Ranchhodraiji Temple is situated in Dakor that comes under the Kheda district of Gujarat. Earlier Dakor was a small village, but with time it has grown into a major commercial center. The small shrine of the initial Ranchhodraiji Temple has now been enclosed in a huge complex. It was built by Shri Gopalrao Jagannath Tambwekar in 1772 A.D. It has brick walls and stones pillars, constructed at the cost of one lakh rupees. The complex is square in shape and has four gates on the outer walls, placed significantly.
The main door faces the Gomati River of India. Apart from this, there
are three more doors which lead to the main shrine. The door which faces
the Lord opens in front of an audience chamber. The devotees spend a lot
of time with the Lord here. The doors to the main Ranchhodraiji shrine
remain open throughout the day, except for the afternoon time. This is
the period when the Lord is supposed to sleep and take rest. There is
even a bedchamber linked with the main chamber of the shrine.
Here, the bed of the Lord is lavishly decorated with fragrant garlands,
soft mattress, blankets, gold and silver bedsteads in soft cotton and
silk. The deity of the temple is known as Lord Ranchhodraiji and He is
regarded as the manifestation of Lord Krishna. There is an interesting
story behind the Lord' name as well as the temple. According to Hindu
mythology, Lord Krishna fled from the battlefield during a war with an
ally of Jarasand and since then, he came to be known as Ranchhodraiji.
Ranchhodraiji Temple, in contrast to this, was established here as a
result of the Lord's mercy for his devotee.
In ancient times, Bholanath, a devotee of Lord Krishna traveled from
Dakor to Dwarka to worship Him. The Lord noticed this and was
overwhelmed by His devotion. He decided to shift to Dakor, to save his
devotee from the troubles of traveling so far. This way, He accompanied
Bholanath to Dakor. It is also believed that the idol at Ranchhodraiji
Temple is originally from Dwarka. This has made the Lord an all time
favorite of the devotees here. A huge fair is organized at Dakor every
year, on Sharad Purnima (full moon day in winters).