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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  • Chitranjan lal - b saleemnagar
  • Lives in Adari
  • 3 Reviews

"Overall, a great experience" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was a great experience at the somnath temple. It is a very good and a well maintained temple. There is a very good sea view from the temple site. We performed lord shiva abhisekham at the old somnath temple. Somnath is one of the ancient and finest temples in India. After the darshan we left for dwarka.
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Y r  shiv parkhash
  • Y r shiv parkhash
  • Lives in Agra
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall, a good city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Somanath - one of the jyotirlinga, dwaraka a historical place of lord krishna, ahmedabad, capital city of gujarat and place of pre independence town. Ambaji goddess temple, a place not to forget. To complete the trip in short time air, car is good transport to cover early. January month is good for travelling. In Gujarat state food is not a problem whether you are from south or north.
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Abhishek Gupta
  • Abhishek Gupta
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review

"Ultimate place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you not visit Somnath, you miss the beauty of nature and god, in my opinion you must visit and relax. Ocean and beaches are very nice, the Sungam of the river is must to watch and must cover the nearby place. Diu and Gir national park this must place to visit.
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Chander prakash Aggarwal
  • Chander prakash Aggarwal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews

"A must visit Indian Pilgrimage destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2014
My experience was really good. In this place you will find a peace of mind which you will find nowhere else. Please do not miss to visit the Old Somnath temple which is just outside the main temple. This is one of the 12 jyotirlingas. The place is very neat & clean and all basic amenities like lockers/ shoe stalls are free. Large compound has sun shades to prevent you from heat. Place has Z security area and vehicle does not allow post barricading area without entry pass. Cameras, belts and bags are not allowed inside the temple.
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Vijay Gediya
  • Vijay Gediya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"A city good temples and beaches"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2014
Somnath is good place to visit. In somnath there is new somnath temple, old somnath temple, triveni sangam and many other temples. The most important is Somnath's Beach which drives with many waves. Yes most us know Somnath as a pilgrimage place. Yes we have a very beautiful building marvellously designed temple over there who attracts lots of devotional people from around the globe.
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Sahil Sahu
  • Sahil Sahu
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 3 Reviews

"A place of temples and beach"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2014
Somnath is good place to visit. In Somnath, there is new Somnath temple, old Somnath temple, Triveni Sangam and many other temples. The most important is Somnath's Beach which drives with many waves and clean water. I must say everyone should visit there.
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Ankit Saraswat
  • Ankit Saraswat
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"Place where you would like to worship"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
Yes most us know Somnath as a pilgrimage place. Yes we have a very beautiful build marvellously designed temple over there who attracts lots of devotional people from around the globe. But there is lot more than just another worship place.

I usually don't like to visit temples. I am a believer in God, I have faith in them and I trust them as well... I just don't believe in concept of temples, mostly because of people sitting over there and asking for money as a donation to God or some kind of rituals. However when I visit that place it was different. There was no beggar asking for money. No Pandit over there forcing anyone for any kind of Puja or something.

It was a pleasure visiting such a worship place in India. Then there is a beach, next to the temple and mere sight of the tides hitting shore make you feel awesome. You would love to stay at Somnath Temple campus and guess what unlike most of the pilgrimage place no one asks you to move out of the temple premises (at least on regular days)

You can also visit the beach just at the walking distance from temple, enjoy the local art, culture and local shop-wala dishes. I would really recommend to go for camel and horse ride over there.

Yeah and don't forget to write your feedback over here when you come back.

Oops I forgot to mention, don't book any hotel near to railway station. There are fine hotel available next to temple premises who have direct view of the beach. There rates vary from 600/- day to 3000/- day. and there are travel agents near to hotels as well so you can book a vehicle and go to Dwarka or other places in Gujrat as well.

Do check travel agent car though before stepping in. We had a bad experience on our way to Dwarka from Somnath due to bad car
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Ratan Desai
  • Ratan Desai
  • 18 Reviews

"A historical place with a superb beach"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 8, 2014
Somnath is in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga, the Pandav Gufa and the superb beach made my overall experience incredible. People here are friendly and very helpful. We had a great time in the temple of Lord Shiva. There were no restrictions on taking photographs. Overall, we enjoyed a lot and I would recommend to visit this place at least once in life time.
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Nishant Gotecha
  • Nishant Gotecha
  • 1 Review

"One of the best times we had"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 4, 2014
This is a good place. I had a wonderful time there. It was a beautiful experience. I really had a wonderful time. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Yes, it is a religious place, but you can find a sense of peace and calmness there.
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Bhavin Gohil
  • Bhavin Gohil
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Popular religious place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2014
This is a powerful place. One of the best religious places in the country. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is a popular destination among pilgrims.
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