One of the ‘Char Dham’ in the eyes of Adi Shankaracharya, the holy shrine dedicated to ‘Lord of Dwarka’ is located in Gujarat.
ANOTHER NAME: Jagat Mandir
PRIME DEITY: Lord Krishna (Dwarkadheesh)
Year of foundation: 2000 or 2,200 years old
Year of it’s revamping: 15th or 16th Century
Built By: Lord Krishna’s grandson ‘Vajranabha’
FACTS & SIGNIFICANCE
- This Jagat Temple, a Hindu’s Shrine, is built to revere the ‘King of Dwarka’, i.e. lord Krishna.
- Being a Pushtimarg temple, this pious temple follows the rites and rituals created by Shri Vallabhacharya & Shri Vitheleshnath ji.
- The grandson of lord Krishna namely Vajranabha built it over the ‘Hari-griha’ (the house of lord Krishna).
- It has credited its name in the list of Char-Dham of India during 8th century when a Hindu Philosopher & Theologian ‘Adi Shankaracharya’ came here.
- It is the 108th Divine or ‘Divya Desham’ of Lord Vishnu.
This Hindu shrine evokes the memory of centuries’ go when it was ‘Dwarka’ in Gujarat, as mentioned in the epic ‘Mahabharata’. At that time, this was the kingdom of lord Krishna or ‘Dwarkadheesh’. River Gomati flows here as the excavations have found the traces of this river under the stones which belong to proto-historic times. There are some evidences found as a stone block which has a script proving that stones were draped with dowels.
Perhaps, coastal erosion had caused the devastation and gulped this ancient port.
Auspicious Occasion To Visit: Janamashtmi
STRUCTURE OF TEMPLE
- Reaching to the main entrance of this temple, stairs are to be opted.
- The flag furls at the top of it showing the sun and moon.
- This flag is changed five times a day.
- This shrine has five storey that is built on seventy-two pillars.
- The spire of it is 78.3m high.
- Limestone was used to construct it and can be seen in its pristine condition till now.
- Complex sculptures are carved very exquisitely which show ‘how many dynasties have ruled there’.
- Two entrances can be seen there from the north, called Moksha Dwar, and from the south called ‘Swarg Dwar’.
- From the door, one can admire the beauty of ‘Gomati river’ after stepping on 56 steps.