Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka – An Architectural Wonder!

The splendid Dwarkadhish temple, in Dwarka is situated the on bank of river Gomti. The temple is one among the Chaar Dhaam and very auspicious place of worship especially for Vaishnavites. Not just spiritually but even the architecture of the temple leaves you in awe. The five storey temple, 50+mtrs tall is based on 72 exquisitely carved pillars. The roof of the main hall itself is supported on 60 pillars. The temple is spread 90 feet in the east-west direction and 70 feet in the north-south direction. There is no arch in the temple while the pillars are built from one stone. The spire of the temple is 78.3 m high (that would be 260 feet). That is like having a twenty-five storey building. I can imagine in the years gone by, with a flat coastline and no other buildings that are tall, this temple would have been a very prominent and visible beacon to travelers from miles away, both onshore and offshore. The inner temple supposedly was always there and the subsequent enlargement in the form of an assembly hall known, as Ladwa mandap and the awe-inspiring Shikhara are dated back to the 15th century. Whole construction is done by limestone and sand. The original temple is said to have been built by Krishna’s grandson Vajranabha around 400 BC. It was destroyed by Mohmud Begada in 1473 AD and the present temple was constructed by enlarging the older structure (the main hall).

जय श्री कृष्णा

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8 thoughts on “Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka – An Architectural Wonder!

    • You know what. When you visit Beyt Dwarka, a small island in the sea away from Dwarka, you actually get to see many things that looks like broken pieces from construction. Then someone told me that is the area of sea where underwater excavation was done. And they actually found a city underwater. I will soon put up a post on that with all photographs.

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