Pancha Dwaraka Temples – Lord Krishna Related Places


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Pancha Dwaraka Darshan or a pilgrimage to the 5 abodes of Lord Krishna are believed to free the soul from all mortal sins and grant it eternal bliss. Pancha Dwaraka Darshan is quite famous amongst all Vaishnavites and Hindus. The Pancha Dwarkas are sprawled all over Gujarat and Rajasthan. Leading tour operators of India offer standalone as well as group packages for Panch Dwarka Darshan. The Pancha Dwaraka are Dwarka, Kankroli, Dakor, Nathdwara and Somnath.

Dwarka or the golden city is famous for being the abode of Lord Krishna. Interestingly, Dwarka is both a part of the Char Dham and the Sapta Puri holy spots. Dwarka the name signifies door to Brahma (Dwar +Ka). The city is filled with rich replicas of history that date back to 1500 BC and have strong links to Hindu Texts like Bhagwad Gita and the Puranas. Sri Krishna who is one of the incarnations of Vishnu is believed to have resided in Dwarka and this is why the town is filled with beautiful temples. Some of these temples are Nageshwar Mahadev, Gomti Ghat Temple, Rukmini Math, Bhalka Tirth etc.

Nathdwara is picturesquely located in the Hills of Aravali on the bank of the river Beas in the District Rajsamand which lies about 50 km North East to Udaipur. The most famous religious attraction of Nathdwara is the idol of Shrinathji which is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Krishna. The idol was worshipped in Mathura and was carried in 1672 from the hills of Govardhan near Mathura along the sacred Yamuna and then retained in Agra for a period of six months. The name Nathdwara literally translates to be Gateway to Srinathji. Nathdwara is very famous amongst Vaishnavites who prefer Pushti Marg as prescribed by Shuddha Advaita

The town of Dakor lies in the eastern part of Kheda district in Gujarat. The town of Dakor is best known for the magnificent temple of Sri Krishna Sri Ranchhodraiji. On beautiful full moon nights’ people come to the temple to seek the blessings of Krishna. Around February and March there are many carnivals and fairs going on in Dakor so it’s preferable to visit Dakor during this time. Holi is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in Dakor. It is believed that Lord Krishna came to DAKOR in the incarnation of Ranchodrai on Sharad Poornima.

Bet Dwarka
Bet Dwarka is also known as Shankhodar which is a moderately populated island lying in the mouth of Gulf of Kutch that is 3 km away from the Okha coast of Gujarat. Bet Dwarka is mentioned prominently in Skanda Purana and Mahabharata. Historians and scholars have identified Bet Dwarka as the place where members of the Yadav clan travel to by boats. There are many beautiful temples like Dwarkadhish temple and Keshav Ji temple in Bet Dwarka. Many devotees throng to Hanuman Dandi and Mahaprabhu Bethak which are also major places of worship. Many archaeologists and historians found Nadaka and Brahmi script inscriptions in many areas. Remains of the late Harappan period are also present in Bet Dwarka.

Kankroli is situated about 70 km away from Udaipur and is famous for its majestic temple of Dwarkadhish that lies on the banks of Rajsamand Lake. The temple of Kankroli is known to be the abode of Dwarkadhish or Sri Krishna. The original deity at the Kankroli temple is believed to have been imported from Mathura. Kankroli is untouched by commercialisation and retains its pristine charm with its sprawling library and gurgling streams. The Kankroli temple also has beautiful hymn and Aarti sessions with a difference…. the temple has its own band.

Points to Remember
Most tourists visit nearby attraction like Gir National Park and Udaipur Palace while visiting Panch Dwarka. Most of the Panch Dwarka have hot and dry climate which is why it’s best to avoid the summer months between April to July when you plan for a visit.