Dwarka, as we all know, one of the Main - 4 - pilgrim centers, according to Hindu Religion. The 4 places are identified as 'DHAM' viz. Dwarka, Badrinath, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwar.
It is also considered one of the seven 'Moksha Puris.'
Dwarka is considered to be more important from Religious point of view particularly because it has dual importance as a DHAM and also as a 'Moksha Puri.'
Lord Dwarkadhish is being worshipped at Dwarka throughout the year. Many minor festivals are celebrated during the whole year.
However, certain important festivals have more importance and they are celebrated at Dwarkadhish Temple.
The prominent festivals, month wise (according to Hindu calendar) are as under.
Kartik: The first day of the month is a New Year day according to Hindu calendar. The deity is decorated excellently.
Annakut utsav is performed today. In this festival hundreds of verities of sweet as well as other food items are put before the Lord with a sense of dedication. It is rare DARSHAN for anybody in his life.
The Second day of the month is BHAI-BIJ Darshan.
The fifth day of the month is LABH PANCHAMI.
TULSI VIVAH is celebrated as a Marriage festival of Lord VISHNU with TULSI. It starts from 11th day of this month and last for - 4 - days. On 15th day of the month it is a day of and on that day the ceremony of Tulsi-Vivah ends.
Magsar: According to Hindu Astrology the Sun travels through 'Sagittarius' sign ordinarily during this month. As it is called 'Dhanur Rashi', hence the entire month is being celebrated as 'Dhanur Mas' at Dwarkadhish Jagat Mandir.
Posh: The sun will change its sign from Sagittarius and will enter into Capricorn on 14th January which is celebrates a Makar - Sankranti in the temple. We have a special Darshan on this day. The next festival will come on 14-01-2003.
Maha: The fifth day of this month is celebrated in the temple as Vasant Panchmi. This is also a special Darshan and celebration at Jagat Mandir.
Phagun: The 15th day of this month and next day too are celebrated as HOLI and DHULETI.
These are festivals of colors. These have a great significance as festivals of Color - JOY and happiness.
Chitra: The 9th day of the month is celebrated as Rama Navmi. It is birth festival of Lord Shri Ram. In afternoon a special Aarti is performed in mark of celebration of Rama Navmi.
Vaishakh: The 3rd day of this month is identified as AKSHAY - TRUTIYA.
The summer season considered to be commenced from today.
The Lord idol from today onwards will have flower Dress instead of usual dress.
CHANDAN DRESS will be a special Darshand of this day.
Jayestha [Jeth]: On 11th day of the month considered being Bhima Akadashi. ThDeity will have an end to flower dress from this day.
Ashadh: The 2nd day of this month is celebrated as Ratha Yathra day. The small symbol of the Lord is put into a chariot in mark of celebration of Rath-Yatra festival.
Shravan: Janmastami [Krishna Janmahotsav] is the most important festival in Dwarka temple. The birth festival of Lord Krishna is being celebrated every year with great Zeal, devotion and Bhakti. Thousands of Pilgrims come today to Dwarka for Darshan of Lord Dwarkadhish.
Bhadra Pada [Bhadarvo]: The 12th day of this month is celebrated as Vaman Jayanti. Special Darshan is organized to mark the celebration.
Aashwin [Asho]: The 10th day is celebrated as Dushera, it is a victory day. Subsequently, very important celebration and Darshan of Deepavli Festival will be from the 20 th day from Dushera. fall as under.
Dhan Teras, Roop Choudas [Kali Chaudas] and Deepotsavi:
These festivals have tremendous importance in Dwarkadhish Temple Dwarka. Deepotsavi is celebrated as festival of lights and is also considered as the last day of the Hindu calendar year.
Janmashtami, the day Shri Krishna was born, is celebrated with great splendour. Rows of lights are lit everywhere, kirtans and bhajans are sung, sermons are delivered and Krishna is worshipped in his infant form. Thousands of people go to Dwarka to visit the temple and participate in the fair. After visiting the main temple, devotees go to Shankhoddhar Beyt. There are some other important temples, both old and new. Among these is the temple of Shank-Narayan, dedicated to the Matsyavatar, the incarnation of Vishnu as a fish, which was constructed over 200 years ago.