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Dwarka is a city in Gujarat, India.

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Geography

It is located in the Jamnagar District of Gujarat. It is on the mouth of the Gomti River into Gulf of Kutch.


Holy City

The city derives it's name from word "Dwar" meaning door in Sanskrit. This city is one of the holiest city in Hinduism and one of the 4 main "dhams" along with Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram.


The Jagatmandir temple which houses the Lord Dwarkadhish a form of Lord Krishna.


Nageshwar Jyotirling, one of the 12 shrines to Lord Shiva is located near Dwarka.


History

The legend says that Lord Krishna renounced war in Mathura for the greater good (and hence the name Ranchodrai) and founded (and settled in) Dwarka. It is said that after years of damage and destruction by the sea, this is the 7th city of Dwarka.


Places of Interest

  • Rukmini Hrid - collection of 7 ponds.
  • Brahma kund.

External links

  • An ancient harbour at Dwarka: Study based on the recent underwater explorations (http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/may102004/1256.pdf)
  • 4 Dhams, Dwarka Dham (http://www.urday.com/dham.htm)
  • Sacred Sites, Dwaraka (http://www.sacredsites.com/asia/india/dwarka.html)
  • Dwaraka (http://www.atributetohinduism.com/Dwaraka.htm)

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