Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura Dwarka complete information
Dwarka the place where Lord Krishna and is known as Dwarkadhish which means the King of Dwarka. The Dwarkadhish Temple is located in Mathura and is one of the ancient and biggest temples in the city. This Dwarkadhish Temple in Mathura is the only place where Lord Krishna lived as a King. The temple houses Lord Krishna in the Black Marble and Shri Radha Rani is in White marble.
Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura was built in only a year of 1814 by Seth Gokul Das on the banks of Yamuna River and is known for its architecture and paintings. Since 1930 the temple was gifted to Pustimarga Girgharlal Archarya Ji to offer to worship Lord Krishna and from then the deity is offering worships according to the Archarya Ji pattern. Thousands and thousands of pilgrims visit the place every day to offer prayers to Lord Krishna. The paintings on the ceiling showcases the life story of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is worshipped as Dwarkadhish and the temple here is named after it.
The temple was built by Seth Gokul Parikh in 1814. The complex has large premises and is the 5-storeyed building with 72 limestone pillars that consist of Prakashgarh, Sabahgarh, and Shikhar. The height of the Shikhar is 157 Feet.
The temple has 2 main entrance gates Moksha Dwaar and Swarg Dwaar, 2 types of Shikharas – Nij Shikhar and Ladwa Shikhar. Lord Krishna houses Nij Shikhar.
The main building resembles the Rajasthani Style Architecture with paintings of Lord Krishna Life in Dwarka as a King on the ceilings.
According to Brahmi Script, the 1st renovation is done in 100 BC, in 800 BC when Adi Shankaracharya visited the temple the 2nd renovation is done and he established AdyaShakti on the 4th floor of the temple. In 1241 AD the temple was attacked and destroyed by Muhammad Shah and 5 Brahmins were dead. Between 15th -16th Centuries the temple was enlarged by the Local Merchants and rulers. Pakistan Navy tried to attack the temple in 1965 but they failed.
Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura History
Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura carries many legends some of them are
Gopi Lake – Lord Krishna never returned to Mathura after leaving the place. Gopis came to Dwarka from Mathura to meet Krishna and performing Ras Leelas with Lord Krishna they offered their lives to the place and the lake is named as Gopi Talav.
Kamsa uncle of Lord Krishna, brother of Devaki, the ruler of Mathura was greatly influenced by his Father-in-law Jarasandha. He used to torture the people of Mathura. Lord Krishna killed Kamsa eventually and Jarasandha for his son-in-law’s death became furious and attacked Mathura for several numbers of times and there is a huge loss of Yadava so Lord Krishna decided to shift the people and the city Dwarka is formed.
There are 2 versions of stories about the formation of Dwarka – one of them is Lord Krishna with the help of Garuda reach Saurashtra Peninsula. Another Version is Lord Krishna asked Vishwakarma to build a new city and he named it Dwarka. So Vishwakarma suggested that it is possible to build on Samudra Deva. Lord Krishna worshipped God of Sea for the Land and Samudhra Deva gave 12 Yojanas of Land and Vishwakarma built the city of Dwarka.
The water of the Sea will be very calm and quiet on some of the timings and the journey to the temple will be at that time.
Festivals Celebrated at Dwarka
The temple celebrates grandly the birth of Krishna known as Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Annakut Utsav celebrated on the 1st day of the Kartika Masam, Tulsi Vivah that starts on the 11th day of Karthika Masam, Holi, Akshaya Tritiya celebrated on the 3rd day of Vaishaka Masam, Rath Yatra.
The temple allows devotees with formal and decent looking dresses. Shorts, miniskirts, etc. are not allowed.
Dwarkadhish Temple Timings
The temple opening times are Mornings – 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM and in Evenings 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM during Summers
Mornings – 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM and in Evenings 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM during Winters.
The Aarthi timings slightly change from Summer to Winter
Mangla Aarthi – Morning 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM
Shringar Aarthi – Morning 7:40 AM to 7:55 AM
Gwal Aarthi – 8:25 AM to 8:45 AM
Rajbhog – 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Utthanpan – 4:00 PM to 4:20 PM
Bhog – 4:45 PM in the evening till 5:05 PM
Aarthi – From Evening 5:20 PM to 5:40 PM
Sayan – 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Mangla Aarthi – 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM in the mornings
Shringar Aarthi – Morning 7:40 AM to 7:55 AM
Gwal – Morning 8:25 AM to 8:45 AM
Rajbhog – 10:00 AM in the morning to 10:30 AM
Utthanpan – 3:30 PM in the afternoon till 3:50 PM in the Afternoon
Bhog – 4:20 PM in the evening till 4:40 PM
Aarthi – 6:00 PM in the evening.
Time to Spend
Devotees can spend a maximum of 1 to 2 hours worshipping and enjoying the place.
The entry fee is for free. Anyone is allowed into the temple without a ticket.
Best Time to Visit Dwarka
Throughout the year it is the best time to visit the place but the ideal time to visit Dwarka is from November to February as the place will be experiencing winter season and one can last the memories forever.
Temples near the Dwarkadhish Temple
Pilgrims can also visit Shri Nageshwar Temple which is 12 KM from the temple, Beyt Dwarka is an island 30 KM from Dwarka, Rukmini Mandir 2 KM from the temple, Gita Mandir, Gomati Sangam Ghat one their visit to Dwarka.
Dwarkadhish Temple near Hotel
The temple place has the number of hotels for stay to the pilgrims who visit the place to worship Lord Krishna. The nearest hotel for stay is Hotel Royal Inn which one can reach the temple fast.
How to Reach Dwarka
One can reach the Dwarkadhish Temple by means of road, air, and railways.
Dwarkadhish temple nearest airport is Jamnagar Airport and one has to travel for nearly 2 and a half hours to reach the temple. The distance is 126 KM.
The nearest railway station is Dwarka Railway station and is nearly 3KM far from the temple and one can reach within 10 minutes.
Nearest Bus Station is Dwarka Bus Station and is 2 KM far from the temple and one can reach within 5 minutes.
Dwarkadhish Temple Address
Shree Dwarkadhish Temple, Devbhoomi Dwarka District, Gujarat – 361335, India
For more details on the Temple, Darshan, Hotels please contact – 8500898000, 9393939150 and visit Dwarka Hotels for accommodation.