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Dvaraka (Dwaraka) is a town on the shore of Indian ocean where Lord Krishna lived in aisvarya-lila with His queens. Original Dvaraka is said to be under the sea, because it sink under the water after Lord Krishna's departure...

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Dvaraka is Lord Krishna's capitol, where He lived 100 years after His departure from Mathura.

The Deity of Dvarakadish is the Deity of Trivikram associated with a lot of opulence, achievements and fame.

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Gomati-ghat in Dvaraka (post card).

3 x bigger picture in new window Dvaraka is one of the sapta-puris „seven holy towns” (Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Kasi, Ujjin, Kancipuram and Dvaraka) and one of the four dhamas „holy places” (Ramesvaram, Puri, Badrinath a Dvaraka).
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Gomati-ghat

Dvaraka is situated on the shore of Arabic sea and was built on four or five former towns. Archeological findings tells that in 15-th century there was big port, since 250 kg archer was found here. On this picture is a ghat leading into Gomati river.

3 x bigger picture in new window Dvarakadish temple is in the center of the city. It was built in 16-th century. It is 78 m high with five floors and it was build on 72 pillars. The original temple was said to be build by Krishna's grandson Vajranabha on the place were Krishna had His residence (hari-griha).
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The shrine of the temple is at least 2500 years old.

3 x bigger picture in new window 111 years old sadhu.
3 x bigger picture in new window Sankaracarya's Math in Dvaraka (Sankara is incarnation of Siva, who came to preach impersonal philosophy to drive away Buddhism before the advent of Lord Caitanya).
3 x bigger picture in new window Deities in the Samudra-Narayana temple.
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3 x bigger picture in new window Dvaraka is nowadays town with 30 000 inhabitants. It has pleasant climate: summers are not so hot and winters are mild.
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3 x bigger picture in new window Bet Dvaraka is island 30 km north of Dvaraka in Arabic sea. To get there by boat takes 20 minutes from nearest town (Okha).
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Bet Dvaraka is said to be the last remaining piece of land from the original town which sink into the sea after Krishna's departure.

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There is also Dvarakadish temple and Dauji Deity of Balaram.

3 x bigger picture in new window The main Dvarakadish Deity.
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Bet Dvaraka (island) is the place where brahmana Sudama (Krishna's friend from gurukula) came to visit the Lord.

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Temple of Rukminidevi on the mainland is 1,5 km from Dvaraka city. It is a small, but architectonicly unique temple from 12-th century.

Rukminidevi is the foremost of 16 108 Krishna's wifes.

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Durvasa once invited Krishna and Rukmini for diner. According to etiquette the guest should not eat or drink before host doesn't offer anything, but Rukmini was very thirsty and asked the Lord for help. Krishna stamped His feet on the ground and Ganges waters appeared for Rukmini to drink. But Durvasa saw Her drinking and cursed Her to live separately from Her husband. That is why Her temple is outside of City and Krishna's palace is in the center of Dvaraka.

Rukminidevi Deity in temple.

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Deity of Laksmi-Narayan and Garuda in Cakrananda-tirtha in Dvaraka. In lower right corner is Dvaraka-sila.

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Prabhas Patan (Balka tirtha)
After the departure of Yadu dynasty Lord Krishna went to place known as Prabhasa-ksetra near Dvaraka to depart from this world.

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It is said that under this tree Lord Krishna sat shortly before His departure from this world.

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On the altar Krishna is lying (His white heel is visible under flowers) with hunter Jara (on the left side) who stroked Him to His heel. Jara is offering prayers to the Lord.

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Surroundings of the place of Krishna's departure.

English texts, selection of images, design:
Tattva-darsi das
Most texts are based on the information from Jada Bharata's book Holy Places of India,
which contains many additional information useful for travelers. It can be found on:
www.spiritualguides.net

Photographs from his travels:
Radha-raman das

 


Published:
July 2001
 
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PRADIP CHATTERJEE
2011-11-22

Magnificient photo with drescription which is helpfull for all who is interested to know about Shri Krishna.
I llike very much and will expected to reached there
before march 2012 after geting permission from my lord Sri Krishna. Regards


naval kumar
2010-08-13

i love lord krishna


sridhar
2010-04-08

By the grace of lord krishna am planning to have a darshan of this place on may5th. i shall write my experience once i visit this holy place.NAMO NARAYANA.


Kallol Misra
2009-08-24

After Lord Krishnas departure Mahaprobhoo Sri Sri Krishna Chaitanya Deb Born at Nodia In the oam of Shachimata and spreaded the Mahamantra "Love" to all the creature of the world. If we all the mankind follow the principle of Sri Chaitanya there would never be any hitch and unpeace.


Nannuri Naveen Reddy
2009-06-15

love lord krishna


Anusha krishna
2009-01-22

I want see that place at least the end of my life.The site is really marvellous...........i am divot y of krishna bhagavan.


neeraj singh bohra
2008-11-05

we cant tell the feeling which appears our mind when we visit dwarkadheesh and dwaraka......our roots are there ........what we r listining right from our childhood when we see all these from our eyes we becomes thoughtless .....


nayak.MK police Acadmey
2008-08-27

what is Tsunami cycle? i e every 100 years or thounand years ?


nayak.MK police Acadmey
2008-08-27

some more details about dvaraka submerged dvaraka


Mohan
2008-08-25

Thank you very much for sharing
May the lord bless...

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