Pilgrim Place


Places abound in natural beauty, pilgrim places of national importance, memorable historic sites, myriad of handicrafts of Gujarat are a constant attraction for tourists within and outside the country. It is needless to say that more tourists should be attracted and brought to the land with longest coastline in Gujarat. These centers of State heritage should be preserved.

To promote religion tourism the State has set up Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board. What else can convey the State's earnestness other than the fact that the Chief Minister himself heads the board. The idea is to establish an aura of harmony and spirituality around these abodes of Gods.

In the first phase, six pilgrim places have  been selected. The objective is their all round development. The places are : Somnath, Dwarka, Girnar, Dakor, Ambaji and Palitana. 

Pilgrim Place Dwarka

Dwarka has a special importance as one of the major Hindu pilgrim place, known as the capital of Lord Krishna's Kingdom. 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 wonderful. The great poet Premanand has in his "Sudama Charit" described its splendid beauty and majesty.

Sacred Land

Dwarka is mentioned as Golden City in Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, Skand Purana, Vishnu Purana and also in Harivansh and Mahabharat. Legendary Krishna's kingdom means Dwarka. Since the place has historical links with the Lord Krishna, devotes take pilgrimage to Dwarka. It is one of the seven ancient cities of India.

Dwarka's construction in Mythology

Interesting descriptions about its construction are found in puranas. "Fearing attack from Jarasangh and Kaalayvan on Mathura, Shri Krishna and Yadavas left Mathura and arrived at the coast of Saurashtra. They decided to build their capital in the coastal region and invoke the Vishwakarma the deity of construction. However, Vishwakarma says that the task can be completed only if Samudradev, the Lord of the sea provided some land. Shri Krishna worshipped Samudradev, who was pleased and gave them land measuring 12 yojans and the Lord vishwakarma build Dwarka, a "city in gold". This beautiful city was also known as Dwaramati, Dwarawati and Kushsthali.

Another story says that at the time of the death of Shri Krishna, who was hit by the arrow of a hunter near Somnath at Bhalka Tirth, Dwarka disappeared in the sea. State's Archaeology department is at present excavating the Dwarka and ancient ruins are being found.

The present Dwarka like its ancient form was on the coast of Arabian sea opposite the coast of Arabian sea opposite the Gulf of Kutch. Nearby Okha Port is a major and it is also well known as entry to Western India.

Splendid Dwarkadhish Temple

The splendid temple known as Dwarkadhish - Jagat Mandir is more than 2500 years old. The five story temple has 60 pillars with exquisite carvings. Temple's beautiful carvings and architecture captivate tourists. It has three parts : place of worship, prakashgar (Nijmandir) and Sabhagrih and the topmost part, the shikhar. There is no arch in the temple and the stair is also built from one stone. On the ceiling of the main hall a tiny carved stone is ornamentally fixed. Jharokas have apsaras and elephants carved on them. It's conical shaped shikhar is 172 ft. high.. There is a grand mandap in the center of the temple. One can enjoy the natural beauty of the place through jharokas of the temple is surrounded by a number of small temple. In the Garbhgruh (sanctum) one meter high idol of Lord Dwarkadhish, is placed, looking like four armed deity Vishnu in black stone. The temple is on the bank of river Gomti at a height of 40 feet.

Near by Attractions

Bet Dwarka :
It is at a distance of 32 kms. from Dwarka in the sea. It can be reached by boat or steam launch.
It is also called Bet Shankhodar. In this island known as Ramandwip, Lord Krishna stayed with his family. It is also called mool Dwarka. (Original Dwarka)
Nageshwar Mahadev :
About 12 kms. from Dwarka is the temple of Nageshwar Mahadev and it is one of the 12 Jyotir lingas in the country. Gopitalav, another religious place, is also nearby.
Rukmani Mandir :
The 1600 year old temple is about 12 kms. from Dwarka Rukmani was the wife of the Lord Krishna.
Shardapith :
The pith set up by the Jagatguru Adi Shankaracharya is also near Dwarka. This is an important center of learning for the students and scholars of Indian culture and Archaeology.
Dwarka is well connected with different places in the country. It is 150 kms. from the Jamnagar airport. One can reach here by train or by bus. It is 453 kms. from Ahmedabad, 217 kms. from Rajkot and 137 kms. from Jamnagar. One can stay in the State Tourism Corporation's accommodation - Toran tourist bungalow besides a number of private hotels, inns, dining halls and  Government Guest house too. District Panchayat has also its guest house. Moreover, Gujarat Tourism Corporation Ltd. provides more facilities for lodging and touring.
Okha :
Okha is a Bet, near Dwarka that makes pleasant outing.
Nageshwar Mahadev and Gopi Talav Tirth :
This is two other site of religious significance near Dwarka. Nageshwar Thirth is 17 kms. And Gopi talav is 23 kms from Dwarka.
Porbandar :
Porbandar is situated at south of Dwarka, on the western coast.It is old sea port associated with the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.There is Kirti Mandir memorial where is a little room, where the Gandhiji was born, there is a library, a spinning hall, a children’s naurdery school and a prayer hall.There is a pleasant beach. Its ancient activities –trade with Arabia, Africa and Persia have given way to a thriving industries of cement and chemical industries.
How to get there :
Air : Bombay airlines connect with Porbandar
Rail : On the Western Railway with direct connections with Ahmedabad.
Road : Porbandar is 145 kms. from Rajkot. State transport and Private Buses connects with various centers of Gujarat.

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