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Beyt Dwarka Beach, Jamnagar

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Bet Dwarka or Shankhodhar is an inhabited island at mouth of Gulf of Kutch situated 3km off the coast of Okha, Gujarat, India. The island is measured northwest to southeast in 13km with an average 4km in east-west direction. It is a strip of sand and stone situated 30km north of town of Dwarka.HistoryBet 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.The island, along with Okhamandal region, was under Gaekwad of Baroda State. During Indian rebellion of 1857, the Vaghers captured the region in 1857. Later by joint offensive of British, Gaekwad and other princely states troops ousted the rebels and recaptured the region in 1859.
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  • Ancient abode of Lord Krishna, this island was broken from mainland India many years ago. Dating back to the times of Mahabharata, this place is a must see!  more »
  • his temple is situated on Island wich is 29 Km far from main dwarkadheesh temple. As people say it should be visited while you visiting main dwarkadheesh temple. This is good place as you have to take...  more »
  • need to visit dwarka its a good religious place it the right time to go weather is also good .. .....  more »