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Dakor is located in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 22°45′N 73°09′E / 22.75°N 73.15°E / 22.75; 73.15Coordinates: 22°45′N 73°09′E / 22.75°N 73.15°E / 22.75; 73.15
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Kheda
Elevation 49 m (161 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 23,784
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website www.dakor.in

Dakor is a city and a Nagarpalika in Kheda district in the state of Gujarat, India. It is prominent for its grand temple of Shree Ranchhodraiji.


This story is as told by the people there in 1957. Bodana, a Krishna devotee used to walk all the way from Dakor to distant Dwaraka, on every full moon night. As Bodana aged, it became harder for him to go to Dwaraka. Lord Krishna then told him that he need not walk all the way to Dwaraka as he had decided to accompany him and stay with him in Dakor.[citation needed]

So, some devotees started moving the idol of Lord Krishna. The local people objected to this and fought with the devotees. God told the devotees to throw his idol into the water. The local people searched for the idol by poking sticks into the water, but they were not able to find it. When the devotees removed the idol of Lord Krishna, wounds were seen all over the idol. These wounds were attributed as due to the sticks.

The local people then asked the devotees for gold equal to the weight of the idol. The only gold that the devotee had was his wife's nose ring. However, when the nose ring and the idol were weighed, they were found to be equal in weight. It is believed that Lord Krishna tilted the scales in favour of the nose ring, so that the local people could get only a very small quantity of gold. This idol of Lord Krishna was then installed at Dakor. This shows how Lord Krishna changed his residence for the convenience of his devotees.

Recently, Dakor is included in one of the six major pilgrimage places under "Yatradham Vikas Board" by Government of Gujarat for development as a well-planned and well organised pilgrimage place to facilitate the lacs and lacs of visiting pilgrims. More than 70–80 lacs of pilgrims visit the place every year and a continuous increase is witnessed every year. On "Fagun Purnima" celebration the town gets ready with all the means to welcome and serve 10–15 lac pilgrims. The sentiments and emotions of devotees during these celebrations is unimaginable.


On full moon days, people visit the temple to seek the blessings as was done by the devotee who brought Shree Krishna to the temple. So there is a great inflow of people and the town is very crowded. There is a carnival or fair taking place around February and March, on the day of festival of Holi and observed by all Hindus as a mark for triumph of the truth and goodness. Many people from surrounding cities come and visit the temple during these festivals, some from even far away.

Sarad Purnima, which comes after end of Navratra, is the day believed on which lord Krishna came to Dakor as ranchodrai with his great devotee known as Bodana. Lord come to Dakor to fulfill the promise that he will come to Dakor with Bodana.

There are many festivals and many festival photos are in the website of www.ranchhodraiji.org

  1. Sharad Purnima
  2. Krishna Janmostav (Janmasthami), then Second Day of Janmastami (Nand Mahotsav)
  3. Holi
  4. Rathyatra
  5. Diwali
  6. Bestu Varsh (Hindu New Year)
  7. After New year "Annakut Mahotsav"
  8. Every Friday Ranchhod Ray ji ( Gopallal Ji ) went at Laxmiji Temple
  9. Amali ekadasi(Amliagiyaras)
  10. Tulsi Vivah
  11. Dashera
  12. Hindoda
  13. Gopalnathji
  14. Navkavihar


Dakor is located at 22°45′N 73°09′E / 22.75°N 73.15°E / 22.75; 73.15.[1] It has an average elevation of 49 metres (160 feet).

Connectivity (only bus and railway)[edit]

Dakor is connected through rail and road. Dakor is a station on the Anand–Godhra Broad Gauge rail line. Anand and Nadiad are around 30 km away and both are very much connected by rail and roads. Ahmedabad and Vadodara are about 90 km away and both cities are connected with rail, road and by air.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Dakor had a population of 23,784. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Dakor has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82% and, female literacy is 69%. In Dakor, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Dakor
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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