Dwarkadhish Temple - Hindu Religious Place in Rajsamand, Around 65 km away from Udaipur city, the twin town of Rajsamand City and Kankroli is situated.
In this town, on the banks of Rajsamand Lake, the temple of Dwarkadhish is situated. The Dwarkadhish temple is also known by the name 'Kankroli temple'. Lord Krishna resides in here with his beautiful form.
The distance of the temple from the main bus stand of Kankroli is about 1 km. From Mukherjee Chowk, a narrow road leads to the Dwarkadhish temple.
Before the outer entrance of the temple, there is a very beautiful stone arch door, inside which there is parking space for vehicles.
The main temple is built in the form of a beautiful haveli which is also known as Dwarkadhish ki haveli. The flag of the temple can be seen from a distance.
In front of parking, there is a way to the main temple, in which a chowk can be seen after entering. From this chowk, one can go for the darshan of Dwarkadhish. In the main sanctum, the idol of Dwarkadhish is installed which is known as Nidhi.
Who brought idol of lord Krishna?
It is believed that during the time of Maharana Raj Singh, this red stoned idol of Lord Shri Krishna came from Mathura in 1670 AD, which was installed in a small temple on one side of the Rajsamand lake.
Later, along with the construction of Rajsamand Lake, a temple was constructed on the banks of the lake in 1676 AD, which later due to the rise in the water level of the lake got submerged in it.
The present temple was built in 1719 AD during the time of Goswami Girdhar, because of which it is also known as Girdhar Garh. Temple is built in a figure of a grand haveli or a palace, on which the influence of Mewari art can be seen clearly.
In the temple of Dwarkadhish, there are several other places of interest including Mathuradhish, Laddu Gopal, parikrama, time indicating bell of the temple, temple garden, library, etc.
The time indicating bell of the temple is very large and is played every hour and the sound of the bell can be heard for a long distance.
One of the fourth Dhams of Mewar, this temple is related to the Vaishnava and Vallabh sects and is one of the major centers of Pushti Marg. Now let us tell you how Dwarkadhish Peeth was established in Kankroli and what is its relation with Vallabh sects?
In Mewar, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya founded the Vallabh sect, whose Ishta and the principal seat is Shrinathji in Nathdwara.
Dwarkadhish in Kankroli is third peeth
Apart from Shrinathji, Goswami Vitthalnath, son of Vallabhacharya had also established seven other peeths, out of which the Dwarkadhish in Kankroli is the third one.
Gokul became the center of Pushti Marg in Vikram Samvat 1626 during the time of Goswami Vitthalnath. After this, his son Balakrishna established the Dwarkadhish Peeth here in Vikram Samvat 1642.
The grandson of Goswami Balakrishna, Goswami Girdhar adopted Brij Bhushan, the son of his family brother, because he did not have any children of his own.
Due to the family turmoil, Goswami Brij Bhushan took Dwarkadhish to the Raipur locality of Ahmedabad in Vikram Samvat 1720 and established the temple there.
Due to the continuing family disputes, at the end of Samvat 1727 (1778 AD), this third Peeth was established on the banks of the Rajsamand lake in Asotia village of Kankroli from Ahmedabad.
Due to floods in the Asotia village in Samvat 1756 Dwarkadhish was taken to a nearby Magri and where he spent three days under a neem tree.
Now, this Magri is known as Deval Magri and the neem tree under which the Lord spent three days; its wood is used to make the Lord's hatri.
Thus, for a total of 49 years from Samvat 1727 to Samvat 1776 the worship and service of Dwarkadhish continued in Asotia village.
Later, during the time of Girdhar second, the son of Goswami Brij Bhushan, in Samvat 1776, Dwarkadhish was established in a new temple built on the banks of Rajsamand lake.
Because of the installation of the idol in the temple during the time of Girdhar Ji, this temple came to be known as Girdhar Garh.
In the temple of Dwarkadhish, festivals like Janmashtami, Annakoot, Phag, etc are celebrated, but here the festival of Holi is celebrated in a very special way. On the day of Holi, a special Darshan is made by lighting a fire here, which is called the darshan of Raal.
If you want to go to an ancient religious place for faith and tourism, then you must visit the Dwarkadhish temple located on the banks of Rajsamand lake.
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Rachit Sharma (BA English Honours, Second Year, University of Rajasthan)
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