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Dwarka DhamDwarka, an important pilgrimage center associated with the life of Lord Krishna is situated in the extreme west of Gujarat in the Saurashtra peninsula. It is believed that Krishna himself created the place, as he ruled his kingdom. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas named Nageshwar Mahadev is manifested at Dwarka. Dwarkadish temple is the 2,500-year-old Jagat Mandir or Nij Mandir is the major attraction of Dwarka. It’s an imperative pilgrimage for all Hindus and measured to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna. Dwarka may also be called as that place where Lord Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. It is placed on the right bank of Gamut Creek and placed on 20°22' north latitude and 69°05' east longitude.

Dwarkadheesh Temple
The Dwarkadheesh temple is a five-story high, generously impressed conical spire rising to a height of 157 feet There remains a one-meter tall, four handed black idol of Ranchhodrai, the ruler of Dwarka. The Temple is festooned with a special hall for audience.  The temple is a great example of fine art and architecture.

Amid the great number of temples of different periods in the history of Dwarka, pilgrims mostly prefers to visit the temple of Rukmini, Lord Krishna's wife, who is believed as an incarnation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty.  Rukmini is a small temple sites 1.5km north of town, an architectural masterpiece. Rukmini is supposed to dates back to the 12th century.

Dwark Other Attractions
Dwarka TempleDwarka is also a sacred seat of Adi Shankaracharya, famous for establishing four seats or Maths in different directions of the state. Gomati Ghat Temples and Samudra Narayana Temple (Sangam Narayana) erected at the place where Gomti meets with ocean is an important pilgrimage site for a huge number of devotees. Nageswara Mahadeva is 10 kms far from Dwarka includes one of the twelve Siva Jyotirlingas in an underground sanctum. Gopi-tallava is the sacred kund (pond) where Lord Krishna met with the gopis. Bhalka Tirth is that spot of Dwarka where pilgrimage visits for its significance. The place where Lord Krishna was mistaken for a deer and struck by an arrow hile resting in a deerskin. Very near to the place lays Somnath with its shrine built by Soma, the Moon. This grandiose tombstone is the current replication of the earlier construction. So, Dwarka having a huge accumulation of temples related to Lord Krishna contributes a lot to in the expansion of pilgrimage tour to Gujarat as well as India.

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