Pancha Dwaraka Temples list consists of the five temples namely Dwarkadhish Temple, Mukti Dwarka, Nathdwara Shrinathji Temple, Ranchhodraiji Temple and Kankroli Temple. Apart from these places there are 4 more temples which combined together form the Nava Dwaraka – Bet Dwarka, Rukmini Dwarka, Sudhama Dwarka and Moola Dwaraka. Myoksha Travels arranges Pancha Dwarka tour Packages.
Also called Dwarkadhish Temple, this is the main temple of Lord Krishna that stands on the banks of Gomti river. There is also a small shrine for Gomti Devi. This temple is also a part of the most famous Char Dham Yatra. It is historically considered as the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom.
Dwarkadhish Temple also known as ‘Jagat Mandir’. Lord Krishna is worshipped as the ‘King of Dwarka’, Dwarkadhish in this temple. This temple is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage tours. Dwarakadhish Temple is the 98th Divya Desam of Vishnu, mentioned in the Divya Prabandha sacred texts.
The significance of Dwarkadhish temple is that Dwarka is one of the Sapta Puris in India. According to popular belief, the Dwarkadhish Temple stands over the original place of Hari–Graha, the home of Krishna. Various festivals are held at the Dwarkadhish Temple. some of them are Janmashtami, Akshaya Tritiya, Holi, Rath Yatra, Tulsi Vivah etc.
Bet Dwarka is an island in the Arabian Sea coast of Dwarka. The name ‘Bet Dwarka’ comes from the words ‘Bhet’ which means’ gift’. The name comes from when Sudama, a friend of the Lord gave him a gift or Bhet. Also, ‘Bhet’ in the local language means ‘Island’. It is situated 3kms off the Okha cost in Gujarat. Mentions of Bet Dwarka could be found in Mahabharata and Skanda Purana.
It is the place where Lord Krishna resided with his family at Bet Dwarka. This place has the main Dwarkadish deity which was made by Queen Rukmini. It is believed that Meera Bai merged in this deity and disappeared from the material world. On this island, Vishnu killed the demon Shankhasura.
The island presents a wonderful scenery being surrounded on all sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is believed that several more Dwarakas existed there but all of them had submerged under the Sea. It is one of the best places to visit in Gujarat.
It was here that Sudhama lived. Sudhama (Kuchelan) and Sri Krishna were childhood friends and studied under the same guru, Sandipani. People call this place with various names such as Sudhama Dwaraka, Sudhamapuri and Kuchelapatnam.
This is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have set foot first on arriving at Dwaraka. But, he seems to have forsaken this place and moved to Bhet Dwaraka.
This is the place where Lord Krishna was last seen. At this place, there is a hall in which we find Krishna reclining on the branch of a tree with a foot dangling. A hunter who shot a poisonous arrow at his toe tip mistaking it to be the beak of a bird is found kneeling before the Lord begging his pardon. It is over here that Lord Krishna made a pretext to ascend to his Paramapadam. As this is the place where he was ‘last seen’, this place is called ‘Mukti Dwaraka’.
This is a wonderful temple with intricate wood carvings and architectural beauty and the Lord stands in all his majesty. One is reminded of Guruvayurappan in Kerala. It is said that the original Dwarkadhish idol left Dwaraka out of his own free will to stay at his devotee’s place in Dakor.
Ranchhodji Temple, Dakor
Dakor is a city in Kheda District in the state of Gujarat. This temple was built around 1772A.D. It is about 60kms from Ahmedabad. This place is famous for Ranchhodji Temple. In order to avoid Jarasandha, when Lord Krishna escaped Mathura, he took the name of Ranchhod. Adjoining the temple, there is a small water tank where people feed fishes. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated here as well, along with Nand Mahotsav and Annakut.
Kankroli Dwarkadhish Temple
Kankroli is located 65kms away from Udaipur. It is popularly called as Temple of Dwarkadhish. It is the most significant Temple of Vaishnavas. The deity of Lord Dwarkadhish was brought here in 1671 A.D. during the rule of Maharana Raj Singh. The idol was carried by Shri Gir Darji Maharaj from Gokul to Ahmedabad to prevent the Moghuls from destroying it. It was kept at Asotiya village until the Temple was finished.
The deity of Lord Krishna was brought from Mathura which is the hometown of Lord Krishna. It was brought in 1671 A.D. during the rule of Maharana Raj Singh. To prevent the Moghul from destroying it, Shri Gir Darji Maharaj carried it from Gokul to Ahmedabad.
Nathdwara Shrinathji Temple
Also called ‘Haveli of Shrinathji’, Shrinathji Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Shrinathji in Nathwada. This Temple was built by Goswami priest in the year 1672 on the orders of Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar. It is about 48kms Northeast to Udaipur. It has the original black marble idol of Shrinathji which was originally at Govardhan.