About The Place: A small island off the coast of Dwarka and accessed via Okha is home to the namesake temple, and supposedly the residence of Lord Krishna when he arrived here. The establishment of the temple is credited to Guru Vallabhacharya. Apart from the main temple, others in the complex commemorate Hanuman, Vishnu, Shiva, Lakshmi Narayan, Jambavati, Devi and others.
Brief History: Bet Dwarka, also known as Shankhodhar, is said to have been the residence of Lord Krishna during his ruling years at Dwarka. It derived its name from the word ‘bet’ which translates to ‘gift’ and is believed that Lord Krishna received it from his friend Sudama. In the ancient epic, Mahabharata, Bet Dwarka is known by the name of ‘Antardvipa’ to which people of the Yadava clan needed to travel by boat. Explorations and excavations carried out under the sea have revealed the presence of settlements whose age can be traced back to the era of the Harappan civilisation and that of the Mauryan rule. In the later years, the region was under the administration of the Gaekwad clan of the state of Baroda. During the revolt of 1857, Vaghers attacked the region and captured it, but had to concede defeat in two years and return the region back to the Gaekwads.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between November and February, and during Janmashtami which is celebrated with great fervour.
Avoid evenings, as the boat connectivity can be sporadic and delayed. The foundation of a sea-bridge connecting Okha to Bet Dwarka has already been laid in 2017.
By Road Okha port is the nearest bus station and is well connected.Take a ride for 15 minutes in a public ferry from Okha shipyard to visit the temple.
By Train Okha has a good rail network. Take a ride for 15 minutes in a public ferry from Okha shipyard to visit the temple.
By Air Porbandar (95 km) and Jamnagar (145 km) are the closest airports to Dwarka. Take a ride for 15 minutes in a public ferry from Okha shipyard to visit the temple.