August 27, 2022
CM Content Team
The land of Krishna, Dwarka is a charmer with endless avenues for exploration. Visit the spiritual town for its famous temples as well as fantastic beaches. Dwarka is one among the four sacred cities in Hindu mythology. There are so many places to visit in Dwarka. Read on ahead to learn about the top 10 Dwarka tourist places.
Steeped in godliness, spirituality, religious fervour and rich heritage, the city is rightly a place of heritage and one of the top places to visit in Gujarat. You can find many places to visit near Dwarka.
Below is the list of top 10 places to visit in Dwarka:
Roughly 20 km from Dwarka, Gopi Talav is where the encounters between young Lord Krishna and the gopis took place. The gopis were left without Krishna after he made Dwarka his capital. So, they paid a visit to him in Dwarka and played raas on the eve of Sharad Poornima.
The surrounding habitat of the holy lake is distinctive. You can take a sacred dip at the ghats around the lake. The lake is home to a wide variety of fish species and draws birds. The lake's dirt called gopi chandan has nutritional value. You can take gopi chandan to treat ailments of the skin.
Located on the highway linking Dwarka and Beyt Dwarka is the Shiva temple constructed in the honour of Shiva. Here, in a sanctum preserved below the ground, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. Also, the 25-metre-tall Lord Shiva statue is eye-catching. You can also find a sizable garden with a pond in the premises. According to archaeological excavations, five cities existed here in the past.
The Jyotirlinga worshipped in Dwarka is of Nageshwar Mahadev and is also called the Temple of Nagnath. Thousands of pilgrims come to this temple every year to visit the temple. It is said that worshipping the Lord here provides you with protection as the Jyotirlinga embodies defence and strength.
Dwarkadhish Temple or Jagat Mandir was constructed over 2500 years ago in the honour of god Krishna. The temple boasts a fifty-metre-high tower with beautiful embellishments and is one of Gujarat's most intricately designed buildings. The temple's most notable architectural characteristic is its main shrine supported by 72 pillars.
The temple was expanded from its initial size in the 15th century. Dwarkadhish literally means ‘the King of Dwarka’. Vajranabha, the grandson of Lord Krishna, constructed the temple.
Located at a short distance from Dwarkadhish Temple lies Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple. Get mesmerised with the ancient Shiva temple in Dwarka that is perched atop a small hilltop giving an astounding view of the Arabian Sea. There are over a thousand Shiva Lingas and Salgamshilas within the temple premises. It is said that Jagatguru Sankaracharya discovered the Shivalinga housed here near the confluence of the Gomati and Ganga rivers with the Arabian Sea.
Every year, the Arabian Sea rises high and flows into the temple and for a short period, the temple is submerged in the sea. It is believed that the sea performs the abhisheka of the Lord before it recedes and the temple reappears. You can visit this temple after sunset when the tides are low.
Bet Dwarka is an island located in the Gulf of Kutch. Also known as Shankhodhar, the island has no inhabitants. Gujarat's Okha coast is only a short distance from the island. The island is believed to have been a crucial component of Dwarka. Archaeological finds indicate that the island was inhabited during the Indus valley civilisation. The island houses Shri Keshavraiji Temple and Dwarkadhish Temple and is well-known for its conch shells from which the name Shankhodhar is derived. Vaishnav Mahaprabhu Bethak and Hanuman Dandi are two other pilgrimage sites in the vicinity. Apart from the famous temples, the serene ambiance of the island makes Bet Dwarka one of the top places to visit in Dwarka.
As Gomati river, a tributary of the Ganga River, passes from here, Gomati Sangam Ghat is regarded as an auspicious location with religious importance. Although devotees flock the Ghat round the year, you can come during winters for a comfortable spiritual tour.
The Ghat is only 20 minutes away from the city centre. Witness the enthusiasm of pilgrims and immerse yourself in a spiritual ambiance. Come to the Ghat to pay your respects to the river in the sacred city of Dwarka.
Sudama Setu is a pedestrian bridge linking Panchnad and Dwarka. The bridge overlooks the Gomti River and the short journey to and from Dwarka via the bridge is a sight to behold, making it one of the popular Dwarka tourist places, especially with its LED lights illuminated. You can get mesmerising views of Gomti Ghat and Dwarkadhish Temple from the bridge. The bridge is named in honour of Sant Sudama and Dwarka Beach is in close vicinity to it.
Located on the Arabian Sea shoreline, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is just a kilometre from the Dwarkadhish Temple. The temple is built in the honour of Swami Narayan, who is regarded as a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. The temple has wonderful architecture with intricate carvings and its grounds are tranquil and uplifting, primarily made from marble. The greenery accentuates the peace of this place. Unwind and discover spiritual bliss amidst this marvellous marble structure in Dwarka.
Located next to the Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Gita Mandir was constructed in 1970 by the Birlas. The temple's beauty, spiritual atmosphere and architecture are exemplified because of its marble construction. The temple represents the sacredness of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text in Hinduism. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Dwarka.
In addition to the temples, you can also visit historic sites, forts, monuments and other places to visit near Dwarka. One such attraction is the lighthouse on the beach. In addition to being a beacon for mariners, Dwarka Lighthouse offers you the chance to climb the tower and experience the surrounding scenery. However, note that it might not be accessible throughout the year. The 43-metre-tall lighthouse is only three kilometres from the main city.
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