Dwarka Dwarkadheesh Temple Yatra

Lord Krishna Dwarka Temple

Dwarka (Dvarka, Dwaraka, and Dvaraka) is a holy city in the Gujarat famous for Dwarkadheesh Temple. The Dwarka temple is one of the holiest Hindu Char Dham (four divine sites) sites comprising Rameswaram, Badrinath, Puri and Dwarka.

Dwarka History and Legend

The town of Dwarka in Gujarat has a history that dates back centuries, and is mentioned in the Mahabharat as the Dwaraka Kingdom. Situated on the banks of river Gomti, the city’s legend for being the capital of Lord Krishna. The ancient city was submerged by raging sea waters 8 times, but the remains do still exist.

Location of Dwarka
Dwarka Temple is located on the confluence of Gomati River and the Gulf of Kutchh between 22’ & 22.28’ N latitude and 68.59’ E longitude, Dwarka is Lord Krishna’s town.

Dwarkadheesh Temple

Dwarakadheesh Temple, Dwarka

The Dwarakadheesh temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka’. It is located at Dwarka, Gujarat, which is believed to have been built after the historic Dwarka city, the Kingdom of Krishna himself which submerged in to the ocean after the Mahabharata war.

The main shrine of the 5-storied building, supported by 72 pillars, is known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir, and is believed to be 2500 years old. The Dwarkadhish Temple is Pushti Marg Temple hence it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Shree Vallabacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji.

Dwarka Temple Specialties

  • The flag atop the temple shows the sun and moon.
  • The flag is changed from 5 times a day, but the symbol remains the same.
  • The pristine condition of the temple and an important discovery in its surrounding has led to the nomination of UNESCO world cultural heritage site status to the temple.
  • There are two styles of building a temple, Dwarkadhish temple is built in Shaiv style whereas Bet-Dwarka temple is built in Vaishnav style

Salient Features of Dwarkadheesh Temple

  • The temple is a five-storey structure built on seventy-two pillars.
  • The temple spire is 78.3m high.
  • The temple is constructed of limestone which is still in pristine condition.
  • The temple shows intricate sculptural detailing done by successions of dynasties that ruled the region. The structure was not expanded much by these works.
  • Lord Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha, is said to have built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the hari-griha (Lord Krishna’s residential place).
  • The sanctum of the temple is formed by the Jagat Mandir, or Nija Mandir, dating back at least 2500 years.
  • The Jagat Mandir has a tall tower and a hall of audience.
  • There are two entrances to the temple. The main entrance (north entrance) is called “Moksha Dwara” (Door to Salvation). This entrance takes one to the main market. The south entrance is called “Swarga Dwara” (Gate to Heaven).
  • Outside this doorway are 56 steps that leads to the Gomati River.

Dwarka Temple Darshan, Sevas and Festivals Guide

There are many Darshan and Sevas for Lord Dwaraknath. The dress is changed accordingly. The Darshans follow the Pushti Marg Vaishnava scriptures established by Shree Vallabhacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji. Dwarkadhish temple is a Pushti Marg Temple.

The Darshan are: Mangala, Shringar, Gval, Rajbhoj, Uthapan, Bhog, Sandhya Aarati, Shayan


Morning 6.30 to Afternoon 13.00
and Evening 5.00 to 9.30


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