Situated in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat, Dwarka is a popular religious destination in India. The city is regarded as one of the seven oldest cities in India. The city has long-standing associations with Lord Krishna and it is believed that the place was the abode of the famous Hindu deity.
Seldom visited by westerners because of its remote location in the western state of Gujarat, the fascinating and extremely beautiful Jagatmandir temple is bordered on one side by the ocean coast and on the other side by the town of Dwarka. One of India’s oldest and most venerated pilgrimage sites, Dwarka’s archaeological and historical background is shrouded in mystery. Mythologically, Dwarka – or Dvaravati as it is known in Sanskrit – was the site chosen by Garuda, the Divine Eagle, who brought Krishna here when he departed Mathura. Krishna founded the beautiful city and lived there the remaining years of his life until he died (according to legend) in 3102 BC. Scholars confer that the oldest parts of the Jagatmandir temple may only date to the reconstructions of the Gupta period in 413 AD.
Dwarka is the city where lord Krishna had set up his earthly empire. The tourist spots in Dwarka include a throng of striking shrines that showcases colorful structural designs and impressive architecture. These attractive temples demonstrate the city’s association with lord Krishna and indeed a visit to these sacred spots would be a stimulating experience to all. As per legends, as soon as Krishna died, the complete city got submerged in water destroying the full Yadav elite.
Somnath temple stands at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent in Gujarat State. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finds its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat, Shivpuran etc. The hymn from Rig-Veda quoted below mention the Bhagvan Someshwar along with the great pilgrimage like Gangaji, Yamunaji and Eastward Saraswati. This signifies the ancient value of this Tirthdham.