This is continuation of my albums of Gujarat 1 and 2. This album consists of photographs taken in and around Dwarka and Beth Dwarka. "Beth" is derived from the Hindi word Bhet or to meet. It is here that Krishna met his old friend Sudama.
Beth Dwarka or Shankhodhar is an inhabited island at mouth of Gulf of Kutch situated 3 km off the coast of Okha, Gujarat, India. From Dwarka one has to take a ferry ride and reach Beth Dwarka.
This album is essentially random pictures of the boats, some water bodies on the way to Somnath, people standing patiently in a line waiting to get into Beth Dwarka, street food and one photograph of the famous Somnath temple.
The Somnath temple which located in Somnath about 5 kms from the town of Veraval is one of the most important temples of India dedicated to God Shiva. This temple was repeatedly attacked and destroyed by the Moghul invaders the details of which are recorded in history. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1950. It is the seventh temple built to commemorate the glory of Lord Somnath another manifestation of God Shiva.
According to legend, Soma, the moon God constructed this temple as a gesture after Lord Shiva cured him of his illness. This illness was caused by his (Soma's) father-in-law Daksha Prajapati's curse. Daksha cursed him to wane as he was infatuated with Rohini and was neglecting the other 26 wives, all 26 of whom were the daughters of Prajapati. It is said that Brahma advised him to build the temple in honour of Shiva. The names of these 27 daughters of King Daksha are attributed to the 27 stars that are a part of the Indian astrology.
Security is very strict in and around the temple. No photography is permitted inside the temple premises. There are walls and barricades around the outer periphery and hence very limited vantage points for photographing this magnificent temple.