A Guide to Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura| Timings, Significance & History

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The Dwarkadhish Temple, touted as one of Mathura’s holiest temples, is renowned for its intricate architecture and paintings throughout the nation. The temple was built in 1814 and is relatively modern, but it is highly esteemed. Lord Dwarkadheesh, a form of Lord Krishna known as Dwarkanath, is dedicated to the temple, portrayed in a black marble idol.

A series of exquisite ceiling paintings that show the different facets of the life of the Lord and the beautiful architectural designs and carving of Rajasthani making the complex look much more magnanimous. Currently run by the followers of the Vaishnava sect (started by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya), the Dwarkadhish temple is a center for many interesting activities throughout the year, particularly during the Shravan months when the Lord’s Idol is put inside a Hindola a (sort of a swing set). Holi, Diwali, and Janmashtami are other important festivals that are celebrated.

The temple and its surroundings, situated within the periphery of the holy gate of the city, near the ghats of the Yamuna River, are a center for a lot of interesting activities. Every day, thousands of devotees come here to pay their respects.

Shri Dwarkadheesh Mandir Mathura – Temple Facts

DeityLord Vishnu
LocationMathura, Uttar Pradesh
Significancea black marble idol
Best time to visitOctober to March

Darshan Timing
Monday to Sunday6:30 am – 10:30 am4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Entry FeesFree
Dress CodeTraditional
FestivalsHoli, Janmashtami, and Diwali
PhotographyNot Allowed

Shri Dwarkadheesh Mandir Mathura Darshan and Aarti Timings

Summer – Morning
Mangla Puja6:30 am to 7:00 am
Shringar Puja7:40 am to 7:55 am
Gwal Puja8:25 am to 8:45 am
Rajbhog Puja10:00 am to 10:30 am
Summer – Evening
Utthapan Puja4:00 pm to 4:20 pm
Bhog Puja4:45 am to 5:05 pm
Aarti Puja5:20 pm to 5:40 pm
Sayan Puja6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Winter- Morning
Mangla Puja6:30 am to 7:00 am
Shringar Puja7:40 am to 7:55 am
Gwal Puja8:25 am to 8:45 am
Rajbhog Puja10:00 am to 10:30 am
Winter- Evening
Utthapan Puja3:30 pm to 3:50 pm
Bhog Puja4:20 pm to 4:40 pm
Aarti Puja6:00 pm

Legend of Dwarkadish Murti at Dwarka

The 3rd Murti in this temple is 2.25 feet high in the painted black Murti stone that we see in the Dwarkadish Temple today.

The first Murti to be worshipped by Rukmini, Krishna’s first queen, is now in the temple of Beyt Dwarka. They brought it there to protect it from alien invaders.

Murti, the second, is at a temple in Dakor. There used to be a girl called Badana who used to come from Dakor to Dwarka, the storey goes. One day, Sri Krishna, satisfied with her devotion, agreed to go with her. However, the priests believed that the girl had taken the idol from them. She was chased by them. The girl paid them with the gold she had and took the idol with her. This is how the original idol at Dakor entered the shrine.

The priests at Dwarka had the epiphany that in Savitri Talaav there is another Murti of Sri Krishna. In a panic, they dug up the spot, and the unfinished idol came out. The eyes have not been shaped yet. This is the current image that is worshipped of the Lord of Dwarka.

Other Temples in the complex

When you come in from the Moksha Dwar, you see on your right:

Kusheshwar Mahadev

If you reach the temple from the Moksha Dwar or Northern Entrance, a small Shiva temple with a Lingam a story down from the temple ground is the first temple you encounter. Dwarka was known as Kushasthali and I believe that its presiding deity must have been Kusheshwar Mahadev. He continues even now to be worshipped.

Navgrah Yantra

Kashi Vishvanath Shivalinga, Gayatri Devi Temple, and the temple devoted to Kolva Bhagat are situated on the other side of the entrance.

Around the main temple are temples dedicated to:

  • Aniruddha and Pradyumna Temple
  • Rishi Durvasa Temple – Kul Guru of Krishna
  • Amba Ji Temple – Kul Devi of Krishna
  • Devaki Temple – Krishna’s mother. Her temple is bang opposite the Garbh Griha as if she is overlooking her son all the time.
  • Radha Krishna Temple
  • Beni Madhav, Purushottam Rai & Balram Temples.
  • Pattarani Mahal – this is a separate structure with a courtyard in the middle. There are small temples on all the walls dedicated to Jambavati, Radhika, Saraswati, Laxmi, Satyabhama, Mahalaxmi Narayan & Bal Gopal.
  • Shakti temple or Chalati Mata temple on the 4th floor that is inaccessible to the public.
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi in the form of Paduka.

The Architecture of Dwarkadhish Temple 

Dwarkadhish Temple, founded in 1814 by a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna, Seth Gokul Das Parikh, is renowned for its architecture and paintings. There’s quite a major premise for the temple complex. With a few steep steps leading to the main courtyard, the main structure is magnificently carved in the Rajasthani style entry. Three rows of richly decorated pillars supporting a magnificent painted ceiling are in the middle of the yard. The paintings reflect the narrative of Lord Krishna’s life.

Two gates of Dwarkadish Temple

The temple has two entrances – Moksha Dwar and Swarg Dwar are named North and South. You will love the names of the two doors if you grasp the words Moksha and Swarg. If you want to be released from the chain of birth and death or get Moksha when you die, or you want to be in Swarg or Heaven where you get to live the greatest possible life and Bhog will be the Indian word for that.

There are 56 steps on the side of Swarg Dwar leading from the Gomti Ghats to the shrine. Some oral stories suggest 56 measures reflect 56 Koti or 56 Crore Yadavas, but I wonder if that’s too much of the population.

Inside Dwarkadhish Temple 

The very first thing you see as you ascend the few steep steps leading to the interior of the majestic temple is the five rows of beautifully carved pillars that separate the entire courtyard into three distinct segments; the right lane is for women and the far left lane is for men. Entry is banned in the middle lane, rather than for those with a VIP pass. There is a large box for falling offerings to the Lord.

There is the garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum at the front of the yard where the holy idol is mounted. A curtain is pulled over the door when the Darshan is closed. You will take in the exquisite artwork on the walls and the roof of the courtyard while waiting for the curtains to open. The painting depicts, among others, the scene of Krishna’s birth and the presentation of the Raas Dance by him. You will also see idols of many other Hindu deities and small tulsi trees, apart from the main statue, which is beloved of the Lord and worshipped by his devotees.

Dwarkadhish Temple Festivals 

Janmashtami: Janmashtami, or Lord Krishna’s birthday, is celebrated in the city with zest and excitement. The idol is bathed with wine, honey, and curd at the temple and is cradled in a Palana (crib). The devotees dance and enjoy themselves.

Hindola Utsav: The idol is located within a Hindola (swing set) during the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). The Hindola itself is carved very intricately, and every day there is a new one.

Things To Do at Dwarkadhish Temple 

1. In the morning, on the banks of the Holy River, the Yamuna, you may go to the nearby sacred Vishram ghat and offer your prayers in the form of milk and pedas.

2. You should head to the Vishram ghat before the first darshan of the day (6:00 AM) and after the last darshan (7:30 PM) and enjoy the Yamuna aarti.

3. In the cultural center of Mathura city, the Dwarkadhish temple is located. There are numerous small shops selling bangles, jewelry, and eatables throughout the temple. These shops make it a real treat to shop here.

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