Hindu Pilgrimage

Dwarka is one of the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and isclosely related tothe life of Lord Krishna. It is said to have been the capital of his empire. It boasts of architectural relics that have been the focus of historians as well as saints who aim to unravel its antiquity.


Steeped in Hindu mythology, Dwarka was known as Kushasthali or Dwaravati and prided itself as the most important spot on the Saurashtra coast. It is said that Krishna, after slaying Kansa fled Mathura and and traveled with the entire Yadava community and founded a town called Swarnadwarika. Vajranabh, Krishna's successor and great grandson, is believed to have built the present Dwarkadhish Temple. It is believed that a dying Krishna asked his devotees to leave Swarnadwarika so that the sea could engulf it and to this day, the city lies below the sea. Excavations have revealed that the sea swallowed five settlements with Dwarka being the sixth.

How to Reach

Jamnagar, 145 kms away, is the nearest airport.
Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line connected to Jamnagar, Rajkot (217 kms) and Ahmedabad (378 kms).
There is regular bus service from Jamnagar, Rajkot and other nearby towns connected to Dwarka.

Sights to Visit

The main attraction here is the Dwarkadhish Temple, also known as Jagat Mandir dating back 2,500 years. The main structure is five-storeys high with a lavishly carved conical spire rising to a height of 157 ft. There are 60 columns supporting the roof of the audience hall of the Temple.

Equally attractive is the ornate Rukmini Temple. Dedicated to Krishna's wife Rukmini, who is laso considered to be a reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi (wealth), the Temple is decorated with carvings and idols.


Janamashtmi: The birth anniversary of Krishna is celebrated in August. Devotional songs fill the air and carry on till midnight till when Krishna was born.

Time to visit

The best time to visit Dwarka is between October and March.

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