Guj: દ્વારકા dvārakā

‘Gated City’ [Dwaravati, Mokshapuri, Dwarkamati]  -City/District, Gujarat

From Skt: dvāram, ‘door’, ‘gateway’; and ; and Skt: vāṭī, ‘site’, ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

Dvāravatī suggests a city with many gates, or perhaps having one or several very grand gates, 

Legends tell of a glittering city founded in ancient times by Lord Krishna and subsequently submerged in a great flood; and excavations have indeed identified ruins on the seabed. It is one of the most sacred sites in India and pilgrims flock here to visit the sacred shrines and take a dip in the river.

Dwarka is regarded as one of the most important and most ancient  pilgrimage sites in India. It is one of the seven cities [Sapta Puri] in India which can bestow SKT: mokṣa, ‘liberation’ [the others are Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi,  Kanchipuram, and Ujjain].

The Dwarkadhish Temple or Jagat Mandir has a black-marble idol of Lord Krishna wordhipped here as Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka’.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Gujarat place names.

 

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