The city of Dwarka is one of the parts of Char Dham, which are the four abodes of the Hindu people and believed to be the most sacred places for them. Being situated in the state of Gujarat and once believed to be the state capital, this beautiful city has lots to offer to the pilgrims coming in every day and every year for blessings of Lord Krishna. The city being a part of Char Dham Yatra has various heritage temples and the significant one being Dwarkadhish Temple, where Lord Krishna is worshiped. There is a belief that Lord Krishna chose Dwarka over Mathura as his place of residence, and from then onwards the city became much popular amongst the Hindus and also amongst the other devotees of Lord Krishna.
Dwarka As a Pilgrimage
Dwarka being the part of Char Dham has always been recognized as one of the most popular pilgrimages in India and in nearby countries. The place has to offer a lot in terms of historical heritage and architecture. There are lots of sacred temples for pilgrims to visit every year.
The name of this city is mentioned in most of the holy books like Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Purana, Skanda Purana besidesMahabharata and Haribansha. The importance of this place lies in the fact that the city has been chosen by Lord Krishna as his kingdomâ€™s capital. The city is named as the Golden City in all these above mentioned holy books, and it is indeed, because of its unmatched beauty and majestic architecture. Dwarka is amongst the seven oldest cities which makes the city more attractive to the pilgrims as well for other tourists and visitors.
There are many interesting facts which are found in this city in Indian mythology, especially about the construction of the city. It is believed that the land for the city was provided by Samudradev, whom Lord Krishna worshipped for building his kingdom after leaving Mathura. There are various other names of this city in history that are linked to these mythological stories and they are Dwarawati, Dwaramati, and Kushsthali.
Famous Nearby Areas or Locations
The main pilgrimage spot of Dwarka is the Dwarkadhish Temple which is more than 2500 years old, and has a distinctive and wonderful architectural richness which amaze the tourist whenever they visit. Besides this temple, there are many more tourist attractions in the nearby areas of the city-
- Nageshwar Mahadev: This temple is situated within 12 km of Dwarka city, this temple possesses the 12 linga of Lord Shiva.
- Shardapith: This is a place for learning the culture of India and its archeology. It is built by Adi Shankaracharya who was believed to be the Jagatguru.
- Gopi Talav: It is a holy place(tirtha) which is around 23 km from the city of Dwarka.
- Porbandar: It is one of the oldest ports that India has, and is situated on the western coast of the Dwarka city. The beach is really calm and pleasant, and can be visited when tourists are in Dwarka.
- Bet Dwarka: This place has immense importance, and it is an island where Lord Krishna resided with his family. It is 32 km in the sea, and can be reached by steam launch or boats.