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Gujarat - Bet Dwarka - The Island of Sri Krishna
Bet Dwarka, a Hindu pilgrimage, is not very far away from Dwarka. Ferry services to Bet Dwarka are available from Okha. It would take an hour to reach Okha from Dwarka by bus. You can travel by train to Okha from Dwarka as well. Okha is just 32 km away from Dwarka. The Bet Dwarka bank, the starting point of all the vessels, is located right at the entrance of the city. Ride on a speed boat to cross the distance of 5 km from Okha to Bet Dwarka and enjoy the sight of the Arabian ocean. Even though trains are also available to Okha from Dwarka, but it’s preferred to visit Okha by bus.
Plenty of mythological tales are associated with Dwarka. The arrangements of keeping cannons at the northern side of Bet Dwarka demonstrate the historical value of the city. When the level of the water goes down, a 7 meter long rampart is seen in Bet Dwarka. Stones are arranged in four different layers to build the rampart. Excavations had revealed the existence of countless numbers of substances of Mahabharata era. These stuffs are quite similar to those substances which were excavated in Dwarka. It is believed that this was the city where the queen of the emperor Sri Krishna used to live at. This was the reason why King Sri Krishna used to visit Bet Dwarka once in a while. 57 temples situated in and around the city, are dedicated to the queens of Sri Krishna.
All the significant temples which are visible today were built during 19th century. The peak less temple of Ranchhodji or Dwarkadhish is the prime and foremost one. The idol of this temple is placed on a silver throne and is made up of black stones. The well ornamented quadrilateral idol of Ranchhodji looks charming. The most interesting and surprising part is that, the eyes of the deity are not attached with the idol. The fabulous Natmandir of the Ranchhodji temple showcases beautiful idols of the queens (of Lord Sri Krishna), such as, Patrani, Radharani, Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati and Devaki. The attractiveness and appeal of the portraits, maintained in Natmandir truly deserve praise of the large number of pilgrims who are attracted towards the divine power.
Don’t forget to buy tasty Laddoos to get blessings of the God, Ranchhodji.
Spiritual crowds would really have a nice time at Shakha-Narayan or Krishna temple. The adjoining Shakha Talav pulls a number of religious people as well. The earthquake that had taken place in 2001 has sadly taken a toll on the structure of the holy Krishna temple. The Krishna temple, one of the prime and foremost attractions for the holy groups of pilgrims, is open to the interested people during 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The generator is supplying power to illuminate the entire terrain of the divine temple during 7 p.m. to 00:00 hours.
Apart from the historical temples, a number of religious spots, such as, Sri Sitaram Omkarnath Ashram, Hanuman Dari, Padam Tirtha, Ram Dwarka, Karmani, Gift spot of Sudama and Dargah Haji Karma, are scattered around.
When you are at Okha and you have decided to go beyond to reach Bet Dwarka, spend a little bit of time watching the pictures of the ancient port of Okha. You are not allowed to take snaps of the fort though. If you have some time, then you can take a walk to watch the nearby fisheries museum and aquarium in Okha.
How to reach: Bet Dwarka can be accessed by a boat from Okha.
Where to stay: Even though a hotel namely Hotel Star is there at Okha but there is no hotel in Bet Dwarka. Tourists and pilgrims, nevertheless, can stay at Dharamshalas in Bet Dwarka. Check our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, options and online bookings.