Dwaraka – The Erstwhile Kingdom of Lord Krishna

Gita contains deep philosophical concept and outlines principles and techniques, which put to practice help in getting relief from all the worries and anxieties. Krishna, as the charioteer of Arjuna, in the battle of Mahabharata says; man has the right ‘only’ (eba) on work (Karma) and not on its result (Maa Phalesu). This universal truth about the supremacy of the divine power Krishna could be realized by paying a visit to the ethnic city of Dwaraka in the state of Gujrat.

The sacred ambience of Dwaraka reminds visitors about the earthly kingdom of Lord Krishna who played an important role of ‘savior of the dharma or right deeds’. He came to the rescue of Draupadi to save her modesty from Duryodhana, only when she totally submitted herself to the supreme power with both her hands folded. As long as she held her clothes in one hand and prayed the Lord for help with the other hand, she was thinking “I’m the doer”.

Man gets so absorbed in his material world that spiritual experience remains a rarity for him. Trials and tribulations come to life which can be confronted bravely by experiencing the spirituality. It is His being, the whole world seem a never ending beauty in bliss that is born of love divine. To grant this true bliss of love to human beings, God came down to the earth as incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna who reigned over Dwaraka. It is for the devotees to see, to drink and to feel the sweet ecstasy of His mystic divine vision.

Tourists visiting Dwaraka can get the holy bliss of Lord Krishna at the Dwarakadheesh Temple and that Lord Shiva at the Nageshwqr Jyotirlinga Temple. The massive structure of the former temple is five-storied, supported by sixty numbers of columns, supporting the roof. Visitors can have darshan of other shrines dedicated to those related to Lord Krishna, such as sister Subhadra, brother Balaram, mother Devaki, consort Satyabhama Devi, father Vasudeva and consort Rukmini Devi.

Dwaraka becomes the city of festivities and celebration during the occasion of Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. For getting a darshan of their most adorable “ Kalaa Kanhaya’, devotees take dip at the Gomati river and enter through the Swarga Dwar or Heavenly gate by climbing 56 steps. 52 of these steps are symbolic of the administrative divisions of the Yadavas, the descendants of Krishna and 4 steps symbolize their four gods.

Celebration of Shiva Raatri in the Nageswar Jyotirlinga Temple invites devotees in large number. The beaches and the Dwraka Lighthouse afford spectacular view of the setting sun, evoking the spiritual feeling and providing solace to mind a body.

Dwaraka is located nearest to the Gulf of Kutch, at the Zero sea level. Therefore its climate permits tourists to visit it at any point of time in a year. Yet, March to June is suitable for visits to temples and October to February for sight-seeing.

Taking a break from the routine life and a visit to Dwaraka is sure to contribute towards spiritual enrichment and real peace of mind that everyone is in search of.