Somnath Temple, Dwarka

Somnath Temple

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Somnath Temple
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27 Ratings & 18 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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  • Excellent 14
  • Very Good 3
  • Good 1
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 0
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Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

18 traveller reviews for Somnath Temple

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Sanjay Lohia

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  • Sanjay Lohia
  • Lives in Siliguri
  • 29 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  9659 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
  •  1913 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
  •  4928 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

Kanhaiya singh

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  • Kanhaiya singh
  • Lives in Adra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  3481 readers

"This temple is, location wise, very good"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
This temple is, location wise, very good. A mind blowing place to be. I shall advise myr friends to visit this place.
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  • 7 votes

Sanskarr Rathii

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  • Sanskarr Rathii
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2194 readers

"A temple to visit and have a coconut drink"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2014
Somnath is an awesome place in the great Gujarat.The temple is beautiful as well as the sea near the temple makes the place more beautiful and attractive! You can't resist yourself to have a dip into it, Well the most great thing is the coconut water. They are sweet and Gujarat is known for its coconuts.
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  • 4 votes

Sujit day

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  • Sujit day
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2292 readers

"Hymns and aarti together"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2014
Hard to describe my feelings I visited in the morning and evening, the hymns and drum beating at the time of aarti are still ringing in my ear, I have purchased a cassette.
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  • 5 votes


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  • Hemantkumartiwari
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 3 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  4774 readers

"A religious and historic place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
It is a very good religious and historic place. We should be thankful to Late Sardar Patel who had reconstructed the holy temple of Lord Shiva. The sound show at the temple was very good.
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  • 4 votes

Nandita Venkatesh

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  • Nandita Venkatesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
  •  22133 readers

"A prayer personified indeed"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014
The view of the Somnath temple against the setting sun is breath taking! Aarti is mesmerising. A person, anywhere in the town of Somnath, gets drawn to the temple just listening to the music of shehnai.

Its architecture, carvings and surroundings - it's like a poem by the sea.
There is also the original Somnath temple - an old one got built by Rani Ahalyabai. It's a nice temple too.
From Somnath one can visit the "Krishna Moksha Dhaam" - where the final rites of Lord Krishna were supposedly performed. Also the spot where Lord Balram, Krishna's elder brother, incarnate of Adishesha on which Lord Vishnu sleeps, is said to have taken the form of a snake and disappeared into a cave.

Do wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees, for both men and women. Do not carry any mobile phones, cameras or handbags. There is a place for depositing all this before heading into the temple. There will be people who are agents or pandas who will try, pester and promise to get puja/prayers performed at very close quarters to the "Shiv Ling" or deity. Please DO NOT believe them and shell out unnecessary money. There are counters inside the temple to pay for any puja to be performed. There will a receipt given with the prasad.
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  • 5 votes

Ratan shrivastav

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  • Ratan shrivastav
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 4 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  4843 readers

"Had a great time!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 11, 2014
Somnath Temple is the heritage of India, and visiting there was an awesome feeling. We stayed at a VIP guest house and it treated really well.
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  • 5 votes

Neeraj Gupta

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  • Neeraj Gupta
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 7 Reviews
  •  58 helpful votes
  •  14483 readers

"Wonderful from outside and inside"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2014
Temple was wonderful from outside and inside. The system of temple for darshan purpose is very good and helpful to visitors. You can watch the sea from the premises of temple itself. It simply looks marvelous.
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  • 5 votes

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