Bet Dwarka is an extremely sacred pilgrimage destination which is believed to have been the original home of Lord Krishna during his years spent in a Dwarka as a king.
So, the land is located off the coast of Dwarka on the Gulf of Kutch. The other name for the Bet Dwarka is Bet Shankhodara. Bet Dwarka is believed to have been the actual residential place of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at the Dwarka.
Then it is said the lord resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. So that the place derived its name from the ‘bet’ or ‘gift’ that Lord Krishna received at this place from his friend Sudama.
In our ancient epic, ‘Mahabharata’ we often come across the reference of the Bet Dwarka known by the name of ‘Antardvipa’ to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. The island is also differently referred to as Shankhodhar.
The reason is that it is dotted with a huge number and different varieties of conch shells. The Explorations and excavations carried out under the sea revealed the presence of certain settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule.
The inscription of Simhaditya dated 574AD also makes a mention of Dwarka. Bet Dwarka has always stirred the curiosity of archaeologists probably because of the mythical claim that points out that this place actually had been Lord Krishna’s original house in the yesteryears.
Then it is also believed that a major part of the bet Dwarka land is now drowned into the sea due to continual coastal erosion. Then after archaeologists have carried out several explorations on the island and into the sea around the island so as to find some clue to the efficacy of these claims.
How to reach Bet Dwarka?
In order to reach the Bet Dwarka, you have to reach Dwarka first. You have to fly to Jamnagar airport located at a distance of only 45kms from Dwarka and then take a cab to reach Dwarka. Dwarka is well connected to all major cities of Gujarat and even some of the neighboring states through several National and state highways.
The Regular public and private buses ply on these roads to make you reach Dwarka easily. If you want to avail of the rail route, then you could reach Dwarka easily from any other part of the country through well-developed express train networks. And also several local trains run regularly between Dwarka and all other major stations of Gujarat.
Then after you have reached Dwarka, take a cab or a bus from the Dwarka bus depot to make you reach Okha. The Okha jetty is about 30kms away from the main Dwarka city. From the Okha jetty, you can be ferried by boat to the Bet Dwarka Island. And then this journey by boat takes you only 15minutes and you are charged Rs 10/ to 50/- per head.
Best Time To Visit Bet Dwarka
Then the most suitable time to visit Bet Dwarka is between months October and March. So, this is the time when the region experiences winters. Winters at the Bet Dwarka are not severe; instead, the weather remains pleasant enough and thus travel-worthy.
The Average temperatures during winters hover around 20-degree centigrade to 28-degree centigrade and are very much bearable. Then summers and monsoons need to be avoided as the summer months; i.e. in April to June are intolerably hot with average temperatures hovering around 40-degree centigrade while the monsoons; I .e.in July to August are uncomfortably humid resulting in profuse perspiration.
|Morning Timing||Evening Timing|
|9.00 AM -1.00 PM||3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM|
The temple is open for all days
Places of Worship in Bet Dwarka
The main places to worship at Bet Dwarka are-
Sri Keshavrai Ji Temple
This is a lord Krishna temple at Bet Dwarka. The temple is said to stand over the exact residence of Lord Krishna at Bet Dwarka and the original idol at the temple is said to have been established by Lord Krishna’s wife, Devi Rukmani. The idol has a striking resemblance to the idol at Dwarkadheesh temple. The only difference is that in this temple the idol holds the shankha or conch in an oblique position. The key offering made at this temple is that of ‘rice’ and this is, of course, a reminiscence of the legendary tale that tells how Sudama; the friend of Lord Krishna had brought him ‘rice’ as a gift.
Abhaya Mata Temple
This is a small shrine located on the southernmost corner of the Bet Dwarka Island and it belongs to the deity goddess, Abhaya Mata.
Hanuman Dandi temple of Bet Dwarka enshrines idols of Lord Hanuman and that of Makardhwaja; Hanuman’s son. According to myths, a drop of sweat from Hanuman Ji’s body was gulped by a fish who later delivered a son known by the name of Makardhwaja.
Jay Shree Krishna……………………………….