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Janmashtmi

The Birth of Lord Krishna :

Dwarka, the city of gold. Dwarka, the abode of Shri Krishna. This is how devotees think of the city where Lord Krishna settled over 5,000 years ago after leaving Mathura forever, and where he reigned for 100 years. For pilgrims Dwarka's presiding deity remains Shri Krishna, and they flock there in their thousands from all parts of India and abroad.

The temple, towering over the surrounding buildings was built 1,400 years ago. It has several floors and is built of sandstone. The interior is simple while the exterior is covered with elaborate carvings.

Janmahtami, the birthday of Shri Krishna, is celebrated with great splendour. Rows of lights are lit everywhere, Kirtans and Bhajans are sung, sermons are delivered and Krishna is worshipped in his infant form. Thousands of people go to Dwarka to visit the temple and participate in the fair. After visiting the main temple, devotees go to Shankhoddhar yet. There are some other important temples, both old and new. Among these is the temple of Shank-Narayan, dedicated to the Matsyavatar, the incarnation of Vishnu as a fish. This was constructed over 200 years ago.

Getting There :

Rail: Dwarka can be reached by train on the Viramagam-Okhla broad gauge line. Road: Dwarka is 132-km, from Jamnagar, 234-km from Rajkot, and only 450-km from Ahmedabad. A state highway also links the city with the main part of Saurashtra.



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