Ranchhodraiji Temple Dakor is in Gujarat. Earlier famous for Worship of shiva, it developed into a center for Vaishnavites when Ranchhodraiji, another avatar of Krishna surfaced. It is one of the most ethnically significant temples of Gujarat. State Government recently included Dakor in the pilgrimages under “Yatradham Vikas Board”.
What is the history of Ranchhodraiji Temple Dakor?
The history of the Ranchhodraiji Temple relates to a story. Bodana was a worshipper of Lord Krishna in his previous life. He lived in Gokulam as a cowherd Vijayanand. One day when all cowherds worshipped Lord Krishna, Vijayanand did not and the Lord came to him asking to perform the puja.
Then Bodana and the Lord engaged in a holy battle of colours. But the Lord fell into a river and Vijayanand went after him. Then the Lord revealed himself and Vijayanand asked forgiveness. Lord Krishna then granted him a boon that after 4200 years he will appear at Gujarat with his present wife Sudha.
Vijayanand would go to Dwarka to worship Lord Krishna once every six months and also took a basil plant (Tulsi) with him until he was 72 years old. Lord Krishna pleased, asked him to bring a bullock-cart with him so that he would accompany him to Dakor. The priest of Dwarka asked why he had brought a bullock-cart. Bodana replied that he had come to take away Lord Krishna. Hence, they closed the Dwarka temple. That night Lord Krishna broke the wall of the garbha griha and asked Bodana to take him away.
Seeing the missing image of Lord Krishna the priests came to Dakor. Bodana was anxious, so Lord Krishna told him to hide the idol of the deity in the Gomati tank. Then, they got angry and threw spears at him and he died falling down .While hurting Bodana with a spear it also hurt the image of the deity hidden in the Gomti tank and the water turned red with Lord Krishna’s (Ranchhodraiji’s) blood.
However the lord mercifully directed the Ghulis that they would find, after six months an exact replica of the idol in Sevaradhan Vav at Dwarka. But theGuglis looked for it earlier and found a smaller idol of the Lord.
What is the significance of Ranchhodraiji Temple Dakor?
The significance of Ranchodraiji temple is that it has an enlarged square complex. Its height is raised by 168 feet by 151 feet with 12 stone steps on each side. Surrounding it there is a serene spacious courtyard. The temple main gate is on the banks of the Lake Gomathi.
Lord Ranchhodrai’s form is of Lord Vishnu with four arms. Lord Vishnu bears the conch, the lotus, the discus and the mace in his hands. The lower right arm is the posture of abhaya mudra which gives protection to all those who come to him. There is an imprint of a lotus on the hand. His right hand holds the flute. During festivals, the hands of the Lord in gloves of gold full of gems.
What are the timings of Ranchhodraiji Temple Dakor?
Here are the timings of Ranchhodraiji Temple;
|Open||6 AM||12 PM|
|Reopening||4 PM||7 PM|
|Mangalabhog, Balbhog, Srinagarbhog, Gwalbhog, Rajbhog||6 AM||12 PM|
|Usthapanbhog, Shyanbhog and Shakhdibhog||4 PM||7 PM|
Which festivals are celebrated at Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor?
Approximately 35 festivals are celebrated at Dakor temple. Main ones being the Kartik, Falgun, Chaitra and Ashwin Purnimas. Over 1 lakh devotees visit the shrine. Annakoot is on the first day of the year. At this festival, there are largest amount of sweets and food perparation offerings to Shri Ranchhodraiji.
Vaishnava festivals celebrated are the Holi, Amalaka Ekadashi, Janmashtami, Nand Mahotsav, Rathyatra and Dashera. During these festivals devotees take the idol of Krishna in procession on an elephant. Ardent devotees also play music along the rhythm.
How to reach Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor?
Here’s how to reach Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor:
- Air: several domestic airplanes connecting Ahmedabad to Delhi, Bombay, Daman, Pune are available.
- Rail: It is on the Anand Godhra broad-gauge railway line and so is connected to Nadiad and Godhra by a state highway.
- Road: State Transport Bus services connect Dakor with Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Kapadwanj, Baroda, Bombay and others.
Where to stay nearby?
Here’s where one can stay near Ranchodraiji Temple:
- Hotel Arizona Inn on AnandS road,Opp-S.R.Park ,is famous for its luxurious rooms and good accommodation. It is a pure vegetarian hotel.
- Hotel Relax on 3rd floor, Hariba vyapar bhuvan, GPO road is another place that you may find nice to check in.
What are some places to visit nearby?
You could also visit:
Dwarkadhish Temple at Dwarka is one of the four major pilgrimages for Hindus in India. The Bhidbhanjan temple is a popular place to visit. It is a divine place to pay your visit to Lord Shiva and also other Gods and Goddesses. It shows architecture made up of Western influences.