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Dwarkadhish Temple
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Dwarkadhish Temple is a vital temple of Mathura as well as the entire country. Created in the year 1814, Dwarkadhish Temple is located at the core of Mathura city, at a close distance from Yamuna River. Seth Gokul Das, a treasurer of Gwalior created Dwarkadhish Temple. It is presently administered by the followers of Vallabhacharya group. Apart from religious reason, the temple is architecturally quite interesting.

Religious Significance

Dwarkadhish Temple is an irresistible portion of religious memorials in Mathura. This temple is dedicated to lord Krishna and thus in the manner of other temples of Krishna, Janmasthami is the primary festival of Dwarkadhish Temple. This festival is celebrated with great passion and devotion. Apart from Janmasthami, other big festivals in Dwarkadhish Temple are Jhulan Yatra, Holi and Diwali. During these celebrations, the entire environment of Dwarkadhish Temple displays splendour and sumptuousness. The gold refined swipes in the temple are gorgeously decorated with accessories, jasmine flower, colourful chaplets and rose water. In festive season, Dwarkadhish Temple's setting become highly captivating which leaves every visitor enthralled. Devotees from all over the nation arrive in this holy place in order to obtain blessing from lord Krishna.

Mythology

There is a great mythology regarding how lord Krishna become Dwarkadhish. During the existence of lord Krishna in Mathura, the king of Magadha, Jarasandha attacked Mathura for about 17 times. Every time, the people of Mathura courageously nauseated the attacks under the guidance of Krishna. Krishna comprehended that the power of Jarasandha lies in his dependence on Hans and Dhimak. Thus, with brilliant prudence, Lord Krishna ingeniously executed Hansa and Dhimak. It was the strategy of war. After the demise of Hans and Dhimak, Jarasangha got scared and his forces also lost the confidence. However, with impressive effort, Jarasangha again developed an army and attacked Mathura for 18th times. On this time, a member of Yadava family named Vikrendu told a vicious truth that the attacks in Mathura are occurring due to lord Krishna and the people of Mathura although have boundless love for him cannot compensate for the responsibilities on them. Due to several attacks, the civic life of Mathura become entirely interrupted. Business and market have been ruined. The people are unable to attend agricultural activities and hence the development of the city is stalled. Apart from that, there are threats for more attacks from Jarasangha on Mathura. Hence, it was told that for the advantages of the people of Mathura, lord Krishna should leave the town. After hearing the bitter truth, the entire assembly on that time was shocked and quiet. Furthermore, the father of lord Krishna named Vasudeb also supported the words of Vikrendu in the assembly. Soon lord Krishna understood that the people will have to face several threats due to him and hence decided to leave Mathura. Lord Krishna also advised Yadava family to live on the basis of ideals he taught. Subsequently, lord Krishna went to Saurashtra where he created Dwarka city which is also known as the 'city of gold'. He created a kingdom which is based on the norm of true religion named ‘Dhrama Rajya', where he become Dwarkadhish, the sovereign of Dwarka.

Architectural Significance

The architecture of Dwarkadhish Temple is quite interesting with attractive statues and images. The main memorial of the temple holds the idol of lord Krishna along with his beloved Radha. Moreover, Dwarkadhish Temple also has idols of other Hindu deities. The architecture of the temple has the foretaste of local arts and design. The interiors of Dwarkadhish Temple boasts outstanding construction with bright carvings and delicate pictures.

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