Sri Dwarkadhish Gopal Mandir
At a distance of 2 km from Ujjain Junction, Gopal Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the holy city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Situated in the middle of the bustling Big Market Square, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Ujjain, and among the best places to visit in Ujjain.
Also called as Dwarkadhish temple, Gopal Mandir is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple was built in the 19th century by Bayaji bai Shinde, the wife of Maratha King Daulatrao Shinde in the 19th century. Gopal Mandir is the second largest temple in Ujjain after Mahakaleshwar. Actually, it is a vintage property that belongs to Scindia estates later on turns into a temple. The Dwarkadhish Gopal Mandir is said to be about two hundred years old.
Exhibiting a brilliant specimen of Maratha architecture, the temple is a marble-towered structure. The temple houses a two-foot-tall silver gilded statue of Lord Krishna placed on a marble-inlaid altar with silver-plated doors. There is a myth about the silver-plated doors that had been stolen by Mahmud Ghazi from the Somnath Temple and it was taken back to Lahore by Mahmud Shah Abdali who was an Afghan invader. After a long struggle, the doors were recovered and were installed at the Gopal Mandir. Besides, the temple also features idols of Lord Shiva, Parvati, and Garuda.
Janmashtami and Harihar Parva are celebrated with great pomp in this temple complex. The festival of Harihar Parva marks the meeting of Lord Krishna (Hari) and Lord Shiva (Har). Lord Mahakal arrives in the temple at the stroke of midnight to visit Lord Krishna. The grand puja continues for 2 hrs.
Timings: 5 AM - 7 PM