Beyt Dwarka (also called Bet Dwarka) or Shankhodhar is an inhabited island off the coast of Okha, Gujarat, India, at the mouth of the Gulf of Kutch. The island extended 13 kilometers from northwest to southeast, with an east-west width of 4 kilometers on average. It is a 30-kilometer-long sand and stone strip located 30 kilometers north of Dwarka.
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About Beyt Dwarka Temple
Sri Krishna lived and reigned as a king in the golden city of Dwarka, as is well known.
Lord Krishna lived in the mythical city of Dwarka. Dwarka is one of India’s seven holiest Hindu sites. Varanasi is considered the holiest of the seven sacred cities. It is believed that as a result of the sea’s damage and destruction. Dwarka has been submerged six times, making the modern Dwarka the region’s seventh such city.
The underwater city’s corals are diverse, ranging from tall sea fans to hydroids to sea anemones.
Beyt Dwarka Temple History
It is believed that Lord Krishna lived in Bet Dwarka, also known as Shankhodhar, while he was king of Dwarka. It is said that Lord Krishna got it as a present from his friend Sudama, and its name derives from the word “bet,” which means “gift.” The ancient epic Mahabharata refers to Bet Dwarka as “Antardvipa,” and it describes how Yadava clan members had to travel there by water. Settlements from the Harappan civilization and the Mauryan era have been found by underwater explorations and excavations.
Eventually, the region was ruled by the Gaekwad clan from the state of Baroda. The Vaghers attacked the region and took control of it during the rising in 1857, but after two years they were forced to accept defeat and return the land to the Gaekwads.
Here, he is referred to as Ranchor Rai and Dwarkadhish. Ranchor Rai, which refers to Sri Krishna when he left Mathura to reestablish his kingdom at Dwarka, literally means “the one who left the war.” The lord of Dwarka is referred to as “Dwarkadhish.” Jai Dwarkashish is the formal salutation used in this town to welcome one another.
Several temples in the complex worship Hanuman, Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi Narayan, Jambavati, Devi, and others in addition to the main temple.
Other Attractions Nearby Beyt Dwarka
- Sri Keshavraj Ji Temple
- Hanuman Dandi
- Abhaya Mata Mandir
- Jain Temples
Beyt Dwarka Timings
Timings:- 06:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Best time to visit At Bet Dwarka
The best time to visit is during Janmashtami which is celebrated with great fervor. Wintertime, or the month from October to March, is the best time to explore Beyt Island.
Bet Dwarka Entry Fee
No Entry Fee
Bet Dwarka Boat Timings
Timings:- 06:00 AM – 07:00 PM
How To Reach Beyt Dwarka
Okha port is the nearest bus station and is well connected.
Porbandar Airport (95 km) and Jamnagar Airport (145 km) are the closest airports to Dwarka.
Okha Railway Station has a good rail network.
Bet Dwarka Boat Ticket Price
Rs. 10 to Rs.30 per person for Public Boat & Rs. 2000 for Private Boat.
Bet Dwarka Contact Number
Contact Number:- 02892-234080