Culture in Dwarka
Heritage of Dwarka
Sharrada Peetha: Sharrada Peetha established by Jagat guru Sankaracharya is one of the Mathas. The Matha runs an arts college, an educational society, a Sanskrit academy that guides scholars in Indology and Sanskrit.
Bet Dwarka: Bet Dwarka that is situated at a distance of 5 km from Okha Junction is also known as Bet Shankhoddar. This place is said to be the place where Lord Krishna resided with his family. The place in also known for Vishnu’s attack on the demon Shankhasura. Visitors from different parts of the world visit the site to know more about its historical significance.
Celebrations and Beliefs in Dwarka
After the prayers in the morning and worship, devotes break their fast and offer food to Krishna. The custom of "Dahi-Handi" is celebrated in the fore-noon hours. There is a custom of breaking earthen pots containing buttermilk that is tied higher up. People join hands to create a human pyramid to reach the pot. Those near the pyramid keep throwing water on the group forming the pyramid.
Breaking of the handis is followed with mid-day feast. Sweats made of dairy products and milk is prepared in this auspicious occasion.
Being the legendary dwelling place of Lord Krishna, the city dazzles to the celebration of Janmashtami every year. The city prepares to celebrate the auspicious birthday of Lord Krishna that is joined by millions of tourists from different corners of the globe.
The local administration tightens its security to avoid any untoward situations like stampede in and around the temple premises.
Cuisines in Dwarka
The Dwarkadheesh Mandir is decorated with lights and huge generators installed to ensure uninterrupted power supply. The awe inspiring look of the temple is maintained all through the janmotsav.
Art and Craft of Dwarka
There is a strong belief that individuality of the craftsmen is linked with the religion that has helped improving their skills to a considerable extent. The textile, brass, bronze, frescoes, music, painting manifest their emotions and sense of creativity. Artists emerge religion, nature and creativity in designing clay wood, brass, bronze, and stone.
Calligraphy shows a unique combination of creativity and science. This form of art is passed from the father to the son. The colors never fade and remain fresh for years together. Calligraphy is used for wall decorations and the paintings look fresh even after several years.