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Indian Temples » Dwarkadhish Temple

About Dwarkadhish Temple

Dwarka city is located in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It is one of the most ancient cities in India and houses the famous Dwarkadhish temple, which is one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimage places in India. The city was also called Swarna Dwarka (golden Dwarka) because of its prosperity. It even finds reference in the great Hindu epic of Mahabharata. After Shri Krishna killed his maternal uncle Kansa, his father-in-law was enraged. In order to take revenge of his son-in-law, he attacked Mathura 17 times, along with his friend Kalayavan.

To save the people from the threat of the war, he decided to shift his capital from Mathura to Dwarka, which was basically a piece of a land reclaimed from the sea. The city was designed and constructed by the celestial architect Vishwakarma. It was a planned city and served as the capital city of the Lord till His holy presence on the earth. After he died, the Yaduvansh (Krishna's clan) declined. It is said that the original city built by the Lord submerged in the sea after he departed from the world. Later, one of the grandsons of the Lord constructed the Dwarkadhish Temple.

Dwarkadhish Temple is also known as the Jagad Mandir and it is made from limestone and sand. The spire of the temple is about 170 feet high. The flag on the top of the shrine is the symbol of the majesty of the Lord and is changed three times in a day. Dwarkadhish Temple has five storeys and stands on 60 pillars. It has a unique construction and did not even budge at the time of Tsunami or Earthquake. The temple mainly has two doors, with the entrance door being called the Swarga Dwara and the exit door the Moksha Dwara.

Dwarkadhish Temple is adorned with rich carvings and is an architectural gem. It welcomes the poor and the rich alike. The temple is one of the important Moksh Dhams of India. One can have the splendid view of River Gomati from the temple, as it flows nearby. Apart from Lord Krishna, there are a number of deities present in the Dwarkadhish Temple. The temple holds the same significance for Hindus like Mecca for Muslims. It is thronged by thousands of pilgrims each year, who come here in quest of the eternal peace.

Climate

In India we usually have threee seasons, summer, winter and monsoon. There is a huge variation experienced in the climatic conditions in the different parts of India. In gujarat also the weather varies in different regions. The places near the coast have a humid climate whereas the ones in the interiors experience a completely different climate. The Rann of Kutch region experiences an extreme climate. The summers are extremely hot while the winters are extremely cold. On the other hand, the coastal regions and the eastern belt of Gujarat experience a mild pleasant climate with moderate rainfall during the monsoons.

On an average, the summers are extremely hot and dry in Gujarat. The day temperature is as high as 46°C while at night it is 34 °C. In the winters, the weather is mild, pleasant and dry. The average temperature during day time is 29 °C and 12 °C during the night. The days are usually sunny and the sky is clear. The monsoon season extends from mid June to September. Before the monsoon, the temperatures are soaring high with an increased humidity in the air. The rain provides relief from the scorching heat. The temperature falls down to 38 °C with high humidity, during the day and 27 °C at night.

Transportation

Jamnagar is one of the major cities in Gujarat. It is known for its beautiful buildings and their exquisite architecture. As the city is an important trade center, it is well connected to the rest of the country via various means of transport. A number of corporate big-wigs have established their industries here. Apart from this, Jamnagar also has a lot to offer to the tourists. In order to explore the city you should know how to reach there. Traveling to Jamnagar is convenient, owing to its good connectivity via road, train and plane.

  • Air: Jamnagar is accessible from all the major parts of India and reaching here by air is no problem. Its airport is situated at distance of 10 km from the city. There are daily flights to Mumbai from the Jamnagar airport. Indian airlines, with other private airlines, link the city with other the important cities of the country.
  • Rail: Jamnagar lies on the Western railway network and is connected by regular trains to important cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Kolkata. There are express as well as inter city trains between Jamnagar and Ahmedabad. Apart from this, there are popular trains between Jamnagar and Mumbai, like the Saurashtra Mail and the Saurashtra Express.
  • Bus: Jamnagar has a fairly good network of roads and is even well connected via National and State Highways. There are intra state buses running between Rajkot, Porbander, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat. The State Transport Corporation runs several buses at a regular interval to all the major cities and towns of Gujarat as well as other states of India. There are also private coaches that provide connectivity with all the comfort.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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