5 km from Somnath temple is another venerable spit known as Bhalka Tirth.
It is here that the arrow of a poacher named Jara hit Shri Krishna and fatally wounded him
Shri Krishna was resting in meditation pose under a peepal tree when the poacher mistook his foot fir a deer and shot an arrow from a distance.
An ancient peepal grows here
According to legend Jara was the reincarnation of Vali. Vali was killed by Lord Rama ( described in the Ramayana). According to the beliefs of ISKCON, as described to me, Lord Rama had promised Vali that he would get a chance to avenge his unjust murder in another birth.
Thus Lord Krishna as the avatar of Lord Rama was killed by Jara.
It is also known asDehotsarga, according to Diana L Eck, a term that literally means the place where Krishna “gave up his body”
She writes in her book” India: A Sacred Geography “, Krishna was shot through the foot, hand, and heart by the single arrow of a hunter named Jara. Krishna was reclining there, so they say, and Jara mistook his reddish foot for a deer and released his arrow. There Krishna died.”
Another interesting thing I found was that ladies from local families come and do seva in the temple by turns.
They even offered me tea and biscuits which they bring from home.