Somnath Temple, Dwarka

Somnath Temple

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35 Ratings & 25 Reviews

About Somnath Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Somnath Temple in Dwarka represents one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The word Somnath refers to the protector of Moon God. This temple is situated in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval, which is located along the western coast of Gujarat.

The Somnath temple have been destroyed six times and rebuilt six times. Thus, the temple is also known as 'The Shrine Eternal'. It is believed that Soma or the Moon God built this temple in gold, the demon king Ravana built it in silver and Lord Krishna built it in wood.

The final reconstruction of the temple started in November 1947, under the leadership of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This temple is built in the famous Chalukya architectural style or Kailash Mahameru Prasad style, which is a clear reflection of the Sompura Salats skills.

Lord Shiva was so pleased by the prayers of Moon God that He decided to rest in this temple as a Jyotirlinga for eternity.

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  • Very Good 6
  • Good 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
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25 traveller reviews for Somnath Temple

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Abhishek  Singh

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  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 37 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1258 readers

"Among the best temples to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2016
One of the best experience of my life. Lord Shiva is resting on the beautiful shore of Arabian Sea. The peaceful aura and whispering waves makes the entire experience memorable. The temple premises was neat and clean but the moment we step out of temple, it was dirty and disgusting. I could say it is a must visit temple for Lord Shiva's devotees and one must witness the aarti, as it totally touches the soul. We spent almost 2 to 3 hours in the temple. After a visit we proceeded to Diu, the part of the route passes along the sea shore, which is refreshing.
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Rajendra Hourasia

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  • Rajendra Hourasia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3426 readers

"Has a lot of significance in my life"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2015
Excellent place to visit in the life time. It has a lot of significance in my life. It has amazing attraction and very excellent place. Be careful you are not allowed any leather things inside the temple also ladies purse is not allowed in the temple due to security reasons so be careful and leave your baggages at the hotel.
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Jigar Oza

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  • Jigar Oza
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  799 readers

"Has a long history"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2015
One of the 12 jyotirlings of India, I It has long history of being looted 10 to 12 times by Muslim ruler Mohammad Ghazni due to it being a temple with lots of gold. It is situated on the banks of Bay of Bengal. Nice view of sea from the temple but don't go inside it as it is notorious for being very dangerous.
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 265 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  52792 readers

"First and leading of 12 Jyotirlinga"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2015
After visiting Dwaraka, we drived to Somnath after almost 250 km journey. Somnath is known for Somnath Temple-Temple of Lord Shiva. It is called this is first jyotirling on earth. It was demolished so many time by Muslim Ruler namely Mohammad Ghazali. It was often reconstructed by Rajput Rulers. Present temple was built by Great Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel just after getting freedom through Govt of India. Nobody is allowed in Garbh Gruh even PM or President. Biggest Ling in all 12 Jyotirling. One should visit and offer pray once during life. Jay Somnath.
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Bhaskar r Dutt

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  • Bhaskar r Dutt
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3920 readers

"A great place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
Since school days, I had a dream to visit the place where Moon God came to the world and did a worship of Lord Shiva. The place where Lord Sri Krishna worshipped Lord Shiva. The place was looted by Muslim rulers 17 times. The Adi Jyotirlinga, the place where Shankaracharya did his tapasya.

A great place - one must visit in his/her lifetime. It is a place where time stops. There is no significant time to visit. I visited in the morning, noon, in the evening and stayed till night.
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Saurabh Gupta

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  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review
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"Beautiful Temple with intricate architecture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 9, 2015
Worth a Visit.
Good view of Arabian Sea.
Wonderful sight during Sunrise and Sunset.
Avoid carrying Heavy Bags. Shopping options outside Temple especially things native to Gujarat.
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Umesh kumar Yadav

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  • Umesh kumar Yadav
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  12900 readers

"Excellent place and well-maintained mandir"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
In one word if I describe then I can say SUPERB. Nice place and well-maintained. Trust, it has got its own hotel which is very near to temple. Tourist can have room there which is cheap compare to market. If you are not comfortable with Gujarati food then lots of Dhabas are available near to this hotel.

Mandir is well-maintained and very clean. Do not miss light and sound show which starts at 7. 45 PM daily. For Abhishek you can go to Ahilyabai temple which is situated near to entrance of this temple. Do not fall in trap of Pandas. Take milk from vendors and offer milk and flowers to shivli

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Sanjay Lohia

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  • Sanjay Lohia
  • Lives in Siliguri
  • 29 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  11412 readers

"One of the best temple India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2015
The somnath temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of lord Shiva with sea touching two sides of the temple wall and the long tall and broad structures give a very good view of the temple. The golden look in the main temple is also very eye catching, overall a must visit for all Indians.
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  • 7 votes

Vishal Kapoor

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  • Vishal Kapoor
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  2757 readers

"Greenery place; awesome history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2014
Awesome temple one of the 12 Mahashivlings located at the sea coast. Night show is too awesome where you got to know about the temple history. Greenery inside the temple premises is worth to praise. Walls of the temple are being gold plated with shivling totally made up of gold making it as feel like old somnath that used to be years ago. Food stalls are located outside the temple at one single place making it easy for visitor giving all the things at a single platform.
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  • 5 votes

Gupta Harsh

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  • Gupta Harsh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  5788 readers

"Just have a look of the aarthi"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2014
Nothing much to see around the temple except the temple where aarti takes place at 10 am . very short visit needed to view everything present there and no need to take anything inside.
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  • 9 votes

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