The Dwarkadhish temple, also known as the Jagat Mandir and occasionally spelled "Dwarakadheesh" (Gujarati:દ્વારકાધીશ મન્દિર; Sanskrit and Hindi: द्वारकाधीश मन्दिर), is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or 'King of Dwarka'.
The main shrine of the 5-storied building, supported by 72 pillars, is known as Jagat Mandir or Nija Mandir, archaeological findings suggest it to be 2,200 - 2,000 years old.Temple was enlarged in the 15th- 16th century.The Dwarkadhish Temple is a Pushtimarg temple, hence it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Shree Vallabhacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji.
This sthalam deals all the stories that deal with the way he became the king and ruled the empire and ended the Krsihna Avathaar for which it is taken.Vada Mathura is the sthalam which is the Janma Bhoomi (birth place) of Sri Krishnar; Aayarpadi is the sthalam where he was brought up and lead his childhood days and this sthalam, the Dwaraka is the place where his Punya Avathaar ended.
Sri Krishnan showed his seva for Brahma devan, Indiran and all the other Devars and for Vasudevar and Devaki in prison in Vada Mathura divyadesam (Janma Bhoomi). The same Krsihnar showed his seva for Nandagopar who brought up Sri Krishnar in Aayarpadi.After all of his duties are over and the purpose for which he took the Krishna Avathaar was over, he was killed by an archer, ulupadhan, who aimed at Sri Krishnar's feet thinking it as an white pigeon.
Thus, the avathaar of Sri Krishnar ended in Thiru Dwaraka. In Dwaraka Sri Krishnar showed his seva to Rukmani, Sathyabama, Jambhavathi and other Ashtamagarishis, his friends, his sons, neighbours and all of Aayars in Dwaraka. These all persons thought that Sri Kannan belongs to them, but he belongs to all the Jeevathmas in this mighty world.
The Dwarkadhish place was once known as Sudhamapuri. This is the birth place of Sudhama popularly known as Kuchela in Bhagawatha Purana. The temple has five storey with 60 sculptures of exquisite beauty attracting tourists.
It is said that the Dwaraka sthalam exists in two parts. One is found near to the Dwaraka railway station and is known as "Gomuki Dwaraka" and the other is known as "Pate Dwaraka" which is found 20 miles away from Gomuki Dwaraka. It is believed that only in pate Dwaraka, Sri Krishnar lived along with all the Yadhavas and his pirattis.
In Pate Dwaraka, the moolavar is Dwarakanathji, who is found along with Sangu and Chakkaram in Nindra thirukkolam. In his heart, Sri Lakshmai is found and separate sannadhis for Kalyanarayar Krishnan, Thiruvikrama moorthy, Sri Lakshmi Narayanar, Devaki, Jambavathi and Rukmani are found.
The temple is opened for worship from 5 Am in the morning and all the Alangarams (different ways of dressings) for the perumal are done infront of the bhaktas itself. In the morning, Dwaraknathji is dressed as a small child, and then as a king and after that as an old aged sage.
Ekantha seva and Thirumanjanam (bath gives to the perumal with holy waters) are done.About 2 Kms from Dwaraka, there is a separate temple for Rukmani is found, where the idol is made of white marble in standing pose and the idol is said to be very beautiful.
Moolavar - Dwarakanathar (Dwarakeesh)
Thayar - Bhama, Rukmini, Radha
Old year - 3000 years old
Historical Name - Sudhamapuri