Dwarkadheesh is another name of Lord Krishna which means the ‘King of Dwarka’. It is also known as the Jagat Mandir. The five-floor high sanctuary is built on seventy-two pillars. The temple point is 78.3m (235 feet) high. This beautiful temple is 2000 year old. This temple is a Pushti Marg temple which follows the rituals and guidelines created by Shree vitheleshnathji and Shri Vallabhacharya. One cannot be untouched by the glory of this fascinating temple.
According to a mythological story, Lord Krishna’s grandson, Vajranabha, built the original temple of Dwarkadheesh over the hari-griha where the Lord Krishna’s residential place is situated. The sanctum of the temple is created by the Nija Mandir, or the Jagat Mandir which dates back at least 2500 years. The Jagat Mandir has a hall of audience and a tall tower. The temple has two entrance gates. The north side main entrance is called ‘Moksha Dwara’ which means ‘Door to Salvation’. This entrance opens to the main market. Another entrance at south side is called ‘Swarga Dwara’ which means ‘Gate to Heaven’. The audience hall has both fairly modem and ancient sculptures. The main divinity in this beautiful temple is Lord Dwarkadheesh temple who is on the central altar. The Deity signifies the four-armed form of Vishnu called Trivikrama. There is another temple to the right of the central Deity that contains the Deity of Lord Baladevaji (Balarama), who is considered as the elder brother of Lord Krishna. The temple to the left of the main Deity contains a big idol of Pradyumna and a small idol of Aniruddha, they are the son and grandson of Lord Krishna.
The shrine facing Dwarkadheesh is dedicated to the mother of Lord Krishna, Devaki. Next to this holy place, there is a temple dedicated to Veni-madhava (Lord Vishnu). In the eastern part of the temple complex, there are shrines of Radhikaji, Lakshmi, Jambavati, and Satyabhama. There are also Deity of Saraswati and Lakshmi-Narayana
Dwarka is a significant pilgrimage center. It is steeped in legends, being associated with the life of Lord Krishna. In Puranic times, present-day Dwarka was well-known as Kushasthali or Dwaravati and enjoyed pleasure of place as the most important spot on the Saurashtra coast. It is said that Lord Krishna, after slaying Kansa, left his dwelling at Mathura and traveled with the whole Yadava community to the coast of Saurashtra where he founded a town and named it Swarnadwarika.
Nearly more than thousand of devotees visit this holy shrine every day. The spiritual aura of Dwarkadheesh temple touches the heart of pilgrimages who come to take blessings from Lord Krishna. One must visit this beautiful temple.