(Last Updated on : 03/03/2011)
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
. 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 22.23A N 68.97A E. The city is built on the right bank of Gamut creek.
Tourism in Dwaraka
# The Somnath Temple
, which is a famous temple of Lord Shiva
# The Nageshwara Temple is a famous Temple of Lord Shiva
# Shree Swaminarayan Temple
# Rukmini Hrid(a collection of seven ponds)
# Bhrama Kund
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 Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
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