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Pilgrimages of Gujarat

  1. Prabhasa Kshetra: An ancient pilgrimage which has a Jyotirlinga (Somnath Jyotirlinga), Shakti Peetha (Prabhasa Shakti Peetha) and the holy place where Lord Krishna gave up His mortal body
  2. Dwarka: Kingdom of Sri Krishna, Mukti Puri, Divya Desam (Thiru Dwaraka Divya Desam), Jyotirlinga (Nageshwar Jyotirlinga) and All-India Char Dham


Prabhasa Kshetra:

Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga, Prabhasa Kshetra, near Veraval, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga, Prabhasa Kshetra, near Veraval, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath, Gujarat Sri Parvata Shakti Peetha Sri Krishna Prabhasa Triveni Sangam - An ancient pilgrimage: Prabhasa Kshetra is an ancient pilgrimage which has a Jyotirlinga, Shakti Peetha and the holy place where Lord Krishna gave up His mortal body.

- Jyotirlinga: Prabhasa Kshetra has the famous Somnath Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlinga is mentioned in the Shiva Purana (Koti-Rudra Samhita Ch 14). The Jyotirlinga is identified with the Somanth temple in Prabhasa Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra. According to Shiva Purana the Somnath Jyotirlinga is situated in Prabhasa Kshetra and is associated with the penance of Chandra Deva. Chandra Deva (Moon God) worshipped Lord Shiva here to get rid of his disease of consumption due to a curse of Daksha Prajapati. Lord Shiva appeared before him, relieved him from the curse by granting him the boon that the digit of the moon will increase and decrease on alternate fortnights.
(The 12 Jyotirlingas are: Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Vaidyanath, Bhimashankar, Rameshwaram, Nageshwar, Vishwanath, Tryambakeshwar, Kedarnath and Grishneshwar. Refer to the Jyotirlinga sloka)

- Shakti Peetha: Prabhasa Kshetra is also identified with the Prabhasa Shakti Peetha. The Shakti Peetha is mentioned in the Peetha Nirnaya texts. According to legend the Udara (Stomach) of Devi had fallen at Prabhasa. The Devi is known as Chandrabhaga and Bhairava is known as Vakratunda. The Prabhasa Shakti Peetha is identified with the confluence of rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati at Prabhasa Triveni Sangam.
(Refer to the Shakti Peetha Stotram)

- Where Sri Krishna gave up His mortal body: Prabhasa Kshetra is the place where Sri Krishna gave up His mortal body and brought an end to his earthly manifestation.

- Prabhasa Kshetra is located in the Junagadh district of Gujarat.


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Dwarka:

Sri Krishna Sri Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Sri Nageshwara Jyotirlinga, Dwarka district - An ancient pilgrimage of Lord Krishna: Dwarka is an ancient pilgrimage of Lord Krishna. Dwarka was the kingdom of Sri Krishna. It is a Mukti Puri as well as a Divya Desam. It has a Jyotirlinga. Dwarka is also the All India Char Dham.

- Kingdom of Sri Krishna: Dwarka was the kingdom of Sri Krishna.

- Mukti Puri: Dwarka is one of the 7 Mukti Puris.
(The Sapta Mukti Puris are: Mathura, Ayodhya, Mayapuri, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, Dwarka)

- Divya Desam: Dwarka is one of the 108 Divya Desams known as Thiru Dwaraka Divya Desam.
(Refer to the list of Divya Desams)

- Jyotirlinga: Dwarka has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas known as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. According to Shiva Purana (Koti-Rudra Samhita - Ch 30) the Nageshwara Jyotirlinga is situated in Darukavana. Lord Shiva saved his disciple Supriya (a vaishya) from demon Daruka in this place. Daruka was very proud of his strength and harassed people. He imprisoned Supriya and other merchants. Supriya, a great devotee of Shiva, along with other merchants worshipped Shiva in the prison devoutedly. When the demons tried to kill him, Lord Shiva appeared before Supriya and gave him the Pasupata Astra, with which Supriya killed all the demons. The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is identified with the Nageshwar Shiva temple on the coast of Saurashtra in the route between Dwarka city and island of Beyt Dwarka
(Note: The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is also identified with the Aundha Nagnath temple located in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra and the Jageshwar Mahadev temple in Almora district of Uttarakhand.)
(The Jyotirlingas are: Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Vaidyanath, Bhimashankar, Rameshwaram, Nageshwar, Vishwanath, Tryambakeshwar, Kedarnath and Grishneshwar - Refer to the Jyotirlinga sloka)

- All India Char Dham: Dwarka is one of the 4 All India Char Dhams.
(All India Char Dhams are: Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram)

- Dwarka is located in the Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat.


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Pilgrimages by States:

North India: Jammu and Kashmir - Himachal Pradesh - Uttarakhand - Punjab - Haryana - Rajasthan - Uttar Pradesh

West India: Gujarat - Maharashtra

Central India: Madhya Pradesh

East India: Assam - Meghalaya - Tripura - Jharkhand - Odisha - West Bengal

South India: Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh - Telangana - Kerala - Tamil Nadu



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Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
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