Rukmani Temple

CategoryHindu Temples

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressRukmani Temple Dwarka Location: Rukmani Temple, Dwarka, Gujarat, India.


About Rukmani Temple


By road Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.

By rail Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to Jamnagar (137 km).

By air Nearest airport is Jamnagar (137 km).


There is a Rukmini Devi temple a few kilometers from the Dwarkadhish Temple. If you see the temple on a map you will notice that it is by a road that is set apart from the town. While the town of Dwarka is itself quite congested, this particular road does not have any establishments or houses.

While at the temple, the priest made the devotees sit while he recited a story. The story was quite engrossing, but the smell of socks on devotees that had not seen soap or water for days, perhaps weeks, was an olfactory experience no less engrossing.

Anyway, the story goes something like this. Rukmini and Krishna had been married, and living in Dwarka. One day, they went to the sage Durvasa and invited him to come to their palace for food. Now, Durvasa muni was a person with a hair-trigger temper. It didn’t take long to anger him. In fact, there is a story in the Mahabharata that talks about Duryodhana’s attempts to get the sage to curse the Pandavas, but that is another story (that story does not find a mention in the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata, a pity). Coming back to the story, Durvasa muni agreed, but on the condition that the he be seated on a chariot, and both Krishna and Rukmini pull the chariot. The couple agreed, and the sage set off. Dwarka can get hot in the summers, and pulling a chariot is no mean feat, even for the Lord. So, after some time, the dainty Rukmini was thirsty. But how could she have any water before the sage, a guest, an honoured guest at that, and an easily offended sage with vast yogic powers, was fed? Well, Krishna could not bear his wife’s thirst, and he struck his toe into the ground, and sprouted fresh water from the ground. Rukmini slaked her thirst. The rishi noticed that. He flew into a rage. No amount of repentance could assuage his anger. Out came a curse. Rukmini would live separately from Krishna. For a period of twelve years. But the sage was not done. Furthermore, there would be no fresh water to be found in Dwarka. Fresh water would have to be fetched to the city from far away.

And so it came to pass that Krishna’s principal wife, Rukmini, has a temple, but outside Dwarka.

Famous for

According to a popular myth, this temple dedicated to Rukmini, the wife of Lord Kishna lies away from the main shrine for the following reason: once when the lord and his wife went to invite Durvasa Muni to Dwarka, he asked them to carry him to the place in a chariot on their backs. The couple happily agreed for the same and began commuting. While on their way, Rukmini felt thirsty, and Krishna goaded the earth to obtain the holy Ganga water. But Rukmini drank the water without offering a sip to Durvasa Muni which irked him, and he cursed that she would be separated from her husband.

Best time to Visit

Dwarkadheesh Temple is also known as the Jagad Mandir and it is made from limestone and sand. The spire of the temple is about 170 feet high. Pooja Timings are as follows.

Morning 6:30AM to Afternoon 1:00PM and Evening 5.00 to 9.30 Morning Timings

Best time to Go

Morning 6:30AM to Afternoon 1:00PM and Evening 5.00 to 9.30 Morning Timings

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