Beyt Dwarka

The island of Beyt Dwarka is ideal for a short vacation on the beach surrounded by it. The otherwise stuffed city of Gujarat introduces a quaint side in the island area. The region is situated at the start of the Gulf of Kutch near Okha.

Also the place is very unique with its sea beaches and other temples around the area. The tour hub in Gujarat is also reputed for spotting dolphins in the sea. Hotels and Dharamshala are also available for the tourists to have a comfortable stay to experience the beauty of the diverse spot.

History

The place is famously associated with ancient Vedas dating back to the Mahabharata. The small island also signifies proof in the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The Sri Krishna Temple here is known to feed Brahmins as the old belief continues of Lord Krishna being fed with rice at this spot by his friend Sudama. The devotees here follow the same practice by offering rice to Brahmins present there. The Lord Krishna idol that is worshipped here is considered to be crafted by Rukmini. Hindu sage Sri Vallabhacharya is credited with the establishment of the temple near to 500 years ago. Beyt Dwarka has been featured in the Mahabharata as well as SkandaPurana. As per Umashankar Joshi, Antardvipa who has been referred to as SabhaParva in Mahabharata identified as Yadava of Dwarka who used to travel by boats. . Beyt Dwarka derives its name from Shankhodhar which is an island full of conch shells. The archeological remains that are found below the sea also suggest that there was a settlement that existed during the times of Late Harrappan era.
The period can be dated to the times of Maurya Empire and a part of the Okha Mandal or Kishdwip. In the inscription by Simhaditya in the 574 AD, Dwarka has also been mentioned.

Where is it located?

The Beyt Dwarka islands can be reached by boarding a ferry from the other side of Okha. Dwarka falls on the state highway with regular buses available from Ahmedabad and Jamnagar which is some 137 and 470 kilometers away. By rail one can use the Okha-Ahmedabad gauge line to get down at Dwarka. It is also frequented with trains from other southern states of Goa, Kerala and Karnataka. The city of Rajkot is 217 kilometers afar from Dwarka.

Ideal Visiting Time

The Beyt Dwarka Temple can be visited anytime of the year as tourists are always visiting it. One can also visit it during Janmashtami which is celebrated every year as the birthday of Lord Krishna.

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