Maha Kumbha 2013 : Dwaraka Maţha

Dwarka stands at the shore of the Arabian Sea in Gujarat. The Dwaraka piţha or Dwaraka maţha is situated in the coastal city of Dwaraka, Gujarat which itself is a popular destination of pilgrimage for the Hindus, dedicated to Krishna. It is one of the four cardinal mathas said to have been founded by Adi Sankaracarya, and is the pascimamnaya matha, or western matha. It is also known as the Kalika Matha, and, as per the tradition initiated by Adi Shankara, is in charge of the Sama Veda.

The current head or Shankaracharya of this order is Swami Svarupananda Sarasvati, who is also the head of the corresponding northern matha at Jyotirmath.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shri Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati ji Maharaj of Dwarka Sharada and Badri Jyotish Peetham (at present holding two peethams)

Swami Svarupananda Sarasvati

Somnath Temple

Jagat Mandir Dwarka is famous for the temple of Dwarkadhish, the ` Lord of Dwarka' also known as Jagat Mandir or temple of the world. It is sup- posed to have been constructed over 1400 years ago, although many claim that it is even older. It houses the image of Lord Krishna and is the beacon which draws pilgrims from all over India and abroad. Magnificently built on traditional lines, the temple has five floors and is profusely carved from base to pinnacle. The festival of Lord Krishna's birth is celebrated there every year in the auspicious month of Shravan with great splendour and amidst great rejoicing. Navratri and other festivals celebrated there during the year recall special events in the Lord's life. It is during these festivals, redolent as they are with mystic fervor and joy, that the true significance of Dwarka can be understood.

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