to the eyes to watch. The melodious bajhans and mantras makes this place enchanted. The temple has sea climate, therefore, it can be visited throughout the year.

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