(Last Updated on : 04/07/2015)
Dwaraka derives its name from the word "Dwar"(Sanskrit), which means door. Dwaraka is the site of Dwaraka Pitha
which is one of the four cardinal religions established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya
. The archaeological investigations at Dwarka, both on shore and offshore in the Arabian Sea, have been conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India. The first investigations carried out on land in 1963 revealed many artifacts. It was proved the relevance of Lord Krishna.
Dwaraka is a pioneer manufacture of metal craft. The city of Dwarka is very sacred for the Hindu's and finds mention in the Mahabharata
, Harivansha, Bhagavata Purana, Skanda Purana
and the Vishnu Purana
History of Dwaraka
It is believed that Sri Krishna after renouncing war in Mathura
founded the city of Dwaraka and settled down there. For the safety of the people, Krishna and Yadavas decided to move the capital from Mathura to Dwaraka. It is said that the land was reclaimed from the sea near the western shores of Saurashtra. Dwarka was built on the on the banks of Gomti River
This city was known by several names like Dvaramati, Dvaravati and Kushsthali. Earlier it was known as Kushasthali or Dwaravati.
Geography of Dwaraka
The city of Dwaraka is located in the Jamnagar District
. The city lies in the westernmost part of India. It is located 22.23 degree North to 68.97 degree East. The city is built on the right bank of Gamut creek.
Tourism in Dwaraka
Some of the tourist spots in Dwaraka are Dwarakadhisa temple, the Rukmini Devi temple, the Gomti Ghat and its temples, the Beyt Dwarka, the Nageshwar Mandir and the Lighthouse. Other well known places in Dawarka are Gomti Ghat, Bet Dwarka, Hanuman Dandi temple, Nageshwar Mandir and Lighthouse. The famous Jagatmandir temple is located in Dwaraka. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas is located near Dwaraka. Dwaraka Pitha
is one of the four cardinal mathas established by Adi Shankaracharya. In Dwarka, there is a lake or tank called Gopi Talab on the western part of the city. A similar lake known as Gopi Chandan meaning "sandal paste from Gopi" is situated in Bet Dwarka; this mud is found in the bed of the lake. This fragrant mud is applied as a sanctity symbol by devout Hindus on their forehead.