Dwarka is a city and municipality in the Devbhumi Dwarka district in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India. It is located on the western coast of the Okhamandal Peninsula on the right bank of the Gomti River.
In 2011 it had a population of 38,873. Dwarka is one of the Chardhams, four holy places of Hindu pilgrimage, and is one of the Sapta Puri, the seven oldest religious cities in the country.
Dwarka is often identified with the Kingdom of Dwarka, the ancient kingdom of Krishna, and is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.
Dwarka is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat. The name of the city literally means gateway. Dwarka has also been referred to throughout its history as “Mokshapuri”, “Dwarkamati” and “Dwarkavati”.
It is mentioned in the ancient prehistoric epic period of the Mahabharata. According to legend, Krishna settled here after defeating and killing his uncle Kansa in Mathura.
This historical account of Krishna’s migration to Dwarka from Mathura is closely associated with the culture of Gujarat.
It is also said that Krishna recovered 12 yojanas or 96 square kilometers (37 square miles) of land from the sea to create Dwarka.