Dwarka is an example of how mythology can inspire via the city’s history. The Hindu epic Mahabharata describes how the peace-loving Lord Krishna tried to avoid war with Demon King Jarasangh by shifting the seat of his capital to Dvarika, a city specifically created for this purpose by Vishwakarma, the Hindu god of architecture. He asked the sea god to release 12 yojanas i.e. 96 sq. km. of land for this purpose. In Sanskrit Dvar means gate and Dvarika meant a city ruled by God himself as if it were a gateway to heaven.\nArtefacts at Bet Dwarka claim its existence during Harrapan period. It finds mention in the records of Greek writers and may have been a coastal town which got submerged. \nWhen the sage Shankar set forth to prevent the decline of the Vedic religion in the eighth century, he chose Dwarka as one of the four monasteries (i.e char dham) owing to its mythological importance. It was repeatedly attacked and temples were pillaged during the Muslim period of 1200-1800 AD.