|Dwarka, the city of gold. Dwarka, the abode of Shri
Krishna. This is how devotees think of the city where Lord Krishana
settled over 5000 years ago after leaving Mathura for ever, and where he
reigned for 100 years. For pilgrims Dwarka's, presiding deity remains Shri
Krishna, and they flock there in their thousands for all parts of India
and abroad. The temple, towering over the surrounding buildings was built
1400 years ago. It has several floors and is built of sandstone. The
interior is simple while the exterior is covered with elaborate carvings.
Janmashtami, the birthday of Shri Krishna, is celebrated with great
splendour. Rows of lights are lit everywhere, kirtans and bhajans are
sung, sermons are delivered and Krishna is worshipped in his infant form.
Thousands of people go to Dwarka to visit the temple and participate in
the fair. After visiting the main temple, devotees go to Shankhoddhar Beyt.
There are some other important temples, both old and new. Among these is
the temple of Shank-Narayan, dedicated to the Matsyavatar, the incarnation
of Vishnu as a fish. This was constructed over 200 years ago.