Temple Location :
This Divyadesam is found on Bombay-Oka port rail line.
To reach this Temple, one has to travel via Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Jam Nagar.
Dwaraka railway station is 20 miles away from Oka port and from there we can reach the Temple.
This sthalam deals all the stories that deal with the way he became the king and ruled the
empire and ended the Krishna Avathaar for which it is taken.
Vada Mathura is the sthalam which is the Janma Bhoomi (birth place) of Sri Krishnar; Aayarpadi
is the sthalam where he was brought up and lead his childhood days and this sthalam, the
Dwaraka is the place where his Punya Avathaar ended. Sri Krishnan showed his seva for Brahma
devan, Indiran and all the other Devars and for Vasudevar and Devaki in prison in Vada
Mathura divyadesam (Janma Bhoomi). The same Krsihnar showed his seva for Nandagopar who
brought up Sri Krishnar in Aayarpadi.
After all of his duties are over and the purpose for which he took the Krishna Avathaar was
over, he was killed by an archer, ulupadhan, who aimed at Sri Krishnar's feet thinking it
as an white pigeon. Thus, the avathaar of Sri Krishnar ended in Thiru Dwaraka. In Dwaraka
Sri Krishnar showed his seva to Rukmani, Sathyabama, Jambhavathi and other Ashtamagarishis,
his friends, his sons, neighbours and all of Aayars in Dwaraka. These all persons thought
that Sri Kannan belongs to them, but he belongs to all the Jeevathmas in this mighty world.
Draupadhi who was also named as "Paanjali", married Panja Pandavas and she treated Sri
Krishnar as his own brother. When Draupathi was ill - treated in the midst of Duriyodhan's
palace, Sri Krishnar gave her clothes thereby protecting her. Thus, he gave his seva to
There was a king in Mathura by named "Gargeya" who doesnt have any children. All the Yadhavas
teased on him and as a result of it, he did a severe tapas towards Lord Shivan to bless
with a son who would ride out the Yadhava families. Finally, on satisfied fully on the tapas
of the king, he gave who was named as "Kaalayavannan". Gargeya king and he handed over the
Kingdom to him, so that he could ride away the Yadhavas. He collected all of his troops to make
an attack on the Yadhavas.
Knowing this beofe, Sri Krishnar asked the ocean king to help him out from this, by giving
a place in the ocean a small town can be created and is ruled by Sri Krishnar.
Sri Krishnar asked Vishwakarma to build the town in the land and the place was built in a
beautiful way with lots of streets, theerthams etc. It was built so beautiful that on seeing
it one can say that place as an entering point (Dwaram) to heaven. Since, this place served
as the Dwaram (entering point) to the heaven, this sthalam is called as "Dwaraka". So,
Dwaraka is the place where all the Yadhavas in Mathura are transferred to Dwaraka.
Kaalayavannan attacked Mathura but at that time, since Sri Krishnar and Balaramar are born
as a normal human being, they could not defend him and ran away from him and hide in to a
cave. At the same time, Musukundan was resting there in the cave due to the strain against
his fight again the devars.
Musukundan had got a peculiar varam and it is if any one kicks him, (or) whoever wakes him
up they will be burnt to ash. Likewise, when Kaalayavannan entered into the cave and found
Musukundan and awakened him. As soon as Musukundan opened his eyes, Kaalayavannan was burnt
into ash. Finally, Musukundan felt on the feet of Sri Krishnar and asked for his Vimocchan.
For that Sri Krishnar explained him that in his next birth and in the next Janmam he was
blessed by Sri Narayanan in Badrikasramam.
Another person who got the blessings and seva of this sthalaperumal in Kuchelar, one of his
poor brahmin and he was one of his friends. As soon as Sri Krishnar saw Kuchelar, he invited
him and asked him to be seated.
Sri Krishnar asked him whats the reason he had come for to meet as if he doesnt know the reason.
But, the Emperumaan can easily understand why he has come for. At that time, Kuchelar gave
him some Aval (rice tht is converted to aval after being soaked in water then dried up and
struck hard). On getting the Aval, Sri Krsihnar was so happy on Kuchelar and asked him that
he will give some of his countries for him. But, poor Kuchelar doesnt want any of them, but
he came only to see his one among his old friends. Admired by the great friendship character
of Kuchelar, Sri Krishnar converted his old hut into a very big house and made him as a
wealthy person. This shows how a relationship must be should be between the Paramathma and
It is said that the Dwaraka sthalam exists in two parts. One is found near to the Dwaraka
railway station and is known as "Gomuki Dwaraka" and the other is known as "Pate Dwaraka"
which is found 20 miles away from Gomuki Dwaraka. It is believed that only in pate Dwaraka,
Sri Krishnar lived along with all the Yadhavas and his pirattis.
In Pate Dwaraka, the moolavar is Dwarakanathji, who is found along with Sangu and Chakkaram
in Nindra thirukkolam. In his heart, Sri Lakshmai is found and separate sannadhis for
Kalyanarayar Krishnan, Thiruvikrama moorthy, Sri Lakshmi Narayanar, Devaki, Jambavathi and
Rukmani are found.
The temple is opened for worship from 5 Am in the morning and all the Alangarams (different
ways of dressings) for the perumal are done infront of the bhaktas itself. In the morning,
Dwaraknathji is dressed as a small child, and then as a king and after that as an old aged
sage. Ekantha seva and Thirumanjanam (bath gives to the perumal with holy waters) are done.
About 2 Kms from Dwaraka, there is a separate temple for Rukmani is found, where the idol is
made of white marble in standing pose and the idol is said to be very beautiful.
The Moolavar of this Dwaraka divyadesam is Kalyana Narayanan. He is also called with the
names as Dwarakadesan and Dwarakanathji. Prathyaksham for Droupadhi, Kuchelar, Sathyabama,
Rukmani, Arjunar etc. Moolavar in Nindra Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards west
The thaayar of this kshetram is Kalyana Naachiyar. She is also called as Lakshmi Shree. Along
with her, Rukmani piratti, Ashtamagashis also seen as pirattis in this sthalam.
- Periyalwar - 5 Paasurams
- Andal - 4 Paasurams
- Thirumangai Alwar - 2 Paasurams
- Thirumazhisai alwar - 1 Paasuram
- Nammalwar - 1 Paasuram.
Total - 13 Paasurams.
- Gomathi river.
- Prabhas theertham (the junction point where Gomathi river joins the sea).
Hema Kooda Vimaanam.