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The Dwarkadhish temple is dedicated to the Lord Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or 'King of Dwarka'. The primary shrine of the 5-storied building, is supported by 72 pillars, and is also known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir. The temple is believed to be 2,200 - 2,000 years old. Temple was enlarged in the 15th- 16th century.
According to legends, the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha, at Lord Krishna's residential place. The temple became part of the Char Dham pilgrimage considered sacred by Hindus in India, after Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century Hindu theologian and philosopher, visited the shrine. The other three being comprising Rameswaram, Badrinath and Puri. Even today a memorial within the temple is dedicated to his visit. Dwarakadheesh is the 108th Divya Desam of Lord Vishnu on the subcontinent, glorified in the Divya Prabandha sacred texts.
The flag on top of the temple shows the sun and moon. The flag is changed from 5 times a day, but the symbol remains the same. The temple is constructed of limestone which is still in pristine condition. The temple shows intricate sculptural detailing done by successions of dynasties that ruled the region. There are two entrances to the temple. The main entrance is called Moksha Dwara. This entrance takes one to the main market. The south entrance is called Swarga Dwara. Outside this doorway are 56 steps that leads to the Gomati River.
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