Gujarat Dwarakadheesh Temple
One of the Hindu temples which is devoted to Krishna is the temple of Dwaradheesh.Lord Krishna is worshipped in the temple as Dwarakadhish as well as Ruler of Dwarka.It is located in Dwarka which is a part of Gujarat. It is said that the place was constructed after the empire of Krishna got submerged inside the sea after the battle of Mahabharata. It is a building that possesses five storeys.The chief place of pilgrimage is maintained by 72 columns and is popular by the name of Jagat Mandir .It is also called as Nija Mandir and it is said that the temple was built almost 2,500 years before.Dwarakadhish Temple is also termed as P.Marg temple, consequently it follows the procedures as well as rituals that are formed by Shree Vitheleshnathji along with Shree Vallabacharya.
The temple which exists presently was created during the 16th century C.E. whereas the innovative temple was supposed to be constructed by the grandson of Krishna whose name was Vajranabha in the residential area of Krishna which is called as Hari-griha.It has now became a division of the religious journey which includes Char-Dham and is considered to be the most sanctified among Hindus living all across India. It has been developed in the memory of Adi Shankaracharya who was a reformer as well as theorist of the eighth century and visited the holy place. A memorial that has been constructed inside the temple even today is committed towards his visit. The one hundred eighth Divya Desam that belongs to Lord Vishnu is the Dwarakadheesh which is located in a subcontinent and has been overvalued in the spiritual texts of Divya Prabandha.
Dwarka has been constructed by Bhagwan Krishna approximately 5000 years before. According to the Harivansh which is an afterthought related with the Mahabharata it is said that Dwaraka is located over near the river Gomati.It is also believed that this divine city has been the house of Bhagwan Krishna for relatively 100 years all through his lifetime.It is assumed that Dwaraka got immersed under water after the bhagwan made a come back to the heavenly world.
During the beginning of the eighties, it was revealed by the archaeological division that the complete coastal area of Western side of India submerged by approximately 40 feet during 1500 B.C.The temple existing presently is estimated to be not much older than the era of the Mughals.The engravings that have been done over the walls are related with the fifteenth century. The early temple existed there necessarily which was probably ruined by M.Begada during 1473 A.D.The structure which exists presently would have been constructed during the rule of the Mughal ruler named Akbar.
A temple was constructed at the location during 400 B.C. by the grandson of bhagwan Krishna named as Vajranabhji.Nevertheless the structure existing presently was constructed in the sixteenth century in a distinctive Chalukyan technique of architecture. The good-looking temple has an elevation of 51.8 meters. The temple is also called by the name of Jagat Mandir and possesses two Sikhara. The sikhar having great length is known by the name of Nij shikhar and is the place where the idol of Bhagwan Dwarakadhish has been located. The massive temple comprises of beautifully carved 60 columns along with countless sculptures depicting the power of several dynasties including the Chavdas which means Chavda kingdom who ruled Dwaraka for many years,Guptas as well as Pallavas.
The doorway of this temple has been provided in the North and is popularly known as Moksha Dwaar whereas in the South there exists the Swarg Dwaar.It is the place from where a chain of steps helps in leading down towards the river Gomati. As per the Legends, this temple was created in a day by Vishwakarma who is known to be the bhagwan of creation.The idol of bhagwan Dwarakadhish is created with shimmering black colored stone and its height is approximately 2.25 feet. The lord possesses four hands which carry a mace, lotus, wheel and a conch and is called as 'Shankh-Chakra-Gada-Padma-Chaturbhuj'.It is believed that the god remained hidden for quite a long time in order to defend it from intruders whereas another idol that was carried from the temple of Rukmini was mounted while it was not present. Reinstallation of the innovative idol was done in the sixteenth century after the creation of the novel temple.
How to Get There
The closest airport from Dwaraka is the Jamnagar whereas another alternative for reaching the place through air is the Rajkot. Indian Airlines that are operated by the administration along with other personal Airlines including Jet Airways as well as Air Deccan offer regular facilities in both these areas. Another chief airdrome which is linked through regular flights in comparison to all important cities of India is Ahmadabad.
Dwaraka has an individual railway station that helps in connecting it with other chief cities of India. Trains are available on regular basis from adjoining cities including Rajkot, Jamnagar as well as Ahmadabad. The best method for reaching this location is to get on a train which travels around main cities from where a train can be taken to Dwaraka.
Exceptional arrangements of State as well as National main roads run across the complete Gujarat State associating it with additional cities of India. Interstate and restricted buses help in connecting Dwaraka with towns lying outside as well as in the State.
The municipality of Dwaraka runs a motor vehicle within the vicinity that helps in taking the Pilgrims across diverse locations of spiritual as well as tourist importance. The time at which the bus departs is 8:00 as well as 14:00 everyday whereas the complete time involved in the trip is approximately 5 hours. The prices of the tickets are thirty rupees on behalf of an adult and fifteen rupees for a kid. Booking of the tickets can be done close to the vegetable bazaar which also acts as a beginning position of the tour. Chief destinations that are included in the journey comprises of Gopi Talao, Rukminimata Temple, Bet Dwaraka as well as Nageshwar.
The chief idol of this temple is the Bhagwan Dwarakadhish.It is positioned in the middle altar. The idol symbolizes a form of Vishnu having four arms that is called as Trivikrama.A temple is situated in the right side of the major idol containing the idol of Bhagwan Baladevaji (also known as Balarama) and is the big brother of bhagwan Krishna. The temple situated in the left side of the chief deity comprises of a huge idol of Pradyumna as well as a small idol of Aniruddha.They are actually the child as well as grandchild of Bhagwan Krishna. The shrine that is positioned in the opposite direction of this shrine is the Purusottama (also called as Vishnu).A shrine located adjacent to this holy place is the Kuseswara Mahadeva (also termed as Shiva).
The shrine opposite to Dwarakadhish is devoted to Devaki .She was the female parent of Bhagwan Krishna. A temple devoted to Veni-madhava (also called as Lord Vishnu) is situated adjacent to this holy place. The eastern portion of this holy place that is covered at the back of the chief temple area includes shrines related to Jambavati, Lakshmi, Satyabhama as well as Radhikaji.Shrines of Lakshmi-Narayana along with Saraswati are also available there.
Impotance of this Temple
One of the most sacred Char Dham place (four scared places) is this temple which consists of Dwaraka, Rameswaram, and Puri as well as Badrinath.However, the beginning is not very clear, the Advaita education of Hinduism was built by Sankaracharya who constructed the monastic institutes of Hindus all over India, features the beginning of four spiritual places to the soothsayers. Four different monasteries are located in four places of India and their assistant holy places comprises of Badrinath temple positioned in northern part , Jagannath Temple located in the eastern part, Ramanathaswamy Temple in the southern corner as well as Dwarakadheesh Temple in the western portion.However,ideologically all the holy places are categorized among diverse sects belonging to Hindus which are mainly Saivism as well as Vaishnavism.The religious journey of the four sacred locations is an event of the Hindus. The four abodes located in the Himalayas are known as Small Char dham which consists of Gangotri, Kedarnath, Yamunotri as well as Badrinath and all these are situated in the bottom of the Himalayas. The word Chota was added to the four spiritual destinations in the middle of the 20th century for differentiating the innovative Char Dhams.The trip related with the four prime locations across India is regarded as sanctified by the Hindus who have a desire for visiting such holy places during their lifetime at least once. According to the tradition the trip begins from the east corner of Puri and proceeds forward in clockwise manner for avoiding any issues in the temples of Hindus.
Specialites of the Temple
- The flag at the top of the temple represents moon as well as the sun.
- Changes are made in the flag five times however the mark remains similar.
- The spotless situation of this temple as well as a significant discovery in its adjoining areas helps in the selection of the U.N.E.S.C.O. global educational heritage location position to the sacred place.
- The two methods of creating a temple includes Dwarakadhish temple that was constructed in Shaiv manner while the temple of Bet-Dwaraka was constructed in Vaishnav manner.
Climate and time for Vacation
Dwarka comprises of a moderate and pleasing climate all around the year. But the superlative time of going to Dwarka is in the months beginning from October till June.
- Winters starting from November till February remain cool as well as pleasing and have a highest temperature of 34 Degree Celsius while the minimum temperature is 9 degree Celsius. This time is fit for the activities concerning vacations and pilgrimage.
- Summers beginning from March till June is quite hot along with a fair climate as well as the temperature vary among 20 degree Celsius till 42 degree Celsius. Summers are perfect for all tourism, visiting temples as well as travelling to the close by attractions.
- Monsoons beginning from July till September are escorted by low to average showers which make the environment humid. The temperature during the days is pleasing while the nights are mildly chilly.
The most excellent time for visiting the temple of Dwarakadish is during the months of winter season during October as well as March when the climate is amusing and the temperature vary between 20 and 28°C.
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