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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Gopi Talav | Dwarka | Gujarat Series

After visiting the Nageshwar Temple we were told by our auto riksha driver that  there is a Pond nearby known as Gopi Talav (Gopi Talab or pond), a pond situated in Dwarka, 
After the lord Krishna moved to Dwarka, the Gopis of Vrindavan could not bear this separation and came to meet him one last time.
Gujarat is believed to be the divine place where all the Gopis performed their last raas leela with lord Krishna. There is a  belief that the Gopis of Vrindavan met Krishna one last time here in Dwarka at Gopi Talav and danced in complete divinity. 
After the last raas leela, all the Gopis offered their lives to the soil of this land—thereby in unison with the lord, they attained moksha.
Legend has it that they turned into yellow clay or sand which is also known as Gopi Chandan.

Besides this legend, the Gopi Talav is also associated with Arjuna, who after the Kurushetra battle considered himself to be the best warrior. However, to make him realise his mistake, lord Krishna asked him to escort his queens to Bet Dwarka where on his way Arjuna got attacked and was eventually defeated. His queens couldn't take this shock and all died by jumping into this pond.

Our Journey:
After knowing so much impressive history about this Gopi Talav , what we actually saw was not so impressive. What we see is a small pond and been February most of the water was dried. Next to the Talav there are series of temple with the caretaker calling out aloud to come and visit their temple. "Ek ne toh yeh bhi kaha diya aap mandir sirf dekh lijiye kuch dakshina maat dena" 

We circumvented the talav to check out in entirety. At one point I saw Veergad or victory stone often seen in Maharastra. As there was not much to be explored we moved on to our next destination Bet Dwarka.( I was very eager to see this place because it was here that Sudama met lord Krishna.)

Please click here to read about Bet Dwarka.

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