The mystery of Dwarka have been described by many saints and sages of ancient India and it is very deep and mysterious in all stories. There was one, in the olden times, a city of gold (literally!). A mysterious kingdom which lay in the midst of the sea. It’s 900 palaces of gold shone in the sun. Legends surrounding this mystical city fascinated poets and scholars for centuries. The story about the city is as much magical as the story of the man who built it. The man who is the heart and soul of Hinduism; Lord Krishna.
Poets have described the radiance cast by the island city as spreading over miles in the sea. Lord Krishna ruled the hearts of millions upon millions of devotees, he does so today as well. Dwarka as the golden city was called, had many ‘Dwaras’ or ‘Gateways’ that were connected to the mainstream land via bridges.
The story of Dwarka is told in the sacred scripture Srimad Bhagavatam. It is said that when Krishna was ruling the city of Mathura, the kingdom was repeatedly attacked by Jarasandha, the tyrant King of Magadha (the present day Bihar), around 17 times. He did lose every time but when he attacked for the 18th time, Krishna decided to build a separate city on an island in the Western coast of India, to save his citizens, his Yadava clan from the trouble of repeated wars. The city was built by the divine architect, Lord Vishwakarma himself.
The city was well fortified and could be reached only by ship. Dwarka soon became a talking point everywhere, and commanded awe and wonder all over the world. When Lord Krishna went for his heavenly abode, the city also sank.
Archeologists have recently found an underwater kingdom of the coast of Dwarka town in Gujarat, supposed to be the original Dwarka.
The discovery of the legendary city of Dwarka was an important landmark in the history of India. It dispelled the doubts raised by historians about the historicity of Mahabharata and Lord Krishna, and the very existence of Dwarka city. It has extended the history of Indian civilization from the present day to Vedic age.