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Rukmini Devi Temple at Dwarka

Rukmini Devi Temple at Dwarka in Gujarat is dedicated to Goddess Rukmini Devi, consort of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The temple is located at Bet Dwarka and is around 2 km from the famous Dwarakadish Jagat Temple. The original temple is believed to be more than 2,500 years old. The current structure was built in the 12 century.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Goddess Rukmini.

The temple is noted for its paintings, sculptures of god and goddesses in Hindu pantheon. Another highlight here is the carved human and animal figures.

Story of Rukmini Devi Temple
A popular legend has it that it is due to a curse by Sage Durvasa that the Dwarakadish temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, and Rukmini Devi Temple at Dwarka are 2 km apart. Once, Krishna and Rukmini were pulling the chariot of Sage Durvasa. Rukmini Devi was tired and thirsty. To quench her thirst, Lord Krishna made a mark on earth with his thumb and Ganga River appeared from the mark to quench the thirst of Rukmini Devi.

Sage Durvasa who watched this event was angry as Rukmini Devi did not offer the water to the Sage. He therefore cursed them to stay apart.