Dilwara – Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple

Name of the Temple

Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple

Period of origin

11th and 13th centuries AD

Name of deity

Moolavar: Mahaveer Swami

Sthalapuranam:

Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings, some experts also consider it architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but every cloud has a silver lining, the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched, The minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing. All this was done at a time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200+ Mtrs in Mount Abu, Huge blocks of marble stones were transported on elephant backs from the Arasoori Hills at Ambaji to this remote hilly region of Mount Abu. Dilwara temples is also a popular Jain pilgrimage attraction.

Dilwara Temple complex consist of five major sections or temples devoted to five jain trithankaras(saints):

Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple – This temple was constructed in 1582 and is devoted to Lord Mahaveer the 24th Tirthankara of Jain’s, this temple is relatively small the temple’s upper walls have pictures of the porch painted by craftsmen of sirohi in year 1764.

Shri AdiNath Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple – This temple is build by Vimal Shah, Minister of Solanika ruler of Gujarat in 1031 A.D., this temple is the oldest of all and dedicated to Shri Adinath Ji – The first jain trithankar, the temple has an open courtyard surrounded by corridors all beautifully decorated with marble carved stones. Cells inside this temple are contain tiny images of Jain saints artistically carved on marble stone minutely. The internal dome is aesthetically decorated with design’s of flowers and petals, the huge hall of the temple pillars decorated with the carving work of female figures playing musical instruments. The temple also have the “Guda Mandapa” – A simple hall decorated with the images of Shri Adi Nath.

Shri ParshavNath Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple – This temple was built by Mandika clan between 1458-59 A.D., this temple has the tallest shrine  along with four big Mandapa’s amongst all dilwara temples. The carving on the pillars of this temple is yet another example of these jain temples architectural superiority

Shri Rishabdaoji Temple or Peethalhar Temple – This temple is known as Pittalhari/Peethalhar temple because in this temple most of the statues are built using ‘Pittal’ (Brass Metal). This temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister from Gujarat dynasty, like other temples of Dilwara this temple is also having Gudu Mandapa and Navchowki.

Shri NemiNathJi Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple – This temple was built in 1230 A.D. by two brothers known as Tejpal and Vastupal, they dedicated this temple to the 22nd saint of Jainism – Shri Nemi Nathji. This temple has one hall named Rag Mandapa which has three hundred and sixty (360) tiny idols of Jain trithankar all minutely crafted on marble proving once again why these jain marble temples of Dilwara are superior to Taj Mahal, Among all these white marble idols the idol of Shri Neminath Ji is made up of black marble.The pillars of this temple were built by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar.

Route:

The Jain Dilwara temple complex is located 2.5 km from the Mount Abu town centre

Temple Timings:

Jains – 6am to 6pm

Non-Jains – 12pm to 6pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-2974-235151

Temple Address:

Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple

Dilwara

Mount Abu

Rajasthan

Koliyak – Sri Nishkalank Mahadev Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Nishkalank Mahadev Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Nishkalank Mahadev

Sthalapuranam:

At Mahabaratha era.  Pandavas killed all the Kuravas and won the battle. Pandavas were grief stricken knowing they acquired sins for killing their own relatives. In order to find redemption for their sins, Pandavas met Lord Krishna. To remove the sins, Krishna hands over a black Flag and a Black COW. He asks the Pandavas to follow it, when both Cow and flag turns white, they all will be pardoned. Krishna also advises them to do penance to lord Shiva, after that. The angst stricken brothers followed the cow wherever it went and carried the flag. They walked for days, to different places and the color did not change. Finally, when they arrived at the Koliyak Beach, both cow and the flag color turned to white. Pandavas were exalted. And all the five brothers sat for deep penance, meditated on lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva impressed by the brothers showed up in lingam form to each brother. As they meditated, each lingam appeared in front of each brother. In total there were five (Swayumbu) lingams that showed up on their own.  Pandavas were delighted to see this and they worshiped all the five lingams with great devotion.  Lord Shiva here is known as Nishkalan Mahadev. ‘Nishkalank’ has many meaning they are clean, pure, guiltless, to cleanse, to purify, etc.  It is said that Pandavas established Nishkalank or Nakalank Mahadev on a Amavasai of the Indian calendar month of Bhadarva. The famous fair popularly known as ‘Bhadarvi’ is held on the no moon night in month of Sharvan (August), as per the Indian calendar. An idol of Lord Shiva was established in an island, over the sea about three km to the east of Koliyak. Each lingam has a Nandhi facing it. The lingams are spread across a square Platform. There is a pond called Pandavas pond and devotees’ first wash their hands and legs and only then they visit the Lord Shivas shrines.

Now the island is under heavy tide.  This is one of the rarest of rare temples. The sea everyday withdraws, paving way for the devotees to offer their prayers. This temple is located in the middle of the sea, and devotees’ young and old alike walk all the way to reach this temple. The water just around the temple pave the way, and this is a rare sight.  And after 7 pm, the temple is again covered under the fierce tide.

Devotees’ throng this temple during Amavasai (no moon day), it is to be noted here that the tides are very active during full moon day and no moon day, yet devotees patiently wait for the tides to retrieve. There is strong belief that when loved ones are cremated their ashes are immersed in these waters and by doing so, one attains salvation or moksha. Besides ash, milk, curds and whole coconut are offered to the lord here. The temple festival is initiated by hoisting the flag by the clans of Maharajas of Bhavnagar. This flag is on for 364 days and is changed only during the next temple festival

Route:

Koliyak is located at a distance of about 23 km to the east of Bhavnagar,people reach out to Lord Shiva’s temple about 1.5 kilometers into the sea on foot. local transportation available to temple from Bhavnagar railway station.

Temple Timings:

One can visit this temple only two times in 24 hours. 6 am to 12 pm preferable.

Temple Address:

Sri Nishkalank Mahadev Temple

Bhavnagar

Koliyak

Gujarat.

Udaipur – Sri Ekling Ji Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ekling Ji Temple

Period of origin

735 A.D

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Ekling Ji

Sthalapuranam:

Once upon a time, Ravana, the king of Lanka, went to Brahmaloka and asked Brahmaji: Please give me Shiva’s such an arrow, by worshiping which, one could attain the fruit of worshiping the twelve Jyotirlingas. Brahma was pleased by the worship of Ravana and he gave him Shiva’s arrow and blessed him by saying “you take this arrow of Shiva. But mind well, not to put it down, except at the place where you actually want to install. If you put it elsewhere, it will be installed at that very place.” Picking that arrow from Brahma, king Ravana proceeded in the direction of Lanka. On the way, coming near the spot Trikuta, in the land of Mewad, he acutely desired to go for routine ritual he stayed at one place . He forgot the blessing of Brahma. So he placed the arrow on the Trikuta Mountain and sat at a distance to make water. As per the blessing of Brahma, the arrow of Shiva got installed on the Trikuta Mountain. After finishing ritual, Ravana came back to pick up the arrow but, he could not succeed. As he tried more and more, the arrow became heavier. Ravana, as a result, started thinking about the reason for this. He thought with cool mind and was reminded of blessing of Brahma. Consequently, he installed that arrow at that very site with due ceremony and performing the necessary rites. He said: “The desire with which, I was wishing to carry and install you in my town; may the similar desire of the king and subjects living in this place, be fulfilled.” And thereafter, naming the arrow of Shiva as Eklingji Mahadev, he went back to Lanka. “O Lord Shiva, please enlighten me why was Ravana carrying away this arrow of Eklingji and what were his desires for that?” asked Pushpadant to Lord Shankara. “By always worshipping and propitiating Eklingji, one can achieve the fruit of worshipping the twelve Jyotirlingas and Panchdevas– was the desire of Ravana. By that fruit the king and the subjects can become followers of Shiva, who are brave, mighty, proud of one’s own faith, pious, and religious minded. This fruit will definitely be available to the kings and the subjects living in Mewad” Shivji made clear the question asked by Pushpadant. The Sage narrated further: My child, I narrated to you the tale of the origin of Eklingji Mahadev. I will tell you now why the arrow of Shree Eklingji has five points. The arrow of Eklingji Mahadev is having the form of Pranav i.e. Omkara. As Pranav has four great statements of the Vedas and Panchdev, equally so the arrow of Eklingji is five-pointed and having the form of Omkara. To recite Pranav and worship it by forming its statue, is equivalent of reciting the name of Eklingji and worshipping the five-pointed arrow. That is the reason why Ravana demanded the arrow of Shankara from Brahma: Akaro Vasudevah Syat, Ukarastu Maheshwarah; Makarah Surya ityuktah, Shaktirnadatmika Mata. Bindurupo Ganeshah Syat, Omkaram Panchdevata. ‘A’ stands forVasudev (i.e. Lord Krishna or Vishnu), ‘U’ stands for Lord Shiva, ‘M’ stands for Lord Surya, the ‘utterance’ stands for Goddess Shakti, and the ‘Dot’ stands for Lord Ganesh – thus the word Omkara has combination of five deities in it. My child, in water, on the earth, everywhere, God is there. Where and in which thing we think of God, there and in that thing the God is present. So he listens to our prayer. There too, Lord Eklingji is present in the form of Pranav, i.e. Omkara itself; a man can attain salvation by concentrating on it. He becomes free from three types of sin, and gets credit in all types of work. You and your generation will be victorious and successful everywhere. O child, do not be bigot (disbeliever) by attaining wealth. Because bigotry (disbelief) leads to fall. You will lose honour from public and lose the kingdom. Until you worship Lord Eklingji with full faith, you will prosper day by day. You will be a sovereign monarch. My child, I wish you happiness all around.

This fourteenth century shrine has been rebuilt, renovated and expanded from time to time. The campus In the Western and southern gate the door frames are silver covered. On one side above the door is Shri Ganesh. The dispeller of all disturbances and on the other side is Shri Kartikeya ji. They hold a chowry in hands. Right towards the east, there is a drainge which joints the indrasrarova, at the extreme end of which is a Gomukha (burgoyle). Eastern gate has stone lattices to laid the fresh air and light in  the west gate of the sanctum sanctorum. Sabha Mandap since the Maharana’s of Mewar are Suryavanshi (of the sun clan), hence above the western gate of the sanctum sanctorum is a sliver made image of Lord Surya. This Image id extremely beautiful and its jutted with  stones. Out of the Sabha Mandap towards the west, there is a big statute of black stone Nandi behind which on a high platform is seated another Nandi made of Asthadhatu (eight Metals).The body of the Nandi is covered with a brass layer. On this very platform the statue of the  king of Mewar Bapa Rawal stands facing the east. This man size statue of Bapa Rawal with joint hands seems to be looking efforts in  void as though, he were praying. This statute was established Maharana Bhagwat Singh , the statute is so constructed that its gaze is fixedon Maharshi Harit who is engraved  the main entrance hall of the Sabha Mandap. Maharshi Harit is Seated on an aerial car. It so appears as though  Bapa Rawal were receiving the blessings of the Safe Harit by paying him obeisance.

The Glorious narrative of Shri Eklingji tells us that Shri Eklingaji has been in existence since Sat yuga. In that age Indra , the King of Goddess Nandini worshiped Eklingaji. In the Treta age, the  Kamdhenu came running to Shri Eklingji as she was afraid of Vishwamitra. She Prayed to Eklingji and the armies of Vishwamitra were defeated to the delight of Guru Vashistha. In the Dwapar age when Janamejaya performed the sacrifice of snakes, the Takshaka serpent was mortally afraid and he came to the shoulder

This Place is spiritual capital of Mewar. Perhaps in the world history, this is a rare example that the ultimate power of rule was vested with the powerful God Shiva. The Maharanas of Udaipur have ruled as a representative of Shri Eklingji. Presently the royal family has established a private trust known as Eklingji trust Shivaratri is the main festival on which thousands of devotees come here for Darshan. During the year every Monday this temlpe is croweded with devotees of Lord Shiva. The main festivals other than Shirvaratri are Pradosh, Makar Sankaranti etc. During the months of Vaishakh & Shravan special manooraths are preformed here.The chief trustee of this trust is Shri Arvind Singh Mewar , the ex-Maharana of Udaipur. In his supervision dozens of officers and workers of the trust are engaged in the management of the temple and its properties. Navratras, both of Chaitra and Ashwin attract multitudes of people here. Throughout the year on every Saturday night and Sunday, the faithful devotees visit the temple for removal of their distress.

This temple was originally built in 735 A.D. by Bapa Raval who was the founder of Mewad dynasty. It was renovated during 1473-1509 A.D. by Maharana Raymal and other monarchs. The temple of Lord Eklingji is constructed over an area of 2500 Sq.Ft. of land. Its height is 65 feet. In the construction of the temple, white marble is utilized. There is a strong wall around the temple, and over and above the main temple, there are other 108 temples.

Route:

Udaipur is connected by National Highway No. 8, the major road link between Mumbai and Delhi. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various regions. Private bus companies also operate in the region during night hours. The State Transport Bus Stand is on City Station Road, NH 8, Udaipur.

Temple Timings:

4.30 am to 7.00 am and 10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

09460324919

Temple Address:

Sri Eklingji Temple,

N.H. 8,

Kailashpuri,

Rajasthan 313202

Ambaji  –  Sri Jai Mata Di Temple

Name of the Temple

Jai Mata Di Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Jai Mata Di

Sthalapuranam:

Ambaji-the Origin of the Supreme Cosmic Power of the Universe is one of the fifty one 51 ancient Shakti Piths Tirth in India. There are 12 main Shakti Pith Tirth, significant places of pilgrimage for the worship of Shakti, namely, Ma Bhagwati Mahakali Maha Shakti at Ujjan, Ma Kamakshi at Kanchi Puram, Mata Bramaramba at Malay Giri, Shri Kumarika at Kanya Kumari, Mataji Ambaji at Anartgujarat Mata Mahalaxmidevi at Kohlapur, Devi Lalita at prayag, Vindhya Vasini at Vindhya, Vishalakshi at Varansi, Mangalavati at Gaya and Sundari Bhavani at Bangal & Guhya Kesari in Nepal.The Great Miracle of this Holy Place is that there is no idol or picture in the Nij Mandir the Temple of Shri Arasuri Mata Ambaji, but a simple cave like Gokh in the inner wall, in which A Gold Plated Holy Shakti Visa Shree Yantra having kurma back convex shape and 51 Bij letters therein, connected with that of the original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths, is also ritually installed in such a way it can be visible for devotion, but never photographed in past nor can be so done in future. The worship of this Visa Shree Yantra is done only after tying a bandage on the eyes.
The famous mountain of Gabbar is situated on the border of States of Gujarat and Rajasthan, near the flow of the origin of the famous Vedic virgin river SARASWATI, on the hills of Arasur in forest , towards south-west side to ancient hills of Arvalli, at the altitude of about 480 meters, at about 1,600 feet (490 m) high from sea level, having at 8.33 km² (5 sq. miles area ) area as a whole, and it is in fact One of the Fifty One (51) famous Ancient Pauranik Shakti Piths – The Centre of Cosmic Power of India and it is the original holy place of Mata Ambaji, where the piece of the heart of the dead body of Devi Sati fell at the top of this holy hill of Gabbar as per the legend narrated in the “Tantra Chudamani”. The Mountain or Hill of Gabbar has also a small temple fortified from the western side and there are 999 steps to go up to the mountain and reach this holy temple at the top of Gabbar Hill. A Holy Lamp is constantly burning on this hill temple facing exactly in front of Visa Shree Yantra of Nij Mandir of Mata Shri Arasuri Ambica. This is altogether a different Ambica Temple where only a Yantra is placed on a Lion Vahan which is fixed in marble plate decorated with jewels as Ambica.  This is called Vishayantra, with an Ambica appearance. This is also called Sri Yantra.  As Sri represents wealth, it is believed that worshipping this Yantra would bless the devotee with prosperity.  This is made of gold and placed on a tortoise vahan.  There are 51 letters on the Yantra.  Devotees are not allowed to go close to the yantra for darshan as the devotee cannot bear its power.  Hence, a bandage cloth is tied around the eyes of those wishing to go close. The shrine is small in size.  The mandap and the prakara are made of marbles aesthetically.  Peepal tree-Arasamaram is the sacred tree of the temple.  They call the Mother Ambe Ma and Chachar Chowkvali.  The Kalas on the 103 feet tall tower weighs 3 tonnes – 3000 kilo and is covered by gold.

The antiquity of the temple dates back to more than 3000 years.  It is said that Lord Krishna’s tonsuring ceremony was celebrated in this temple when He was three years old and playing in Gokhulam.  Nandagopa and Yasodha took him to this temple then for the purpose.  Hence, only male children alone are tonsured in the temple and not female children and the aged. Vinayaka worship is very popular in north.  Lord Vinayaka graces in the shrine with His consorts Siddhi and Buddhi and sons Shub and Laab and with their sons Kushal and Sam (Vinayaka’s grandsons).  The red Sendhura mixed with oil is applied on Vinayaka according to northern tradition.

Route:

Those desiring to visit the temple from Chennai should take Navjivan Express leaving at 9.35 a.m and can reach Ahmedabad the next day at 8.00 p.m. They again have to take the Ranapur Express at 12.30 p.m and would reach Abu Road at the border of Rajasthan at 4.00 a.m. They can hire a van or taxi to reach Ambaji 20 km from here. Abu Road can be reached also by trains to Ajmer and Jodhpur from Chennai reaching directly Abu Road.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-2749-262 136,264 536,262 626, 262 930

Temple Address:

Sri Jai Mata Di Temple

Ambaji,

Gujarat state.

 

 

Gujarat – Gopi Talav

Name of the Temple

Sri Gopi Talav

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Krishnan

Sthalapuranam:

Gopi Talav Also known as Gopi Tank, Gopi Talav is a small pond enveloped by yellow color sand, resembling sandal. It is also labeled as Gopi Chandan. The sacred Gopi Chandan is commonly used by Lord Krishna devotees visiting the talav to make the religious tilak marks on their foreheads. The Gopi Talav has great importance in the age-old Hindu mythological history. The Gopi Talav is considered to be the sacred spot where all the gopis arrived to catch a glimpse of Lord Krishna in the holy town of Dwarka.

The myth surrounding the Gopi Tank states that this was the spot where Lord Krishna destroyed a demon known as Bhaumasura and released 16,000 princesses, who were forcefully locked inside the demon’s palace which was located at Gopi Talav. All the Gopi princesses were in love with Lord Krishna for his kind act of saving them and each one wanted to marry him. This is how the spot got its name as Gopi Talav.

Gopi Talav is historically famous for the many stories of Lord Krishna’s naughty pranks and romance that have occurred at this spot. When Lord Krishna was small, he would playfully dance the raas with all the gopis (young female locals) in the town of Vrindavana, also known as Vruj. When Lord Krishna relocated to Dwarka, the gopis were heartbroken at being separated from him and thus, they decided to visit him. It is said that Gopi Talav is the spot where all the gopis re-united with Lord Krishna on the auspicious night of full moon, observed as Sharad Purnima. Elated with meeting Krishna, they once again started the raas dance with him. The myth also states that the gopis could not bear their separation from Lord Krishna. They offered to sacrifice their lives to the land so they could eternally merge with their loved one. The legend further states that the gopis transformed into yellow clay material, which is now known as Gopi Chandan. Even today, the soil found near the Gopi Talav is yellow in color and very smooth to touch.

Once labeled as the Golden City, Dwarka is a religious town located towards the western part of the state of Gujarat in India. It can be found on the tip of the Saurashtra cape on the Arabian Sea. According to Hindu mythology and tradition, the town of Dwarka holds much relevance and significance. This place is mentioned under the ‘sapta-puris’ (seven sacred cities) as well as under the ‘Chardham’ sites.

The name of the town is derived from two words-Dwara meaning door and Ka meaning Brahma. The word Dwarka therefore means the route to one’s union with the Brahma (all empowering). One of the most ancient cities in India, Dwarka has a rich religious history dating back to 1500 BC with references to the ancient Hindu scriptures like the Puranas and the Gita. The birth of the town of Dwarka is closely related to the life of Lord Krishna. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is one of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu.

Padma Purana explains that in one kalpa during Lord Sri Krishna’s Bhauma Vrindavana (earthly) pastimes, the Vraja-gopis went near Dwarka to dance with their beloved in a secluded forest beside the sea, 20 km north of Dwarka on the night of Sharad Purnima (full moon) and once again danced with him. Krishna secretly left His palace, abandoned His royal insignias, robes, opulent crown and other trimmings of a King, and again adorned Himself in his gopa-vesh, simple dress of a Vrindavana cowherd boy – with a red turban and peacock feather atop His head, a flowing lightning gold dhoti and diaphanous yellow chaddar, a yellow karnikara flower stuck above one ear, a gunja berry necklace swinging from His neck, and His indomitable instrument – flute (murali).

After hours of wonderful dancing and transcendental expressions, Lord Sri Krishna took the Gopis to swim in a nearby lake to relieve their fatigue. All the body powders, unguents, oils and pastes of sandalwood, musk, jasmine, saffron and various colored minerals washed off their transcendental bodies as they splashed each other and played about. Unable to part from Krishna, the Gopis offered their lives to the soil of this land and merged with their beloved. It is said that they turned into yellow clay, known as Gopi Chandan. For the last fifty centuries Krishna bhaktas have been using this clay known as Gopi Chandan (it is golden color just like Radhika’s splendid limbs), to apply tilaka. The soil of the Gopi talav is extremely smooth and yellow in color.

Another pastime is related with Arjuna. After the battle at Kuruksetra, Arjuna thought himself to be the best warrior of the world. To eliminate the pride in His devotee friend, Arjuna, Lord Krishna asked him to escort his queens to Bet Dwarka. On the way, just near this pond, Arjuna was attacked by people of Kaba community, and Arjuna was defeated. The queens understanding this left their Body in this pond to go back to Goloka (Abode of Sri Krishna). So it is called Gopi Talav (pond). The famous phrase ‘Kabe Arjun luntiyo,vohi dhanush vohi ban’ reflects this incident.

Route:

Located just about 20 km to the north of the holy town of Dwarka and around 5 km from the famous Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple, Gopi Talav is easily accessible from all modes of transport and also falls en route Beyt Dwarka. One can easily find local transport like auto rickshaws as well as buses to reach the sacred pond from the main town

 

Gujarat – Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kalyana Narayanan, Dwarakadesan and Dwarakanathji.

Thayar: Kalyana Naachiyar, Lakshmi Shree.

Pushkarani: Gomathi river. Prabhas theertham

Vimanam: Hema kooda vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Periyalwar, Andal , Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai alwar, Nammalwar

Sthalapuranam:

Dwaraka is the sacred city where Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, spent most of His time during His appearance on earth five thousand years ago. He performed wonderful pastimes there, including expanding into 16,108 forms and creating 16,108 palaces for His 16,108 queens. In Vrindavana, Lord Krishna lived as a simple cowherd boy, but in Dwarka He lived as a wealthy prince. Krishna spent one hundred years here, longer than He spent in Vrindavana and Mathura combined. Modern-day Dwarka is a small city with an area of sixteen square miles and a population of around thirty thousand.

Dwarka means “gateway to the Supreme” or “city of gates.” Traditionally, an opulent city would have many gates, indicating the king’s confidence in protecting the city. The original city of Dwarka, described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Mahabharata, and other Vedic scriptures, was a fort city built within the sea. Lord Krishna built Dwarka to protect His kinsmen, the Yadu dynasty, from repeated attacks by kings and armies intent on killing Him. By the will of the Lord, Dwarka disappeared into the sea at the time of the Lord’s departure from this world. Archaeological excavations have brought out from the sea many artefacts suggesting that an opulent city stood there in the distant past.

Srila Prabhupada writes: “The heavenly planets are more celebrated than the earth. But the celebrity of earth has defeated that of the heavenly planets because of Dvaraka, where Lord Sri Krishna reigned as king. Three places, namely Vrindavana, Mathura, and Dvaraka, are more important than the famous planets within the universe. These places are perpetually sanctified because whenever the Lord descends on earth He displays His transcendental activities particularly in these three places. They are perpetually the holy lands of the Lord, and the inhabitants still take advantage of the holy places, even though the Lord is now out of their sight.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.27, Purport)

Krishna Married 16,108 queens! How did He interact with them…how they stayed …..

This questions always arises in the mind of a sincere seeker….. And their answer can instil great deal of faith for those visiting Dwarka.

“When Krishna was here He was performing different activities with each and every one of His queens intimately. None of them ever felt lonely for even a second. And when Krishna would rise early in the morning to perform His sadhana as a perfect ghrihasta, He would rise before the rooster crowed in the morning and He would perform mediation, perform pooja, giving charity and later in the day He would leave each of His 16108 palaces to go to perform his duties as Dwarkadish, the king of Dwarka assisting King Ugrasena and He would go to the Sudharma assembly house and the Srimad-Bhagavatam explains how He would leave his 16108 forms, but just before entering into the Sudharma assembly house all the forms would merge into one form and then he would rule the state of Dwarka. And when it was time to return home and meet his queens He would expand into 16108 forms and enjoy loving relationships with them. ”

“One may ask how is it possible that Krishna could live in 16108 palaces simultaneously. Because Krishna is the Absolute Truth, He is the embodiment of Adhyatamik Shakti, inconceivable potencies, He can do everything. And Krishna can do anything and when Krishna comes to this earth He wants to show His Supremacy. That if He came like an ordinary person who would chant His glories. Therefore He reveals his wonderful, wonderful inconceivable super excellent activities simply to attract all our minds.”

The present city Dvaraka (“Dwarka” on the map) is on the shore of Arabian Sea. It has a resident population of approximately 30,000, and a tourist population that fluctuates with the seasons. Even though it’s remote on the west coast in Gujarat state, devotees endeavour to come from far and wide to have the Darshan of Their Lordships Sri Sri Dwarkadhisa. Dwarka is one of the most important places to visit because it is one of the four prominent holy places in the cardinal directions of India: Dwarka (west), Jagannatha Puri (east), Rameswaram (south), and Badrinath (north). The atmosphere in Dwarka is peaceful. The people are pious and don’t seem harassed by many problems.

As per other legends This sthalam deals all the stories that deal with the way he became the king and ruled the empire and ended the Krishna Avathaar for which it is taken.

Vada Mathura is the sthalam which is the Janma Bhoomi (birth place) of Sri Krishnar; Aayarpadi is the sthalam where he was brought up and lead his childhood days and this sthalam, the Dwaraka is the place where his Punya Avathaar ended. Sri Krishnan showed his seva for Brahma devan, Indiran and all the other Devars and for Vasudevar and Devaki in prison in Vada Mathura divyadesam (Janma Bhoomi). The same Krsihnar showed his seva for Nandagopar who brought up Sri Krishnar in Aayarpadi.

After all of his duties are over and the purpose for which he took the Krishna Avathaar was over, he was killed by an archer, ulupadhan, who aimed at Sri Krishnar’s feet thinking it as an white pigeon. Thus, the avathaar of Sri Krishnar ended in Thiru Dwaraka. In Dwaraka Sri Krishnar showed his seva to Rukmani, Sathyabama, Jambhavathi and other Ashtamagarishis, his friends, his sons, neighbours and all of Aayars in Dwaraka. These all persons thought that Sri Kannan belongs to them, but he belongs to all the Jeevathmas in this mighty world.

Draupadhi who was also named as “Paanjali”, married Panja Pandavas and she treated Sri Krishnar as his own brother. When Draupathi was ill – treated in the midst of Duriyodhan’s palace, Sri Krishnar gave her clothes thereby protecting her. Thus, he gave his seva to Draupathi also.

There was a king in Mathura by named “Gargeya” who doesnt have any children. All the Yadhavas teased on him and as a result of it, he did a severe tapas towards Lord Shivan to bless with a son who would ride out the Yadhava families. Finally, on satisfied fully on the tapas of the king, he gave who was named as “Kaalayavannan”. Gargeya king and he handed over the Kingdom to him, so that he could ride away the Yadhavas. He collected all of his troops to make an attack on the Yadhavas.

Knowing this beofe, Sri Krishnar asked the ocean king to help him out from this, by giving a place in the ocean a small town can be created and is ruled by Sri Krishnar.

Sri Krishnar asked Vishwakarma to build the town in the land and the place was built in a beautiful way with lots of streets, theerthams etc. It was built so beautiful that on seeing it one can say that place as an entering point (Dwaram) to heaven. Since, this place served as the Dwaram (entering point) to the heaven, this sthalam is called as “Dwaraka”. So, Dwaraka is the place where all the Yadhavas in Mathura are transferred to Dwaraka.

Kaalayavannan attacked Mathura but at that time, since Sri Krishnar and Balaramar are born as a normal human being, they could not defend him and ran away from him and hide in to a cave. At the same time, Musukundan was resting there in the cave due to the strain against his fight again the devars.

Musukundan had got a peculiar varam and it is if any one kicks him, (or) whoever wakes him up they will be burnt to ash. Likewise, when Kaalayavannan entered into the cave and found Musukundan and awakened him. As soon as Musukundan opened his eyes, Kaalayavannan was burnt into ash. Finally, Musukundan felt on the feet of Sri Krishnar and asked for his Vimocchan. For that Sri Krishnar explained him that in his next birth and in the next Janmam he was blessed by Sri Narayanan in Badrikasramam.

Another person who got the blessings and seva of this sthalaperumal in Kuchelar, one of his poor brahmin and he was one of his friends. As soon as Sri Krishnar saw Kuchelar, he invited him and asked him to be seated.

Sri Krishnar asked him whats the reason he had come for to meet as if he doesnt know the reason. But, the Emperumaan can easily understand why he has come for. At that time, Kuchelar gave him some Aval (rice tht is converted to aval after being soaked in water then dried up and struck hard). On getting the Aval, Sri Krsihnar was so happy on Kuchelar and asked him that he will give some of his countries for him. But, poor Kuchelar doesnt want any of them, but he came only to see his one among his old friends. Admired by the great friendship character of Kuchelar, Sri Krishnar converted his old hut into a very big house and made him as a wealthy person. This shows how a relationship must be should be between the Paramathma and Jeevathma.

It is said that the Dwaraka sthalam exists in two parts. One is found near to the Dwaraka railway station and is known as “Gomuki Dwaraka” and the other is known as “Pate Dwaraka” which is found 20 miles away from Gomuki Dwaraka. It is believed that only in pate Dwaraka, Sri Krishnar lived along with all the Yadhavas and his pirattis.

Route:

This Divyadesam is found on Bombay-Oka port rail line.

To reach this Temple, one has to travel via Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Jam Nagar.

Dwaraka railway station is 20 miles away from Oka port and from there we can reach the Temple.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 2892 235109, 234 080

Temple Address:

Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Dwaraka,

Ahmedabad,

Gujarat State.

Gujarat – Bet Dwarka Temple

Name of the Temple

Bet Dwarka Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Lord Krishna

Thayar: Rukmani

Sthalapuranam:

Bet Dwarka got this name because Lord’s childhood friend Sri Sudama Ji gave Him the Bet (gift) here. Bet Dwarka is the ‘residence of the Lord Dwarkadhisa’ and the Dwarkadhisa Temple at Dwarka town is the ‘office of Lord Dwarkadhisa’. Both these are the original abode of Lord Sri Krishna. Bet Dwarka is also known as Raman Dvipa, as Lord Krishna preferred to reside here with His family. The sacred island of Bet Dwarka island is said to be the last remaining piece of land from the original town which sink into the sea after Lord Sri Krishna’s departure. The main Temple on the island was built by Sri Vallabhacharya about 500 years ago and has Deity of Sri Sri Dwarkadhisa which was made by His consort, Sri Rukmini Ji. Lord Sri Krishna (Dwarkadhisa) at Bet Dwarka in a similar posture as in Dwarka town with difference of holding Shanka (Conch) in oblique position. Bet Dwarka is the place where brahmana Sudama (Krishna’s friend from gurukula) came to visit the Lord. Inside the Temple there is the exact place where Lord Sri Krishna welcomed His Sri Sudama Ji and washed his feet. It is considered important to make donation towards food grains etc. at the temple. Around the main temple there are smaller shrines of Devaki, Satyabhama, Radhikaji and Jambavati. The temple also has a goshala and Maha-Prasadam bhojanalya. Every day around 1pm Sri Sri Dwarkadhisa’s Maha-Prasadam is served here.

The investigation of the Bet Dwarka island began in 1983, 1984 and 1985 A.D. subsequent to a survey of the shore in 1982. The fourth investigation was done in 1986 under the educational program of the University Grants Commission. The 30 to 35 meter tall rocks in Bet are covered with algae and thorny bushes. The bay in North and South of the eastern shore has a potential for safe anchorage. Ships are anchored at Balapar in monsoon near here. The temples viz. Dwarkadheesh, Neelkanth Mahadev, Dhingeshwar Mahadev, Shankh Narayan and Abhay Mata etc were built on the old places in later part of eighteenth century. In the third decade of 20th century, one Hiranand Shastri did some excavation behind Dhingeshwar temple and near Neelkanth temple. He found evidences of proto-historic habitat there. The earthen remains found there depict an inscription ‘Nandakdas’ in Brahmi script of Maurya era. It is therefore believed that this habitat must have been built in first or third century B.C. In 1950 A.D. also some work at Bet Dwarka was carried out. Thereafter in 1979-80 when the investigation started then remains of earthen pots of last lag of Harrappan era were found from near Sidi Bawa Peer. No evidence however found to prove that a town of Mahabharat era was submerged there. But in 1982, a 500 meter long protection wall was found on the north of Sidi Bawa Peer. The wall is substantially damaged by the sea. Earthen pots of red shining colour were found from this place. The significant remains found from this place include a porous pot, a mould for an iron pierce and a glittering-surfaced vessel. From the wall and remains it could be imagined that Bet Dwarka was a port once upon a time and was destructed due to sea storms. During low tide a large plate of 220 meter was found. A series of stones of 180 meter size were found from shore towards sea. They believed to be of a submerged structure and certainly not drowned. Their shape suggests the use of these stones in constructing a 20 meter long wall. Stones of similar size were seen on the shore too. Balapar bay has become flat due to continuous sea-waves and the bay is formed near a Custom House and Dargah.

Route:

Bet Dvaraka is island 30 km north of Dwarka in Arabic sea near village named Okha. To get there by boat takes 20 minutes from Okha.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 7 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 9810506646

Temple Address:

Bet Dwarka Temple

Dwaraka

Gujarat

 

Gujarat – Sri Mathru Gaya

Name of the Temple

Sri Mathru Gaya

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Maha Vishnu

Sthalapuranam:

Certain positions in Nature have surfaced a point of level that can never be encroached upon and have to be recognized with due respect without any compromise. One such position is that of a Mother. Prime importance is given to the worship of parents (father & mother) across the world in any religion or philosophy and more so in Hindu Dharma. Famous sloka “Mathru Devo Bhava-Pithru Devo Bhava-Aaachaarya Devo Bhava-Athithi Devo Bhava” is just an example of how much significance is given to these four elements of human life whose worship is considered as equivalent to the worship of God.

We have many examples in our Hindu philosophy where several sages, devotees, great personalities, and even the incarnations of Lord Vishnu have glorified the significance of this dictum which has not changed over ages. Lord Sri Rama is quoted as the best example of putting into practice this Sanatana Dharma Sutra.

In this order Mother is given the first and the foremost prominence, a unique and sacred place that can never be filled by any other element. A Mother is depicted as an epitome of benevolence, love and affection. She, with all her struggles bears a child in her womb for nine months before he or she is blessed with life in this world.

She is considered as the first Guru (teacher) of a child and the one who introduces father to a child. Hindu Dharma has given highest prominence to the role of a Mother and Father and prescribes worship of parents even after they leave this world by performing Pitru Yagna (performing sacred rites to the departed souls) by their descendants. As a part of getting discharged from Pitru Rina (that includes Mathru Rina) it is incumbent on the part of every Hindu to perform Pitru Yagna. Apart from performing sacred rituals to the departed souls at periodical intervals, performing them at certain specified places has acquired lot of significance as a part of Pithru Yagna and is considered as highly meritorious.

In the process of performing such sacred rites at prominent places generally we come across people visiting places like Kasi, Gaya, Prayaga, Rameswaram etc. and perform sacred rites to their forefathers that also include maternal spirits. But one such place which is exclusively dedicated to performing sacred rites to a Mother we find only at Siddhpur in Gujarat known as Mathru Gaya Kshetra on the banks of the holy Bindu Sarovara.

Bindu Sarovar is glorified with the incarnation of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu as Sri Kapila Mahamuni on its banks, sanctified as the Tapo Bhoomi of Sage Kardhama Prajapathi, the holy place where Sri Kapilaacharya had preached Moksha Gnana [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Saankhya philosophy] to his Mother, and celestial place where Devahuti attained salvation. Literally Bindu means a drop and Sarovar means a lake. It was known as a Lake of Drops [Bindu Sarovar] where tears of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu are believed to have fallen in this lake. Bindu Sarovar is considered as holy as Triveni Sangam at Allahabad. There are three sacred water ponds around here known as Gnana Vapi, Alpa river and Bindu Sarovar. Generally we find people taking bath in Bindu Sarovar before performing the sacred rites which is considered as highly meritorious.

Along the shore of the Bindu Sarovar we find the temples of Sri Kapila Mahamuni, Sage Kardhama Prajapathi, Devahuti, where earlier existed their hermitages. We also find a temple of Gaya Gadhadhara in the same line. On the opposite side we find a temple of Lord Shiva and also other temples of Hindu Deities. On the banks of Bindu Sarovara near the Moksha Peepal Tree we find an image of Lord Parashuram offering Pinda Daan to his Mother. Since then it is believed to have become a tradition to perform sacred rites to a Mother at this place. Known to be famous as Mathru Gaya Kshethram, Bindu Sarovar at Siddhpur has acquired lot of religious and spiritual significance with Hindus from across the country visiting this place to perform sacred rites to their departed Mothers. It is the only place in India where we find Hindus performing Mathru Shraaddha exclusively by offering Pinda Pradhanam.

It is a pious place located on the banks of mythological holy river Saraswathi and the sacred lake Bindu Sarovar. It is a sacred place where Sage Kardhama did severe penance for 10000 divine years and had the darshan of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. It is a holy place where Divine parents Sage Kardhama also known as Kardhama Prajapathi and his wife Devahuti lived and performed penance for several years. It is a place of adoration where Sri Kapilaacharya also known as Sri Kapila Bhagavan a philosophic incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu was born to the Divine parents SageKardhama Prajapathi and Devahuti.

It is a virtuous place where Sri Kapila Bhagavantha the founder and exponent of Saankhya Philosophy had preached Divine Knowledge to his Mother Devahuti. It is a Divine place where Devahuti attained Siddhi and Salvation and thenceforth the place came to be known as Siddhipada which in course of time referred as Siddhpur. It is also said to be the place where Lord Sri Parashurama the dynamic avathara of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, performed sacred rites to his Mother.

With so much of holiness associated with the Divine Mother, the place popularly came to be known as Mathru Gaya, the Siddhi Kshetram the place which has given Siddhi and Salvation [Moksha] to a Mother.  Lot of significance lies behind performing sacred rites exclusively to a Mother at this place. It is one of the holiest places in North Gujarat which is frequented most often by Hindus. As a part of getting discharged from Pitru Rina [that also includes Mathru Rina] it is incumbent on the part of every Hindu to perform Pitru Yagna. Apart from performing these sacred rituals to the departed souls at periodical intervals on a regular basis, performing them at certain specified places has acquired lot of significance in Pitru Yagna and is considered as highly meritorious. In the process of performing such sacred rites at prominent places we find people visiting places like Kasi, Gaya, Prayag, Rameswaram etc. and perform sacred rites to their forefathers that also include maternal spirits.

Siddhpur is the only place in India where Mathru-Shraaddha is performed exclusively. Generally lots of people visit this place during the Lunar month of Kartheeka Masam to perform Mathru ceremonies. These sacred rites are performed on the banks of Bindu Sarovara. Purohits or Priests are available at Bindu Sarovar and one can engage them according to their philosophy and faith for performing the sacred rites.

For the followers of Madhwa philosophy there is availability of Uttaradhi Mutt within the vicinity of Bindu Sarovar where good infrastructure facilities are available for stay [dormitories] and also for performance of rituals.

Route:

By Road Distances from Ahmadabad Siddhpur [115 km] – Patan [140 km] – Modhera [119 km] Mehsana [70 km].Distances from Siddhpur to nearby places Mehsana [45 km] – Unjha [30 km] – Patan [27 km]

Siddhpur is well connected by road from all important major town and cities of Gujarat. Regular bus services are available from Ahmadabad and Mehsana to Siddhpur. One can also reach Siddhpur by taxi/cab from Ahmadabad in about two hour journey.

By Rail Siddhpur is on the railway map of India on the Ahmadabad – New Delhi railway line connecting major cities and towns a journey of about 3 hours from Ahmadabad.

By Air Nearest airport is Ahmadabad 120 km from Siddhpur which is well connected by air with all the major cities in India.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

098258-79729 & 099139-77247

Temple Address:

Sri Mathru Gaya

Bindu Sarovar road

Teen Darvaza, Siddhpur

Gujarat State (India)

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Gujarat – Rukmini Dwaraka

Name of the Temple

Sri Rukmini Devi Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Rukmini Devi

Sthalapuranam:

Rukmini Devi Temple is located 2 kms away from Dwarka City. This 2500 years old temple has a dome mandap together with a stepped sanctuary which is not much older than the 12th century. The outside of this temple is carved richly while has a panel of sculpted naratharas also called the human figures together with a panel of sculpted elephants which are placed at the base. The conventional spire of the major shrine compares strongly with the large hemispherical dome of this pavilion. Temple’s inner sanctum has a lower-level seat which has an image of Rukmini, who was the wife of Lord Krishna, which was consecrated. The general sculptures of assorted God, Goddesses, together with the male and female figures which can be visible on the exterior of this shrine.

Rukmini Devi Temple is also known as Rukshmani Devi Temple situated just outside the Dwarka City in the North direction near the road leading to Bet Dwarka, its construction is of 12th Centenary with beautiful carvings on pillars and the dome.

It is located on the banks of Bhagirathi River, the Mandir comprises of a beautiful marble deity of Devi Rukmini, with four hands or Chaturbhuja. These four hands hold Shanka, Chakra, Gada and Padma, which symbolic of her being reincarnation of Goddess Ma Lakshmi.

Rukmini was younger sister of Rukmi and daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidharba , Rukmi was friend of Krishna’s uncle Kansa and never wanted his sister who was in love with  Krishna , while coming out of temple Rukmini spotted Krishna and fled with him on his chariot , Krishna won the war with Rukmi and  wanted to kill him but Rukmini prayed to forgive him and Krishna let him go after shaving his head . Krishna had 16108 wife and  made Rukmini Patrani (the chief queen), to celebrate their marriage they invited Sage Durvasa for a feast , Durvasa accepted the invitation on a condition to accompany them if Krishna and Rukmini will pull  his  chariot instead of bull or horses , on the way Rukmini felt thirsty and requested Krishna to fetch some water for her , Krishna hit the ground with his feet and Bhagirathi appeared at that place and escaping the eyes of Sage Durvasa , gave water to Rukmini to drink,  Durvasa saw this and got angry because he felt insulted being a guest he was to be fed first , he cursed that the Dwarka will not have sweet water , that the Krishna and Rukmini will not live together for 12 years . The Rukmini temple is built outside the Dwarka at a place where lord Krishan gave water to Rukmini and had separation due to the curse of Sage Durvasa, away from Dwarka’s Jagat Mandir. It is widely believed among the devotees that the pilgrimage is incomplete if a devotee doesn’t go to offer prayers at Rukmini Temple even if he worshiped the Lord at Dwarkadheesh temple.

Route:

Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.

Temple Timings:

6 am to 12pm and 3 pm to 7 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 9810506646

Temple Address:

Sri Rukmini Devi Temple

Dwaraka

Gujarat

Gujarat – Dakor Dwaraka

Name of the Temple

Shree Ranchhordraiji Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Lord Krishna

Thayar: Rukmani

Sthalapuranam:

According to the Hindu belief, there are four eras namely the Sata Yuga, the Treta Yuga, the Dwapar Yuga and the Kaliyuga. Loard Krishna was born on Wednesday on the eighth day of Shravan Vada during Rohini constellation in the 863875th year of the Dwapar era that lasted for 864000 years and he lived for 125 years, one month and 5 days. With the demise of Lord Krishna, the Dwapar era came to the end and the Kaliyuga began. It is also believed mythically that in the Kaliyuga.

The tale of Bodana, a devotee of Lord Krishna, is famous among Hindu believers. It is said that pleased by the worship of Bodana, who used to offer Lord Krishna “Tulasiputra”, Lord Krishna came to Dakor on the 15th day of Karatak sud in samvat 1212 (1156 A.D.) from Dwaraka. On His way to Dakor from Dwaraka, Lord Krishna one day broke a branch of a bitter neem tree in the morning to brush his teeth on the edge of village Simalaj located just near Dakor. That particular branch of the neem tree has lost its bitterness ever since and turned into a sweet branch giving birth to the adage “Limadama ek dal meethee”. The neem tree exists even today near the temple of Bileshwar Mahadev on the way to Dakor from Umareth.

Myths also tell us that Gugali – Ambadi bhrahmins of Dwaraka made many attempts to bring the idol of Lord Krishna back to Dwaraka. It is said that these bhrahmins were offered gold equivalent to the weight of the idol of Lord Krishna by Bodana. Gangabai, wife of Bodana, put her nose-ring weighing one and a quarter val (a kind of pulse) on the scale and that lifted the idol of Lord Krishna on the other scale. The place where the idol of Lord Krishna was weighed still exists on the bank of Gomati lake.

The present temple in Dakor was built in 1772 A.D. It is a huge temple housing numerous artistic sculptures. Many years ago Bodana, a devotee of Lord Krishna lived in Dakor. He used to regularly go to Dwaraka on foot for the “Darshan” of Lord Krishna. As he grew old, he gradually started to loose his strength to walk and pleased by his devotion and worship, Lord Krishna came from Dhwaraka to Dakor to give Darshan to Bodana. By the fond insistence of Bodana, Lord Krishna stayed permanently at Dakor where he is famously known as Ranachhodrai. Thousands of devotees flock this place on the day of full moon every month with the chanting of “Jay Ranchhod” and offer flags to the temple. On the full moon day in the month of Fagun, a big fair of the pilgrimage is held in Dakor.

According to various Samhitas, this big and tallest Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna in Kheda was constructed by Gopalrao Jaggnath Tambvekar of Tambve village of Satara district of Maharashtra in Vikram Samvat 1781.  The stone carving of this, in fact is today lying with Shri Bhalchandra Tambvekar of Tambvekar fimily.

According to historical facts, in 1769 when Shri Gopalrao Jaggnath Tambvekar, a Sharaf of Peshva Government, while going to Dwarka on foot. Got the natural instinct of having the real incarnation of Lord Ranchhodrai of Dwarka at Dakor during his stay at Vadodara.  He came at Dakor and offered darshan oft his state of Lord Ranchhodrai and build the temple after purchasing land in Dakor.  For maintenance  and daily expense of the temple the Peshva Government gave him Dakor and Gaikwad Government gave him Kanajari village as gift.

Route:

Situated on the bank of Gomati lake, Dakor is located at a distance of 95 kms from Ahmedabad, Gandhiangar – 125 kms, Vadodara – 104 kms, Ahmedabad – 95 kms. And Anand – 35 kms.

Temple Timings:

4:50 A.M.to 12 Noon,and 4.15 P.M. to 7.30 P.M

Temple Telephone Number:

0268 2550856, 0268 2556700, 0268 2552210,  9825049114

Temple Address:

Shree Ranchhordraiji Temple

Dakor,

Gujarat-388225