Dwarkadhish Temple | Timings, Significance & Festivals

Dwarkadhish Temple, one of the Char Dham travels, is located in Dwarka in Gujarat. Dwarka locates on the banks of the river Gomti in Saurashtra. It had historically considered being the capital of Lord Krishna. Except for the temples, the city eventually sank into the sea. Dwarkadhish Temple timings are from 06:00 AM to 09:30 PM.

Dwarkadhish Temple

The main attraction for tourists visiting Dwarka is the Dwarkadhish Temple (Jagat Mandir), which was established over 2500 years ago by Vajranabh, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna.

Dwarka

The ancient temple has been rebuilt several times, especially leaving impressions of the 16th and 19th centuries. The temple locates on a small hillock with 50 steps, walls with huge sculptures and a sanctum sanctorum with a statue of Lord Krishna.

Significance

Dwarka is one of the Sapta Puri in Significance India. According to popular belief, the Dwarkadhish Temple locates on the original site of Hari – the abode of the planet Krishna. The Mahabharata says that It built the fort of Lord Krishna of gold.

The Pandavas spent their childhood playing there. The temple is also part of the famous Pancha Dwarka tour.

Archaeologists have mined copper coins, boulders, pillars and pottery from underwater excavations in Dwarka.

Therefore, they concluded that there was a well-established city in the 2nd millennium. Also, explorations between 1983 and 1990 show that the city has six sectors. They stretched for a mile from the shore. Offshore research has uncovered evidence of 15th-century stone slabs, ports, and other building materials.

Therefore, it supports the existence of an ancient city in the time of Lord Krishna. Furthermore, the city’s layout mentioned in the ancient manuscripts matches the city excavated by the Marine Archaeology Unit of India.

Dhwajaji

The mast flag above the main temple is unique and sacred. It is Adi Bhootik in nature. The Dhwajaji, or flag, had made of 52 yards of cloth. Fifty-two small flags are woven one by one in each yard of cloth. Each yard represents the entrance to the ancient city of Dwarka.

According to the scriptures, 56 administrators ruled the Dwarka. Four of them are Lord Krishna, Balaram, Pradyuma and Anirudhji.

These four had still worshipped in temples that did not touch the sea. For the remaining 52, however, the flag serves as a memorial—the colours of the flag change every day.

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History

The main history of Dwarkadhish Temple is that according to the Brahmi script, the first reconstruction of the temple took place around 100 BC. Later, in 800 BC, Sri Adi Shankaracharya visited the temple and restored it.

Adishakti established a shrine on the fourth floor of the temple. In 1241, Muhammad Shah attacked and destroyed the temple. Five Brahmins fought with them and died.

So, the shrines near the Dwarkadhish Temple are for them. Local traders and rulers expanded the temple in the 15th – 16th centuries. And in 1965, the Pakistan Navy tried to attack the temple but failed.

Gopi Lake is another interesting legend associated with Dwarka. According to the Puranas, after leaving Mathura, Krishna did not return. The Mathura Gopis came to Dwarka to meet Krishna.

After many rasa leelas with Lord Krishna, they sacrificed their lives to the earth. Hence the name of the lake was “Gopi Talav”.

Story of the origin of Dwarka

Lord Krishna’s uncle Kansu is the ruler of Madurai. His uncle, Jarasandha, influenced him greatly. Also, Kansudu tortured the people of Mathura by terrorizing them. Due to his cruelty to the people, Krishna eventually killed him.

Jarasandhu was furious when Kansu died. So, he invaded Mathura several times. However, he failed to incorporate it. But the Yadava dynasty suffered heavy losses, and Lord Krishna decided to move them elsewhere.

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Furthermore, there are two versions of the story of how Krishna established the city of Dwarka. One states that Lord Krishna travelled on Garuda and reached the Saurashtra peninsula.

However, in the other version, Lord Krishna prayed to Vishwakarma (Lord of Construction). He asked to build a new city. Vishwakarma said it was possible to build a city if the sea god (sea god) gave them land.

Lord Krishna worshipped the God of the sea and gave him 12 plots of land. As a result, Vishwakarma built the city of Dwarka for Lord Krishna.

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Architecture 

It is on five floors and has 72 limestone pillars. Also, it consists of three parts – Prakashgarh (Nijmandir), Sabagra and Shikhar.

The total height of the peak is 157 feet. Furthermore, the temple has two peaks – the real peak and the Ladwa peak. The real peak is five floors.

The main deity is Lord Krishna. The Dwarkadhish Temple has two main entrances – the Moksha Dwar (Pilgrim’s Entrance) and the Swarg Dwar (Gate to Heaven).

Dwarkadhish Temple Timings

Following are the Dwarkadhish temple timings, pooja and darshan timings.

Pooja/Aarti (Morning And Evening Timings)Dwarkadhish Temple Timings
Mangla Arti6:30- 7.00 AM
Mangla Darshan7.00 AM to 8.00 AM
Abhishek Pooja [Snan Vidhi]8.00 AM to 9.00 AM
Shringar Darshan9.00 AM to 9.30 AM
Snanbhog9.30 AM to 9.45 AM
Shringar Darshan9.45 AM to 10.15 AM
Shringarbhog10.15 AM to 10.30 AM
Shringar Arti10.30 AM to 10.45 AM
Gwal Bhog11.05 AM to 11.20 AM
Darshan11.20 AM to 12.00 PM
Rajbhog12.00 PM to 12.20 PM
Darshan12.20 PM to 12.30 PM
Uthappan Bhog5.30 PM to 5.45 PM
Darshan5.45 PM to 7.15 PM
Sandhya Bhog7.15 PM to 7.30 PM
Sandhya Arti7.30 PM to 7.45 PM
Shayanbhog8.00 PM to 8.10 PM
Darshan8.10 PM to 8.30 PM
Shayan Arti8.30 PM to 8.35 PM
Darshan8.35 PM to 9.00 PM
Bantabhog and Shayan9.00 PM to 9.20 PM
Darshan9.20 PM to 9.30 PM
Darshan Mandir Closed9.30 PM

Festivals Celebrated

Some of the festivals celebrated at the Dwarkadhish Temple are:

Janmashtami: 

Krishna’s birthday had celebrated in a very solemn and spiritual manner. The ceremony consists of a series of pujas and rituals.

It starts from Mangala Aarti in the morning till Parna Rome the next day. They also anoint with basil and sandalwood throughout the day.

Annakoot Utsav: 

This festival had celebrated on the first day of the month of Karthika. It involves making and offering a variety of candies to God.

Tulsi Vivah: 

Today Vishnu is married to Tulsi Devi. The festival begins on the 11th day of the month of Kartik. It lasts for four days.

Holi:

Lord Krishna’s favourite festival is the festival of colours.

Akshaya Thruthiya: 

The third day of the month of Vaishakh is popularly known as Akshaya III. Today marks the beginning of summer.

The idol of Lord Krishna had been adorned with flowers and sandalwood instead of the usual attire. The festivities finally end on the 11th. Today is Bhima Ekadashi.

Rath Yatra: 

A replica of Lord Krishna had placed in a chariot on the 2nd day of the month of Ashwadh. The chariot then spins around the city. Today Krishna and Balarama set out for Madurai on a chariot sent by Kansu.

Also, on the same day, Krishna decided to become the driver of Arjuna’s chariot in the Mahabharata.

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Dwarkadhish Darshan Online Booking

Please note that the online booking option is unavailable to visitors, and tickets should only be available at the counter upon arrival. So, let the devotees know they will visit the temple and book the tickets on arrival.

Dwarkadhish Darshan Online registration is not available. For more queries, please visit their official website.

How to reach? 

Here is how to reach Dwarkadhish Temple:

By Air: 

The nearest airport to Jamnagar locates at a distance of 137 km from the temple.

By Road: 

Direct state buses are available from Jamnagar, Gandhinagar, Porbandar, Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

By Train: 

Regular trains are available from major cities like Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kochi.

Address

Shree Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka: 361 335, Dist.: Jamnagar, Gujarat- India.

FAQs

Dwarkadhish temple to Somnath temple distance

  • The distance between Somnath to Dwarka by Road is 233 km.
  • The distance between Somnath to Dwarka by Flight is 211 Kms.
  • Travel Time from Somnath to Dwarka by Road is 5:18 hrs.

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