The Dwarkadhish temple is also known as the Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir. The spire of this temple is about 170 feet high. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Krishna, who is worshiped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka’. The temple is located at Dwarka, Gujarat, India. It is also one of Char Dham of Hindu Pilgrimage. Another Dwarkadhish Temple is in Bet Dwarka.
Bet Dwarka or Shankhodhar is an inhabited island at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch situated 3 km off the coast of Okha, Gujarat, India. The island measured northwest to southeast in 13 km long with an average east-west width of 4 km. It is a strip of sand and stone situated 30 km north of the town of Dwarka.
The Temple is 2,000 – 2,200 years old. The temple was enlarged in the 15th- 16th century. The Dwarkadhish Temple follows the guidelines and rituals created by Vallabhacharya and Vitheleshnath Because The Temple is a Pushtimarg temple.
As is tradition, the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha. The original structure was destroyed by Mahmud Begada in 1472 and Later rebuilt in the 15th-16th century.
The temple became part of the Char Dham pilgrimage considered sacred by Hindus in India. Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th-century Hindu theologian and philosopher visited the shrine. The other three being comprising of Rameswaram, Badrinath, and Puri. Dwarakadheesh is the 98th Divya Desam of Vishnu on the subcontinent. it was rebuilt by Raja Jagat Singh Rathore.
Dwarka is 145 Km away from Jamnagar. The sacred town of Dwarka. One of the main centers of the Krishna legend sits on the westernmost tip of the Gujarat peninsula, a sentinel overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka History
Dwarka has special importance as one of the major Hindu pilgrim places, known as the capital of Lord Krishna’s Kingdom. and mentioned in the Mahabharat epic as the Dwaraka Kingdom. Temple is situated on the banks of river Gomti, the town is described in legend as the capital of Krishna. Dwarka is one of the four most important pilgrim places. It is also an important historical monument. The architecture of the old Dwarka of Shri Krishna is majestic and very wonderful.
The greatest poet Premanand has in his “Sudama Charit” described its splendid beauty and majesty. Dwarka is mentioned as the Golden City in Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Skand Purana, and Vishnu Purana and also in Harivansh and Mahabharat.
Legendary Krishna’s kingdom means Dwarka. Since the place has many historical links with Lord Krishna, devotees take a pilgrimage to Dwarka. It is one of the seven ancient cities of India. Dwarka is an important pilgrimage center. Then it is steeped in legends, being associated with the life of Lord Krishna.
In Puranic times, present-day Dwarka was known as the Kushasthali or Dwaravati and enjoyed pride of place as the most important spot on the Saurashtra coast. Then it is said that Lord Krishna, after slaying Kansa, left his abode at Mathura and traveled with the entire Yadava community to the coast of Saurashtra where he founded a town and named it Swarnadwarika.
The Vajranabh, Lord Krishna’s successor and great-grandson, is believed to have built the present Temple of the Dwarkanath, also called as Trilok Sundar. Many Hindus fervently believe that the temple was erected in one night by a supernatural agency, under Vajranabhs direction.
The Legend has it that when dying, Lord Krishna asked his devotees to leave Swarnadwarika so that the sea could engulf it. After that until this day, Lord Krishna’s city lies buried under the sea. Excavations have revealed that the sea swallowed five settlements, the present-day Dwarka being the sixth in line.
The current temple in Chaulukya style was constructed in the 15-16th century. The temple covers area of 27-metre by 21-metre with an east–west length of 29-meter and north–south width of 23 meters. The tallest peak of the temple is 51.8 m high.
Who Built Dwarkadhish Temple and When?
The Temple approximately is 5244 years old. It was built by Vajranabh grandson of Sri Krishna. This is where the Hari Griha or the home of the Hari or Krishna once stood, making this land holy.
The current structure is an amalgamation of parts that spread over a few centuries from 8th to 18th CE. The conservation work is still on.
Architecture & Deity
The giant or the Bhavya temple stands with 72 pillars of about 78 meters or 256 feet making it as tall as a 25-story modern-day building. The temple has an assembly hall or audience hall. There are two important entrances to the temple, one is the main entry door which is called the Moksha Dwar, and the exit door which is known as the Swarga Dwar.
On top of it is 25 ft long flagstaff and it is a very large flag with symbols of Sun and Moon is hoisted on it. This flag is changed four times a day with a new one and Hindus pay a huge sum of money to hoist it by purchasing a new flag. The towering Shikhara is built in a Nagara Style replicating a mountain peak. Dwarka is one of the 7 ancient cities or Sapta-Puris of India. The seven cities being Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Avantika, Kanchipuram and Dwarka.
The main deity deified in the sanctum is Dwarkadeesh which is known as the Trivikrama form of Vishnu and is depicted with four arms. On the chamber to the left of the main altar is the deity of Balarama (elder brother of Krishna). The chamber to the right houses the images of Pradyumna and Aniruddha, son and grandson of Krishna. In several shrines surrounding the central shrine, there are images of goddess Radha, Rukmini, Jambavati, Satyabhama, Lakshmi, Devaki (Krishna’s mother), Madhav Raoji, Rukmini, Jugal Swaroop (the name for Krishna), Lakshmi Narayana.
Janmashtami – the day Krishna was born on the Krishna Ashtami 8th day of the 8th month of the Indian calendar as the 8th Avatar is the biggest festival celebrated here.
An interesting festival celebrated here is the Rukmini Vivah or the wedding of Krishna and Rukmini on (Tulsi Vivah)Ekadashi of Chaitra month that typically falls in March.
Other festivals – Holi, Basant Panchami, Ram Navami, Akshay Tritiya, Deepawali, Sharad Purnima, Dhanteras and the new year.
Dwarkadhish temple timings
|06:30 am to 08:00 am||Mangla Darshan|
|09:00 am to 09:30 am||Shringar Darshan|
|09:45 am to 10:15 am||Shringar Darshan|
|10:30 am to 10:45 am||Shringar Arti|
|11:20 am to 12:00 pm||Darshan|
|12:20 pm to 01:00 pm||Darshan|
|5:00 pm||First Darshan Uthappan|
|05:45 pm to 07:15 pm||Darshan|
|07:30 pm to 07:45 pm||Sandhya Arti|
|08:10 pm to 08:30 pm||Darshan|
|08:35 pm to 09:00 pm||Darshan|
|09:20 pm to 09:30 pm||Darshan|
Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka Arti, Bhog and Pooja Timing(Darshan Closed)
|Arti, Bhog, and Pooja Timing||
Arti, Bhog and Pooja
|06:30 am||Mangla Arti|
|08:00 am to 09:00 am||Abhishek Pooja [Snan Vidhi]|
|09:30 am to 09:45 am||Snanbhog|
|10:15 am to 10:30 am||Shringarbhog|
|11:05 am to 11:20 am||Gwal Bhog|
|12:00 pm to 12:20 pm||Rajbhog|
Arti, Bhog and Pooja Timing
Arti, Bhog and Pooja
|05:30 pm to 05:45 pm||Uthappan Bhog|
|07:15 pm to 07:30 pm||Sandhya Bhog|
|08:00 pm to 08:10 pm||Shayanbhog|
|08:30 pm to 08:35 pm||Shayan Arti|
|09:00 pm to 09:20 pm||Bantabhog and Shayan|
dwarkadhish temple live darshan today
Temple is open on every day.