Places to visit @ Dwarka
A trip to Somnath is never complete with a trip to Dwarka, it’s because of the proximity from Somnath its only 4 hours journey by road and one has train every day plying between Dwarka and Somnath in the night from Somnath.
It owes its name to the word ‘dwar’ which alludes to entryway. Among the Holy Places in Dwarka, a name to figure with is that of Dwarkadhish Temple. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka, India is the primary sanctuary/temple of this place is devoted to Lord Krishna.
We had been to Dwarka during the new year, we had travelled from Somnath by road it takes four to five hours with stop at Mool Dwarka, which comes on the way. We reached Dwarka and at stayed at Hotel SHREE DARSHAN, DWARKA, please click Here on the review about the hotel.
Mool Dwarka is very pleasant place and you will find lot of interesting stuff i.e. step well, lot temples inside the premises and also a very old Shivalinga called Neelkanth Mahadev. Lord Krishna first to this place came after defeating Kaalyavan and Jarasandha. So, this place is called MOOL DWARKA.
Normally any devotee travelling to Dwarka, will have two options i.e. 8.00 to 2.30 and 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm to see around the places in Dwarka. This is majorly because of the Bety Dwarka which situated on an island has stipulated timings to visit the shrine, we have to take ride on a ferry to reach their and come back.
Places to visit @ Dwarka:
1. Dwarkadhish Temple: The temple is a sanctuary dedicated to Lord Krishna who is revered here by the name Dwarkadhish or ‘Ruler of Dwarka”‘. The fundamental place of worship of the five-storied building, is built on 72 pillars, which are very intricately and nicely carved and is also known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir and is dated back to around 2500 years old. Here you will discover all types of gods from Lord Shiva to Lord Ganapati, Jagadamba Mata, Lord Dattatreya and you will find the Sri Adi Shankaracharya Peeta i.e. Sharda Peeta where you can find the details of Sri Adi Shankaracharya visit here and established the Peeta here in Dwarka. There are temples dedicated to Satyabhama, Jambuvanti, and so on separated from Rukmini. The Dwarkadhish Temple is Pushti Marg Temple subsequently it takes after the rules and ceremonies made by Shri Vallabacharya. This whole temple is protected monument by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
The Deity of Lord Krishna is around 2 to 2 ½ feet tall and made of black shiny stone. The temple has a flag which is hoisted every day and people can take part in the process. We were present at the time and we witnessed the hoisting of the flag.
The entrance to the temple is from the north also known as the Moksha Dwaar while *towards the south is the Swarg Dwar from where a series of steps leads down to the banks of river Gomti. Where one can find the sudama setu its pleasant walk over the bridge where Laxmi Narayan temple is present. There’s entry fee for the sudama sethu. There’s is market lane near the Sudama Sethu entrance, it full of souvenirs shops, gift articles shops and eateries bustling with devotees.
2. Rukmini Temple: Rukmini sanctuary is situated around two kms from Dwarka where we took the trip on the next day. The legend says that Rukmini and Krishna were cursed by a muni so that they cannot stay together for almost 7 years and the city of Dwarka will face water shortage as sign dis respect towards him. So, Rukmini Devi had to stay in an isolated place away from the palace and the water used to be bought from far of place and till date the water is bought and the devotees donated money for the water. This shrine also is very old shrine almost dating back to the same age as the Dwarkadhish abode. One things no one Dwarka calls the lord as Krishna but call him as Dwarkadish. This shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself.
3. Beyt Dwarka: Its island of the coast of okha roughly 30 kms, we have to take a ferry ride to get to the island, and the best part of the trip is the seagulls we can throw biscuits and they catch without the biscuits falling into the water and they are in the air all the time it really great, one should try out. A pack of biscuits is only Rs 10/-.
Dhwarkadhish Temple and Shri Keshavraiji Temple are major temples of Krishna. Hanuman Dandi and Vaishnav Mahaprabhu Bethak are also pilgrimage places. Sidi Bawa Peer Dargah, Haji Kirmai Dargah and Gurdwara are also situated here. A small temple of Abhaya mata which is situated south side of this island. Source Wikipedia
4. Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple: One of the 12 famous Jyotirlinga Temple, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga is one of them, its well-maintained temple and welcome surprise I happen to see two Jyotirlingas in single trip. Even the thought of that was overwhelming, the way the whole temple priests behave was major put off. They do not allow one to touch or even go near the deity/linga without giving money and the amount of money is just said and one has to cough it up. It very heartening to see such scenes.
5. Gopi Talav: This place is supposed to be a playground for Shri Krishna and his gopikas 😊 , but not maintained properly. We did not go this place for want of time as we were travelling to Porbandar to catch a train, to catch a train back to Mumbai… 😊
Note: One take carbide around the island where they have fixed tours like from morning and then in the afternoon as mentioned earlier. It costs around Rs 2500/- for around 4 to 5 places in and around Dwarka. They are buses too taking you around for a cost of RS 100 per head/seat. But they start very early i.e. 7.00 am sharp. So we preferred the cab as its more convenient and we had our dad a diabetic patient so we had to adhere to timings of the food.