Having a history of over 2500 years, this Chalukya style of architecture is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The five storied main shrine is grand and marvelous in itself and needs no further highlights.
The black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna appears to be so appealing that devotees feel the presence or the lord before them. There are many other shrines which are devoted to Subhadra, Balarama and Revathy, Vasudeva, Rukmini and many others. The devotees are expected to take a dip in the Gomti river before proceeding into the temple through the Swarg Dwar. The eve of Janmashtmi is the most special occasion in any Krishna temple and surely this shrine too showcases different festive colors.
Along the Arabian Sea coast, Dwarka Beach is a good place to relax in the evenings. Popular among both the locals and tourists, Dwarka Beach is located quite close to the main temples in town.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
One of the 12 famous self-existent temples, Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple too houses a curious myth about its origin. The giant, beautiful and artistic statue of Lord Shiva mesmerizes tourists and pilgrims alike with its aesthetic appeal.
The temple is the hub of festivities on the eve of Shivratri when devotees turn up in enormous numbers.
A small structure is an important shrine dedicated to Krishna's beloved consort, Rukmani Devi. Not as majestically gigantic , this shrine is an architectural masterpiece in itself.
The rich paintings on the walls depicting Rukmini and Krishna as old as the 12th century, the intricate carvings on the walls leave the beholder spell bound.
If the holy scriptures are to be believed, the Gomti River is none other than the Ganges, descending directly from heaven. The most sought after spots out of the various shrines and ghats this is the place where the river meets the mighty ocean.
The water is saline yet highly tempting and devotees and tourists alike have no option but to give in to the inviting waters and go for a holy dip.
Built by the industrialist family of Birla in 1970, it is constructed using white marble resulting in a magnificent and awe inspiring structure. The temple was made to capture and preserve the teachings and values of the Bhagavad Gita, the religious book of the Hindus.
The walls of the temple have quotations from the Gita engraved in it. Accommodation for pilgrims is available within the temple premises.
Legend has it that this is the lake where Krishna used to entice his Gopis (young female inhabitants) with his youthful pranks and romantic nature. About 20km , the lake is surrounded by sandal like yellow sand which is used by the devotees to make tilaks on their bodies. It is quite a pretty sight.
Located around 30 km from the main town of Dwarka Beyt Dwarka is a small island and was the main port in the region before the development of Okha. While the island is enclosed by a few temples, white sand beach and coral reefs, the beach is also popular among tourists for its marine life, sea excursions, camping and picnics.
You can also enjoy water sports to make your trip a bit adventurous.