(Last Updated on : 01-05-2014)
Damodarji Temple is one of the major temples of 5th century which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is located at the outskirts of Gujarat
which is mainly known for its architecture. Also known as Shri Hari Temple this is divided into two parts. The interior of the temple is popularly known as the Nij mandir which has a Shikhara that is 65 feet high along with a Solaha Mandapa which rises upto a height of 30.5 ft. It is built in simple architecture. This temple has one of the largest shrines of Lord Vishnu that is beautifully decorated with gold jewellery. Overall the temple along with its Nij Mandir and Solaha Mandapa covers an area of 32 acres surrounded with 84 well crafted pillars. A flag resembling with the sign of Vishnu is hoisted at top of the Shikhara.
Damodarji Temple has some of the most celebrated shrines of Lord Vishnu. The holy statue of Shri Damdar Hari is seated in the form of Chaturbhuj. The statue of Damodarji sits on a Vigrah along with another popular shrine called Nana Damodarji. The statue of Lord Vishnu has four hands carrying Shanka , Chakra, Gada and Kamal. Next to the shrine of Lord Vishnu is the idol of Radhika along with a small temple of Balramji which is located in the same campus of Damodarji temple. The temple has a Garbha Griha along with a small Sabha Mandapa. The garbha griha is raised at the 35.5 feet and the apex has a shikhara which is 16 feet high.
Along with this there is the temple of Lord Balarama
which has a small and a large shrine of Lord Balaram. In the south west part of the campus there is a temple of Shri Ganapati which is revered by a number of tourists from distant areas. The temple has some of well built idols of Lord Ganesha. The devotees are supposed to a take a holy bath in the Damodar Kund before they begin the rituals of worshipping the actual shrine.
Thus surrounded by some of the most revered temples this is a small complex of temples which includes the popular shrines of Lord Vishnu, Lord Balaram and Lord Ganesha along with the shrines of Radha. This is one of the most revered pilgrimages of Saurashtra.