Dwarkadhish Temple - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Mathura Jn Railway Station): 4 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 4 km from Mathura Junction Railway Station, Dwarkadheesh Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Mathura. It is located near the banks of river Yamuna, close to Vishram Ghat and Gatashram Tila. It is one of the top places to visit in Mathura and also one of the most visited Mathura temples.

The main deity of the temple is Lord Dwarkadheesh, a form of Lord Krishna. This temple is also famous by other names like Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir. It is believed that this temple was built by Lord Krishna's grandson Vajranabha. The present temple was built by Seth Gokuldas Parikh, the treasurer of Gwalior State in 1814. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna and erected the shrine to commemorate the deity.

The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, carvings, and paintings. This five storied building is supported by seventy two pillars. The main shrine has the images of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha. The idol of Lord Dwarkadheesh is made from shiny black stone and it is about 2.25 feet in height. This idol has four hands carrying a mace, a Sudarshana Chakra, a conch and a lotus flower. Apart from the image of Radha-Krishna, the shrine also has images of other Hindu gods. Presently, the temple is managed by the followers of Vallabhacharya sect. The temples of Krishna Varaha and Shwet Varaha are also nearby.

Festivals like Holi, Janmashtami and Diwali are celebrated with lot of pomp and grandeur in the temple. During these occasions thousands of tourists visit the temple.

Timings: 7 AM - 1 PM and 5 PM - 9.30 PM