Dwarka , West Coast of India


Dwarka ( Dwarawati in ancient Sanskrit literature)  situated on the west coast of India, is an ancient harbour and an important religious centre for Hindus with its strong association with Krishna and the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata . Dwarka has played an important role in the history of maritime activities of Okhamnadal region since the early historical period.

It is believed that due to damage and destruction by the sea, Dwaraka was submerged six times and modern day Dwarka is therefore the seventh incarnation of this temple city. In addition to the ravages of the sea, Dwarka was attacked and the ancient temple destroyed repeatedly by Muslim invaders including Mohammad Shah in 1241and Mahmud Begada in 1473.

Gomati creek, located at the eastern side of Dwarka, served as a safe harbour till the 19th century AD.

Offshore explorations have brought to light a large number of stone structures which appear to be the remains of an ancient jetty.  d ery of a A large number of ancient stone anchors of various types has also been found in Dwarka waters. This flourishing port and religious capital is believed to have submerged under the sea after the death of Lord Krishna.  However there is increasing evidence from underwater research  that the site of the original Dwarka is situated submerged off the coast of a small island called Bet Dwarka.


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