Dwarkadheesh Mandir: Dwarka’s Oldest Temple

Most of us are aware about the temple located in Dwarka sector 12. So this week, we decided to go visit Dwarkadheesh temple and get firsthand information about the temple from the Pandit himself.

At the corner of the busy market street, is a small temple which houses many Gods. Some of you might be regular visitors, others might be familiar with the name. Many might even be aware that it was one of the many ‘pokestops’ during the ‘Pokémon Go’ craze. This temple is the Dwarkadheesh temple.

When asked about what makes this temple special, the Pandit of the temple, Ram Sharma, said that “This temple is the oldest in Dwarka. Before temples started to be constructed in various societies, and before the establishment of Isckon temple, this was the only temple where people would come to get the blessings of God.”

Although the temple seems small, it houses all major deities and thus devotees of most of the Gods can go to this temple and seek their blessings. Among the deities, are Goddesses Durga, Saraswati, Kali, Lakshmi, Parvati and Chamunda mata. There are also shrines of Lord Ram, Vishnu, Krishna, Hanuman, Balaji and Shanidev. Upon entering the temple one can discover a shivalinga. Sainath and Kathushyam are some of the other deities housed in this temple.

“Dwarka gets its name from Dwarka of Gujarat which was a legendary kingdom of Lord Krishna. I am a devotee of Krishna and I am present at the temple every day. There is a small flower shop on the side where people buy offerings for the Gods. Others buy food and sweets to give to the poor living on the footpath across the temple. This temple is popular among the people and many visit it regularly” said an old Pandit clad in a saffron robe.

Before Dwarka became a land of high rise buildings, parks and busy markets, some parts of it came under the colony of Pappankalan, a name dating back to Mughal times. “It may even be possible that the temple was built much earlier than we think. People wanted to connect with the divine at that time too” says Pandit Ram Sharma.

As per the words of the Pandit, the temple is named in dedication to Lord Krishna who is worshipped as the ‘King of Dwarka’.

By Abhijeet Pandey

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