Bet Dwarka Temple

Address : F32W+Q9X, Beyt Dwarka, Gujarat 361330

District : Dwarka

Phone : 1800 203 1111

Completed : over 5000 years ago

Deity : Lord Krishna

Famous For : Janmashtami

Overview:

A small island off the coast of Dwarka and accessed via Okha is home to the namesake temple, and supposedly the residence of Lord Krishna when he arrived here. The establishment of the temple is credited to Guru Vallabhacharya. Apart from the main temple, others in the complex commemorate Hanuman, Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi Narayan, Jambavati, Devi and others.
Brief History: Bet Dwarka, also known as Shankhodhar, is said to have been the residence of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It derived its name from the word ‘bet’ which translates to ‘gift’ and is believed that Lord Krishna received it from his friend Sudama. In the ancient epic, Mahabharata, Bet Dwarka is known as ‘Antardvipa’ to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. Explorations and excavations carried out under the sea have revealed the presence of settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilization and that of the Mauryan rule. In the later years, the region was under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it, but had to concede defeat in two years and return the region back to the Gaekwads.
In February 2024, the grand inauguration of Sudarshan Setu marked a historic moment as it became the nation’s longest cable bridge, seamlessly spanning the distance between Okha and Bet Dwarka. This monumental achievement further enriches the success narrative of Devbhoomi Dwarka, symbolizing its journey towards progress and development. As a prominent landmark within the district, Sudarshan Setu exemplifies the visionary aspirations of a developed Bharat and a flourishing Gujarat, encapsulating the essence of Viksit Bharat and Viksit Gujarat.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between November and February, and during Janmashtami which is celebrated with great fervour.

Timing : 9:00 Am to 1:00 Pm And 3:00 Pm to 6:00 Pm
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