Krishna Pilgrimages - Dwarka

Krishna Pilgrimages - Dwarka

 

The Seven Sacred Cities of Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Banaras, Kanchi, Ujjain, and Dwarka are known as Mokshada, meaning "bestower of liberation", 
 
and these sites are believed to confer liberation upon all persons who die within their boundaries. Dwarka, one of these seven sacred cities, is also listed 
 
among the Four Divine Abodes.
 
Situated on the extreme western tip of the Kathiawar, Dwarka is one of the four most holy Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and is closely related to the 
 
Krishna legend. It was here that Krishna set up his capital after Mathura. Dwarkanath, the name of the main temples here, is dedicated to Krishna.
 
Located in the western state of Gujarat, it has the fascinating and extremely beautiful Jagatmandir temples, bordered on one side by the ocean coast and on 
 
the other side by the town of Dwarka. One of India's oldest and most venerated pilgrimage sites, Dwarka's archaeological and historical background is 
 
shrouded in mystery. 
 
Mythologically, Dwarka was the site chosen by Garuda, the Divine Eagle, who brought Krishna here when he departed Mathura. Krishna founded the 
 
beautiful city and lived there the remaining years of his life until he died in 3102 BC. Legends tell that Dwarka was once entirely swept away by a great tidal 
 
wave and scholars confer that the oldest parts of the Jagatmandir temples may only date to the relatively recent re-buildings of the Gupta period in 413 AD. 
 
The pilgrimage shrine of Jagatmandir in Dwarka is thus highly charged with the quality or energy of devotion and will awaken and amplify that quality in 
 
visiting pilgrims.
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