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Old 13th April 2005, 23:28   #1
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Thumbs up Dwarka - Heard about it?

Hey guys,
just back from Dwarka (in Gujarat) a couple of days ago.
Its about 900km from Mumbai by car and 1 hour by plane.
Its quite a cool place and it has a really good temple of Lord Krishna.
Infact our neighbourhood spiderman has also built a Lord Shivas temple 10 mins from Dwarka.

I will post pics soon.
Some history -

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Dwarka is an important city for Hindu Pilgrimage. This was the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The entire city was revealed by marine excavations. The city of Dwarka, renowned in myth and legend, was once the capital of Lord Krishna's empire. He is believed to have settled there after leaving Mathura, thousands of years ago.

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Jagat Mandir
Dwarka is famous for the temple of Dwarkadhish, the ` Lord of Dwarka' also known as Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. It is sup- posed to have been constructed over 1400 years ago, although many claim that it is even older. It houses the image of Lord Krishna and is the beacon which draws pilgrims from all over India and abroad. Magnificently built on traditional lines, the temple has five floors and is profusely carved from base to pinnacle. The festival of Lord Krishna's birth is celebrated there every year in the auspicious month of Shravan with great splendour and amidst great rejoicing. Navratri and other festivals celebrated there during the year recall special events in the Lord's life. It is during these festivals, redolent as they are with mystic fervor and joy, that the true significance of Dwarka can be understood.

The Sharada Peetha
This is one of the four Mathas established by Jagat-guru Shankaracharya, all of which survive to this day. The Matha runs an educational society, an arts college and a Sanskrit Academy, which prepares scholars for doctorates in Sanskrit and Indology.

Bet Dwarka
Also known as Bet Shankhoddar, Bet Dwarka is only 5 kms from Okha Junction in sea and Okha is 30 kms from Dwarka. It is said to be the place where Lord Krishna lived with his family when the ruled at Dwarka. It is also the place where Vishnu slew the demon Shankhasura. Visitors make it a point to visit the Krishna temple at this site which holds much of interest to be seen and experienced.

Nageswar Mahadev
The Puranas mention 12 Jyotirlingas or columns of light representing Lord Shiva, who manifested himself in that form in different parts of India. This shiva shrine near Dwarka is one of these and is there- fore accorded great respect.

Quite a cool place if anybody wants to go there.
Excellent highwaysfrom Mumbai to Gujarat mean that it will be a fun drive too.
Pics coming soon.
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Old 13th April 2005, 23:57   #2
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Here are the pics -
I went to Somnath too so the pics are mixed.

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Pic 2 - (damn it is taking soo long on imageshack. i hate dial ups.)



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guess u had a good trip mate


The shiva image is amazin.. whts the height of the statue anyways?
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Yeah been to Dwarka, went in last May and it was damn hot and I was driving Esteem and rear right tyre burst while overtaking a ST bus and I was not even doing 60 kmph then I came to know that condition of the tyre was not that good plus bad roads and heat.
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Good write up Lambo.... neat pics.. looks like you enjoyed the trip a lot.
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Got some more pics to post but will do that soon.
I stayed at our Dharamshla.
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nice place. looking at all the pics...feel like making a trip myself!!
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To be frank i was thinking dwaraka was somewhere in MP till reading the post
Nice pics dude. Can see you really had a nice time there.

So you took your merc?
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Dear Lambo

Good to hear that you had a good trip.

In fact the name of lord krishna in dwarka is called the " dwarkadhishji" and it is our "kuldevta" so i know about it. it is very famous worshipping place for the decscendants of lord krishna who are "vaishnavs".

it is a good place and a drive all the way i a good car is definately a bonus.

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And where is Brindavan?
I heared after 7PM, nobody should enter this garden. Is it in Dwarka or somewhere else?
I heared there is bit of hidden secrets in those gardens.
Is it true?
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brindavan or vrindavan as it is called, is near mathura, is is kind of a garden with lot of trees which are very low. there are lot of monkeys in and around the garden and they will snatch away anything right from specs to wallets kept in your pockets or any eatables that u have.

as far as the thing abt not going inside the garden after 7.00 pm , it is said that the monkeys out there are actually the gopis and the kanhaiyas. they become gopis and kanhaiyas after 7.00 pm amd perform the "ras garba" and it is said that any one who enters after 7.00 pm has never come out again.

but the mystery is that there are lot of residential complexes attached to the wall of the garden but nobody has ever seen thier performance because those low level trees cover up everything.

all this info is what the guide had given to us when i had been to vrindavan.

even we find this amusing that monkeys transform themselves everynight but it might be true.

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How far is Vrindavan from BLR?
And also Dwaraka?
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