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

 

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