Dwaraka is of mythological importance as it was the capital of Lord Krishna to where he had migrated from Mathura region. The original Dwaraka and four other succeeding it, are supposed to have been submerged by the sea. The present Dwaraka is the sixth city on the site. It is a sacred place and centre of pilgrimage for Hindus because of its association with Lord Krishna. Here Lord Krishna’s birthday Janmashtami is celebrated with great religious fervor and gaiety.Adi Shankaracharya established the ‘Dwaraka Peeth’ for spreading the message of the Hindu gospel ‘Ramayana’ in Dwaraka.The great mystic Narsinh Mehta,Mirabai and the great saints Kabir and Nanak have also visited Dwaraka.
HISTORY : The city of Dwaraka renowned in myth and legend was once the capital of Lord Krishna’s empire. He is believed to have settled here after leaving Mathura thousands of years ago. Its association with Lord Krishna gives it a sanctity that attracts millions of pilgrims even today.Dwaraka is one of the most important pilgrim centre for the Hindus for it is believed to be one among the seven sacred cities and one of the four dhams. Dwarakanath also referred by the name Trilok Sundar is believed to be built by Vajranabh, Lord Krishna’s successor and great grandson. There are also legends which say that this temple was erected in one single day under Lord Krishna’s direction. Also Lord Krishna wanted the people to leave Dwaraka when he was dying for the sea to engulf the city. That’s why the legends say that original Dwaraka and four other succeeding it, are supposed to have been submerged by the sea. The present Dwaraka is the sixth city on the site.
LOCATION : Dwarka is situated in the Saurashtra peninsula of the Arabian Sea. It is on the extreme western side of India in the state of Gujarat. It lies on 20°22′ north latitude and 69°05′ east longitude.