Producer Asit Modi’s Krishnaben Khakrawala is the first Hindi daily soap to be shot Dwarka’s Krishna Temple in Gujarat. The cast and crew offered prayers and even indulged in Holi celebrations with the crowd.
“You can’t mention Holi and not think of Lord Krishna. It was his favourite festival. Holi is incomplete without Krishna. He danced and made merry with his wives here. So, it was a one-of-its-kind experience for my crew, and me to offer prayers here around Kanhaji’s loved festival,” beams Asit.
The Sony Entertainment daily is currently running a track about Krishnaben and her gang of khakra-maker ladies travelling to Dwarka to thank God for being kind to them. “Many shows insert Holi celebrations around the festival. But here, we had a valid reason to have an outdoor at Dwarka. Krishnaben (Indira Krishnan) has finally made a bill-book for her business and wants to give the first bill to Lord Krishna for her khakras. So I organised a unit that shot the entire sequence over eight days at the Gujarati temple,” recalls Asit.
The track, shot at the 16th century temple in Jamnagar district, will run for the next couple of days on the show. “The crowd was happy to celebrate the festival with us so much in advance. No one threw water balloons at each other, but we did put a teeka with gulaal on everyone’s foreheads. I think it’s the most auspicious thing for my show that we shot close to Holi at Kanha’s nagri.”
The crew returned with prasadam and goodies for the rest of the unit that was shooting portions of the show in Mumbai. Says Asit, “Lots of stories about Lord Krishna originate from Dwarka and I have grown up listening to them. But I didn’t know I’d end up shooting one of my most loved shows at Kanhaiya’s temple. You have to be blessed to get there.”
It derives its name from word dvar meaning door or gate in the Sanskrit language.
Dwarka is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and one of the four dhams along with Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram.
The city is respected by Vaishnavas. The Jagatmandir temple houses Dwarkadhish, a form of Lord Krishna.
The present temple was built in 16th century CE, while the original temple is said to be built by Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha.