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| Last Updated:: 04/09/2023











Kankroli is a city located in the district of Rajsamand in Rajasthan. Located at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur, it is mainly known for its Krishna temple, which is situated on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake. Kankroli Temple is popularly called as temple of Dwarikadhish.



Devotees of Bhakti Marg of the Vallabhacharya sect worship Lord Krishna in his many forms and from Mathura to Dwarka and other spots in Western India, there are Lord Krishna temples known as Dwarkadheesh temples. Dwarkadheesh is one of the titles of Lord Krishna meaning Lord of Dwarka. Dwarka is the top pilgrimage spot but there are also other Dwarkas, one of which is in Kankroli in Rajsamand District in Rajasthan. There is an interesting story how Kankroli Dwarka became one of the Panch Dwarkas.



During the Mughal period temples were in danger of being desecrated and one such temple was that of Dwarkadhishji in Gokul. Devotees transported the idol to Ahmedabad in the care of Goswami Shri Girdharji Maharaj who later on, at the request of Shri Ranjitsinhji, Maharana of Udaipur, brought the idol to Kankroli where it was installed in a shrine in Aasotia village in 1726. The shrine was on the banks of the Rajsamand Lake. Shri Bal Krishna ji, the grandson of Vallabhacharya, took the initiative to care for the deity. Since then, Kankroli Temple is recognized as the third peeth (religious temple) of Vaishnav religion as Pushtimarg (way to completion). 



The temple was flooded by rains and the then Maharaj Kumar Shree Amar Singhji allotted hilly land for construction of a new temple around 1776 and this temple was also on the banks of the Rajsamand Lake. The temple underwent renovations and extensions until 1980. Some claim that the idol was transported finally to Shrinathji at Nathdwara.



The temple follows the haveli style of architecture and it is far less crowded than the temple at Nathdwara, making for a blissful experience to sit on the steps and contemplate. The temple stands on top of a hill and it is made of marble, stone, brick and mortar. While it is quiet for most days of the year, on Poonam or full moon days it comes alive as well as on Holi, Diwali, Ram Navami, Janmashtami and Akshay Teej. There are festivals and fairs during these times. Like in other temples there is a garbha graha or sanctum where the idol is installed and there are adjoining rooms for various purposes.




In the complex of the Temple, there is a small garden where one can sit and enjoy the beauty of nature. There is also a library that possesses a huge compilation of old books.