Somnath Tourism
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Somnath Tourism

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  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Somnath or Pattan Somnath is located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of the State of Gujarat. The temple of Somnath is one of the holiest pilgrimage spots for Hindus and is visited by pilgrims all round the year.

Somnath is situated at a distance of 79 km from Junagadh, 25 km from Chorwad and 5 km from Veraval Beach, on the confluence of the mythological Saraswati, Hiranya and Kapila rivers. The temple of Somnath has one of the twelve Jyotirlings or religious Shiva shrines of India.

Somnath had been destroyed quite a few times by its invaders who were attracted by its treasures and wealth. As per the ancient inscriptions and carvings found in Somnath, it is clear that the place was originally inhabited by Aryans.

Somnath was a princely state of Junagadh before Indian Independence. The place received its name from the Somnath temple. Somnath is also known by names like Deo Pattan, Prabhas Pattan or Pattan Somnath.

It is believed that the first temple of Somnath was erected much before the beginning of the Common Era. The references to the Temple of Somnath can be found in ancient texts like Rig Veda, Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat Geeta, Shivpuran, etc.

According to legend, it was Somraj or the Moon God, who built the Temple of Somnath or Someshwar, Lord (Protector) of the Moon, out of gold. Ravana later built it in silver, Krishna built it in wood and Raja Bhimdev built it of stone. The Yadava kings of Vallabhi of Gujarat erected the second temple by around 649 AD on the same site.

Junayad, the Arab governor of Sind, sent his troops to destroy the temple in 725 AD.  Nagabhata II of the Pratihara dynasty resurrected the temple in 815 in red sandstone. Mahmud Ghazni raided and destroyed the temple in 1024 AD. King Bhoj of Malwa of the Paramara or Panwar dynasty and the Chalukya King Bhima of Anhilwara rebuilt the temple in the period 1026 1042. Kumarpal replaced the wooden structures in the Temple with stone in between 1143-72.

Going down the centuries, Sultan Allauddin Khilji, Muzaffar Shah I and Mahmud Begda looted and destroyed the Somnath Temple and the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb even built a mosque on the site of the temple. Post Independence, the Somnath Temple was reconstructed in the Chalukya style of temple architecture.

It is the Somnath Temple that attracts tourists to Somnath of Gujarat. Tourists also pay a visit to the Museum that depicts the historical and cultural ethnicity of the temple town of Somnath.


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Krunal patanwala

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  • Krunal patanwala
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  62 readers

"Heart touching temple. Very religious place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited Somnath temple with my family. Though I m not much religious but this temple touches my heart. Temple is located at the bank of sea. And senario is very beautiful. At three sides of temple there is a sea. And I get very exited. Security is very tight. Cleanliness was at it's best.
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Jitendra mehta

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  • Jitendra mehta
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 12 Reviews
  •  82 readers

"Nice religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A religious place for Hindu having one of the Jyotirlinga of great lord Shiva. Place is quite calm with a wonderful beach and small market. It is place for one day visit and there is nothing other to explore. Few environmental issues like smell of drying fish and flying small insects can become headache ..
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Swati chaudhary

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  • Swati chaudhary
  • 2 Reviews
  •  159 readers

"Peaceful place with utmost serenity"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome place ... Cleanliness ... Disciplined. Spiritual .. Everything is there at this place. Trust has done commendable work in maintenance of temple and nearby area. Must visit if you are in Gujarat. I have visited with my family. They enjoyed their stay. Somnath beach is good. Sunset point is awesome. One can see beautiful sunset from there. There are few small temples nearby. You can visit them by local auto in 300-400 rs depending on number of people jn your group.
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Pankaj Bhatti

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  • Pankaj Bhatti
  • Lives in Rajkot
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  221 readers

"Spiritual place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2017
The Somnath temple is located near Vera val in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat.
Somnath Mahadev one of the 12 jyotirllings. Beutiful architecture. Well maintained temple. There are 3 aartis performed daily. I think Aarti is best in all. You will see sea from behind the temple. Very nice view.
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Akshay pathak

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  • Akshay pathak
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1014 readers

"Direct connection to Lord Shiva"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
I m pleased to see the Lord Shiva Shree Somnath the darshan was excellent the template is situated in Bank of Arabian Sea the location of temple is excellent I was surprised to see management of temple was so nice I can't express I became dhannya what I can write is too less. It seemed that I m in detect contact of God Lord Shiva. So if you guys willing to go please go there. Thanks.
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Kirtikumar bhindora

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  • Kirtikumar bhindora
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  •  468 readers

"Every one must visit this Spiritual Place as its Perfect place for Picnic as wel as Spiritual."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
The Somnath temple is located in Prabhas Patan near Vera val in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the first among the 12 Jostling shrines of Lord Shiva. It is an important Pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Destructed and reconstructed several times in the past, the present temple was reconstructed in Chalukya style of the Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was envisioned by Vallabhbha Patel and was completed under K. M. Munshi, both then Cabinet Ministers of Government of India.
The Temple is open daily from 06:00 to 21:00. There are 3 aartis performed daily ;at 07:00, at 12:00 and at 19:00.
The Jyotirlinga is adorned with flowers, ornaments of silver and gold and people from far and wide come to worship it.
Somnath means "The protector of the moon gold " and the Somnath temple is known as " The shrine Eternal", having been destroyed many times by Islamic King and rulers.
Their people eat "Kathivadi" famous thali. People shopping there many thing of shells at Somnath sea cost. Seacoast kept people busy in it. It is a very worth seeing nice spiritual place.
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Vinod Sharma

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  • Vinod Sharma
  • Lives in Indore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  503 readers

"Amazing place for Lord Shiva devotees- One of the 12 Jyotirlinga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2016
This temple is different from others in so many ways.
1. Simplicity and cleanliness
2. Security
3. Pandit approach for Pooja
4. Baggers
5. Photographers
6. Nearby shops
It can be visited any time in the year. It is located on a coastal area so just take care of the climate accordingly.
There are lots of good hotels for stay and also you can get tastey foods at a very low cost.
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Prabhakar Chodavarapu

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  • Prabhakar Chodavarapu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Pilgrimage dreams come true"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2016
I had been dreaming of visiting Somnath Temple for many years fascinated with its glorious history and stories read in books since childhood. My wife nudged me to make this trip. I visited the temple along with my wife and we found this to be a memorable experience. Compared to many other pilgrimage centres, travelers are not harassed either by the clergy or by the auto drivers etc ., at this place. People from all walks of life can visit freely have Darshan in serene and peaceful atmosphere. We had Darshan of Lord Somnath more than twice in a day, that too for the Aarti, which it self we feel we were lucky and sign of blessings from the Lord. We had visited the nearby places of attractions, including Susan gir wher we could see Lions, Spotted Deers and Antelopes. We went around in an auto (charges Rs. 500/-) to visit about six other temples and places, which include, Triveni Sangam, ghats, Bhalka Tirth, Geeta Mandir, Sarada peeth, Suraj Mandir, Panch Pandav Guha. Etc. There are two temples of Lord Shiva at Somnath, one built by Devi Ahalya Bai Holkar of Indore in 18th Century, which is called old temple, and the new temple built after Independence in 1950s which is known as New Temple. The new temple is built at the original place of ancient Somnath temple. Both temples are unique in their architecture and style. We can perform Abhishek ourselves at the old temple and at the new temple, pujas can be performed through Archakas.
It was a memorable and everlasting experience.
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Shvetang Gupta

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  • Shvetang Gupta
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  12413 readers

"Relogious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2016
Somnath is a good religious place in India. It is first jyotirlinga in all twelve. We reached Somnath from Dwarka by bus and reached in afternoon. After reaching Somnath checked in hotel Somnath sagar (Really a nice hotel) which is near to station and the temple. To explore Somnath we decided to hire a texi for full sight seen of Somnath and started 2 O clock, after half day sight seen at last we reached Somnath jyotiglinga for darshan of Somnath sarkar. Really a nice experience we visited from first main temple and then old temple. We also visited full temple of Somnath triveni sangam, bhalka tirth, dehotsarga teerth, sun temple, panch pandav gufa and all temple of Somnath. Really a nice experience.
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S. asokan

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  • 9 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1079 readers

"You will feel mental peace when you are inside the temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 30, 2016
To have one of your life time experience to understand your inner soul, please visit this Mandir. By seeing the deity with its full decoration or without, you will feel surrendering in front of Him. I was fully satisfied and a feeling of fulfillment.
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