Rukmini Devi Temple , Dwarka , Gujarat

Rukmini Devi Temple is also known as Rukshmani Devi Temple situated just outside the Dwarka City in the North direction near the road leading to Bet Dwarka , its construction is of  12th Century with beautiful carvings on pillars and the dome.

It is located on the banks of Bhagirathi River, the Mandir comprises of a beautiful marble deity of Devi Rukmini, with four hands or Chaturbhuja. These four hands hold Shanka, Chakra, Gada and Padma, which symbolic of  her being reincarnation of Goddess Ma Lakshmi.

Rukmini Devi temple Dwarka Gujarat

Rukmini was younger sister of Rukmi and daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidharba , Rukmi was friend of lord Krishna’s uncle Kansa and never wanted his sister to have relation with Krishna, while coming out of temple Rukmini spotted Krishna and fled with him on his chariot , Krishna won the war with Rukmi and  wanted to kill him but Rukmini prayed to forgive him and Krishna let him go after shaving his head . Krishna had 16108 wife and  made Rukmini Patrani (the chief queen ), to celebrate their marriage they invited Sage Durvasa for a feast , Durvasa accepted the invitation on a condition to accompany them if Krishna and Rukmini will pull  his  chariot instead of bull or horses, on the way Rukmini felt thirsty and requested Krishna to fetch some water for her , Krishna hit the ground with his feet and Bhagirathi appeared at that place and escaping the eyes of Sage Durvasa , gave water to Rukmini to drink,  Durvasa saw this and got angry because he felt insulted being a guest he was to be fed first , he cursed that the Dwarka will not have sweet water , that the Krishna and Rukmini will not live together for 12 years .

Lord Krishna and Rukmini Devi statue

The Rukmini temple is built outside the Dwarka at a place where lord Krishan gave water to Rukmini and had separation due to the curse of Sage Durvasa , away from Dwarka’s Jagat Mandir, even today the drinking for Dwarka is fetch from 100 kms. away  It is widely believed among the devotees that the pilgrimage is incomplete if a devotee doesn’t go to offer prayers at Rukmini Temple even if he worshiped the Lord at Dwarkadheesh temple.

Carvings at dome , Rukmini Devi Temple Dwarka


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Dwarkadheesh Temple Dwarka Gujarat

 Dwarkadheesh temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is also known as Jagat Mandir , Dvaramati, Dvaravati, and Kushsthali in the ancient holy books , situated on the west banks of Gujarat on Arabian sea , it is  here Lord Krishna established his capital after moving out of Mathura , is worshiped as Dwarkadheesh , the king of Dwarka  , it is also the place where Lord Vishnu killed the demon named Shankhasura.  some distance from here is one of the 12 Jyotir Lingas (columns of lights) specifically manifesting Lord Shiva named Nageshwar Mahadev is in the sanctified place of Dwarka.

River Gomti and Dwarkadheesh Temple Dwarka

The original city got submerged into the sea,the recent excavations in the sea near the shore confirms the existence of a well fortified area .

The original temple was built by Vajranabhji the Great Grand Son of Lord Krishna at a site which was  a formal residence of Lord, around 400 BC . The present temple was constructed in 16th Century, it rises up to a height of 51.8 meters, consists of 60 exquisitely carved pillars and a number of sculptures ,The temple is built of soft limestone and consists of a sanctum, vestibule and a rectangular hall with porches on three sides. The main entrance is from the North the Moksha Dwar and the gate on South is called the Swarg Dwar leads down 56 steps to river Gomti . On top of the shikhar there is  huge flag made from 52 yards of cloth , it is changed five times in a day .

North gate the Moksha dwar Dwarkadheesh Temple

 The deity of Lord Dwarkadhish is made of shiny black stone and is about 2.25 ft in height. The four hands of the deity carry a conch, the Sudarshana Chakra ,Gada ( a mace ) and a lotus, and this image is popularly known as ‘Shankh Chakra Gada Padma Chaturbhuj’.

The Temple is considered to be one of the holiest in Chardham , established by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th Century .

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