Rukhmini Devi Temple, is where ancient tales of separation and short-tempered sages come alive! This temple, located 1.5 km away from the Dwarka city center, is a testament to the architectural marvels of the 12th century, with its stunning mural carvings and other structures.
But the real story here is the legendary Hindu myth that inspired the temple’s construction. Legend has it that Rukmini and Lord Krishna went to invite Durvesha for dinner at Dwarka, and he agreed on the condition that they would pull his chariot instead of any animal. While on their way, Rukmini became thirsty and took a sip of water without offering Durvesha any. That’s when he cursed her to be separated from Lord Krishna, and that’s why her temple is located 3 km away from the main Dwarkadhish Temple on the banks of Bhagirathi River.
But don’t let that deter you from visiting this architectural masterpiece, which has been standing for over 2500 years. While it may be more modest in structure and sculptures than the Dwarkadhish temple, it still inspires the same devotional fervor. The carvings of gods and goddesses on the exteriors, along with the main idol of Rukhmini housed in the sanctum, are a sight to cheer! And don’t forget to check out the carved naratharas and gajatharas on the panels at the base of the platform.
To get to the Rukhmini Devi Temple, you’ll need to travel 5 km from the Dwarka Railway Station on the Dwarka-Okha Highway. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a stunning domed mandapa and stepped sanctuary that date back to the 12th century. The marble idol of Devi Rukmani with her four hands holding Shanka, Chakra, Gada, and Padma is truly a work of art, and the rich paintings on the walls depicting Rukmini and Krishna will leave you spellbound.
The temple is open from 6 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM.