Let me open the grand doors of “The kingdom of Lord” !
An island, a historical site or a pilgrimage of Hindus, whatever you may call it, captivates you with it’s surroundings and great history.
Bet Dwarka, popularly known as the ‘kingdom of Lord Krishna’ is a small island situated some 30 miles away from Dwarka. Last year I had the privilege to visit this mystical place. Let me open the doors of mystery and history.
Bet Dwarka is considered the part of the ancient city in Indian epic literature Dvārakā found in Mahabharata and Skanda Purana. Gujarati scholar Umashankar Joshi suggested that Antardvipa in Sabha Parva of Mahabharata can be identified as Bet Dwarka as Yadava of Dwarka said to travel to it by boats. It derived its name Shankhodhar as the island is a large source of conch shells (Shankh). Archeological remains found under the sea suggest the existence of settlement during Late Harappan period of Indus Valley Civilization or immediately after it. It can be reliably dated to times of Maurya Empire. It was a part of Okha Mandal or Kushdwip area. Dwarka is mentioned in the copper inscription dated 574 AD of Simhaditya, the minister of Vallabhi under Maitraka. He was the son of Varahdas, the king of Dwarka. Source: Wikipedia