Temples in Dwarka for a Holy Pilgrimage

Temples in Dwarka

Located on the western tip of the Saurashtra peninsula in Gujarat, Dwarka is an ancient city of India. Known as Devbhoomi Dwarka, Dwarka boasts of being the only city that is a part of both Char Dham (Read More) (four principal holy places) and also Sapta Puris (seven sacred cities) mentioned in the Hindu religion. Dwarka was a part of the ancient kingdom of Krishna and Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, is also located in Dwarka.

Here is the list of 8 Temples in Dwarka for a Holy Pilgrimage

1. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka
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Dwarkadhish Temple also known as the Jagat Mandir, is a Chalukya styled architecture, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The town of Dwarka has its history dated back to the Kingdom of Dwarka in Mahabharata. The five-storied main shrines is grand and marvellous in itself constructed of limestone and sand. The 2200-year-old architecture is believed to be built by Vajranabha, who constructed it over the land reclaimed from the sea by Lord Krishna.

2. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Dwarka

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Dwarka
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One of the 12 famous self-existent temples, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple too houses a curious myth about its origin. The giant, beautiful and artistic statue of Lord Shiva mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal. The temple is the hub of festivities on the eve of Shivratri when devotees turn up in enormous numbers.

3. Rukmani Temple, Dwarka

Rukmani Temple, Dwarka
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A small structure is an important shrine dedicated to Krishna's beloved consort, Rukmani Devi. Not as majestically gigantic, this shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself. The rich paintings on the walls depicting Rukmini and Krishna as old as the 12th century, the intricate carvings on the walls leave the beholder spell bound.

4. Gita Temple, Dwarka

Gita Temple, Dwarka
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Built by the industrialist family of Birla in 1970, it is constructed using white marble resulting in a magnificent and awe inspiring structure. The temple was made to capture and preserve the teachings and values of the Bhagavad Gita, the religious book of the Hindus. The walls of the temple have quotations from the Gita engraved in it. Accommodation for pilgrims is available within the temple premises.

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5. ISKCON Dwarka, Dwarka

ISKCON Dwarka, Dwarka

Engaged in creating Krishna Consciousness and propagating the teachings of Bhagwad Geeta, ISKCON'Dwarka'is a non-profit organisation and a major centre of Vedic Culture and Education. The centre was established by HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj and ever since has played an important role in continuously helping devotees build their spiritual connection and live a fuller life through their programs.?

6. Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Dwarka

Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Dwarka

Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient temple, some 5000 years old, which was built around a self-manifested Shivaling found in the Arabian Sea. The temple gets submerged in the sea every year during monsoons, which devotees believe to be nature's way of performing the religious process of Abhishekam. For the rest of the year, the temple is visited often for its divine vibe and the scenic beauty of the attraction.?

7. Samudra Narayan Temple

Samudra Narayan Temple

Dedicated to Goddess Gomti, the Samudra Narayan temple is located at the confluence of River Gomti and the Arabian Sea, Dwarka, Gujarat. The temple has shrines of various Gods and Goddesses like Lord Varuna, Samudra Deva, Mira Bai and Mother Asta Bhavani. The temple sanctuary also comprises 5 wells collectively called Panchanada Teertha, containing sweet water. The temple provides one of the most scenic and calming views, especially in the evenings with the cool winds and light waves hitting the temple walls. A sight that has attracted thousands of tourists from all around the world. This is a must-visit temple of Dwarka, a place which was once the home of Lord Krishna.

8. Gayatri Shaktipeeth

Gayatri Shaktipeeth

Located on Ratneshwar Road, Dwarka - the Gayatri Shaktipeeth is dedicated to the Maa Gayatri. It holds great importance for Hindus because of its mythological beliefs. The temple is of great importance for the Gayatri Family during the Dham yatra. The Shaktipeeth annually organizes an Annukat, which is an offering to the God of various vegetarian dishes as a mark of gratitude.

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