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A major pilgrimage site on the Saurāṣṭra peninsula of Gujarat, on the coast of the Arabian Sea. The temple there is said to be the only surviving remnant of Kṛṣṇa's capital city (and that of his people, the Vṛṣṇis, according to the Mahābhārata), which was otherwise submerged at his death. The site is regarded as both one of the seven holy tīrthas and the western representative of the four dhāmas (dwelling places of the gods). It is also the site of one of the four Daśanāmi maṭhas (monasteries) founded, according to tradition, by Śaṅkara in the 8th century ce.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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