Somnath Temple, Dwarka
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Somnath Temple

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Somnath Temple
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About Somnath Temple

    • 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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Sujit day
  • Sujit day
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Hymns and aarti together" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Hemantkumartiwari
  • Hemantkumartiwari
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 3 Reviews

"A religious and historic place" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Nandita Venkatesh
  • Nandita Venkatesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews

"A prayer personified indeed" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Ratan shrivastav
  • Ratan shrivastav
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 4 Reviews

"Had a great time!"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Neeraj Gupta
  • Neeraj Gupta
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 7 Reviews

"Wonderful from outside and inside"

  • 7.00/7
  • 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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Dipika Gandhi
  • Dipika Gandhi
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"One of the Jyotirling"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2013
It's one of the best temple. One has enough time to have darshan.
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Patil
  • Patil
  • 8 Reviews

"Bad Road"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2013
Reaching Somnath from Porbander was not good, as last 50 Km road is very bad. The Temple is Awesome.
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Nilesh Pandya
  • Nilesh Pandya
  • Lives in Jamnagar
  • 5 Reviews

"The first of Twelve Jyotirlinga"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2013
Simply outstanding! Simply the best divine experience.
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D.d Phadke
  • D.d Phadke
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews

"One of the Jyotirlingas"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2013
This temple is one of its kind and the arathi during evening hours is mesmerizing. One will not be satisfied with one darshan.
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Vishal d gajjar
  • Vishal d gajjar
  • 5 photos
  • 12 Reviews

"One of the jyotirlinga of lord shiva"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2013
A good place to visit, religious place, many more nearby places to visit.
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