The temple of Dwarkadhish has been a work in progress monument since a couple of thousand years now with an earlier mention of it around 400 BC up until its recent form dating around 16 Century AD. The temple also houses the Sharda Peeth, one of the 4 peeths established by Aadi Sankaracharya. The temple complex hosts many smaller temples such as Baldevji (Dwarkadhish’s elder brother), Devakiji (his mother), the 9 main queens & Rishi Durvasa to name a few. The temple premises are used for several religious rituals like Dhwajarohan, Tula Daan, Kathas and Yagnas.
56 steps below the temple platform is the river Gomti along with ghats constructed along its banks. People visit this place to take a holy dip in the river and to perform rituals which are believed to help them and their ancestors move towards Moksha. Gugali Brahmins is the main community of priests that manages the various riatuals around the temple complex. Certain priests from the community also form a part of the Devasthan Samiti (govt body to look after the temple). These brahmins have a few families identified as official Pujaris of the deity and only they are allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple for the sewa. The brahmins also facilitate religious pilgrimages of tourists visiting Dwarka from around the country and have their own set of rules defined for handling the tourists.