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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Y r  shiv parkhash
  • Y r shiv parkhash
  • Lives in Agra
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall, a good city" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 days 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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 2 months ago
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 3 months ago
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
  • 2 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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Anand r
  • Anand r
  • Lives in Pune
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"Life time experience at Somnath!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2014
"Power of reconstruction is always stronger than power of destruction'' said first president of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad on the occasion on initiating the reconstruction of Shree Somnath Temple in Gujarat (Saurashtra) after independence. This temple was time & again looted, destroyed & invaded, but time & again it was reconstructed by same zeal, faith & devotion. The temple at seashore is an amazing, peaceful, spiritually powerful shrine.

Considering the threats - there is tight security however that doesn't impact the visitors. There are free of charge lockers available where in visitors/devotees can keep their electronic devices, bags etc. There is free chappal stand where we can keep our chappals etc.

Shree Somnath temple has big premises; once we enter we can feel the ancient glory and spiritual power. First there is statue of Shree Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel - first home minister of India who had lion's share in reconstructing the great Shree Somnath Temple. Then there is this beautifully carved 'Digvijay Dwar' the gate of victory. And then we enter the main premises of the temple. First there is small temple of Shree Kankaniya Ganesh, and then there is small temple of a Gohil Rajput king who with his soldiers lost his life in protecting the temple from invaders. Then there is small temple of Shree Kashtbhanjan Hanumanji.

After that there is the main temple. The beautiful, amazing craftsmanship gives us taste of the ancient place and we are left to guess & wonder how beautiful & rich this place would have been before invaders destroyed & looted it again & again. The steps & gate is decorated with various idols and at top we can see Shiva in Nataraj pose and also entire Shiva family. It encourages us to enter inside and increases our heartbeats with pleasure.....

As we enter we feel the greatness and unconsciously become more humble, we forget about everything and keep walking. There is the sasaabhamandap - the hall where various meetings happen, worship happens, there are two counters one for devotees to contribute to help Shree Somnath temple to get ancient glory and other counter is to buy prasadm and buy tickets for the evening light & sound show. Then again we have to climb few steps and enter garbh graha - the main room where we can see the main idol.

And yes it is the experience of life time to see the first Jyotirlinga of Shree Mahadev Shankar - Shree Somnath (first out of the 12 important temples of Shiva in India), Jay Somnath. The entire garbhgraha is an amazing example of Indian craftsmanship, it is decorated in gold. The idol is very peaceful & healing. It gives immense pleasure to devotees; in the queue we can see devotees from all parts of India. In our queue there were people from Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan as if entire India was standing in the queue to have glimpse of Shree Somnath. The experience is beyond my capability to explain. One must visit this place.

From there we can go to the protected seashore, there is also this column / pillar which is said that the last part of land on earth at seashore till South Pole. There is very nice garden like area with terrace like structure at the seashore. The breeze adds your happiness of being at Shree Somnath temple. At backside there is remainder of ancient Parvati temple, the entire temple including the idol of goddess Parvati was destroyed by invaders and now only the foundation of temple is remaining; it has been protected and kept as it is. Then at backside there is this auditorium where every night at 7.30 or 7.45 pm the sound & light show happens. 200 people can attend it at same time. It is one hour show so go well prepared. The show is very informative & creative - describes the history of Shree Somnath temple. It is indeed an amazing experience.
There are three very good options to stay - Lilavati Atithi Grih, Sagar Darshan & Maheshwari Samaj Atithi Griha. There are other private hotels & places too. I was staying at Lilavati and it was very nice, clean, modern and very affordable.
Food outside the temple is not very good or at least I did not like it as such but there is one Amul Shop providing all Amul products which is very good. The food at Lilavati Atithi Griha was very very good and economical. It is clean, good for kids and adults and very nice.

There is this Ahilyabai Holkar Mahadev temple very near to Shree Somnath Temple, after so many attacks by invaders the main temple was almost ruined and hence her holiness queen of Indore Ahilybai Holkar built this temple where the idol was kept in the ground floor to hide it from invaders from future attack.

There are four other places must to visit - very close from Shree Somnath Temple - Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Sangam, Shankarachary Guha, Geeta Mandir/Golok Dham. Triveni sangam is place where three rivers meet the sea - the confluence of rivers Hiranya, Kapila & Saraswati. There are huts in name of ancient Rishis Vasistha, Angira, Atri, Pulatsya etc. and wife of Vaishtha - Arundhati.

Then I like a lot the place - Golok Dham / Geeta Mandir at the bank of River. A very peaceful place, Shree Krishna's idols at Bhalka Tirth & Geeta Mandit - Golok Dham are incredible will bring tears of happiness in the eyes of devotees. Overall visiting Shree Somnath is an experience of life time, I pray that I should get an opportunity to visit Shree Somnath again!
On the way to Shree Somnath Temple there is this statue of Gohil Rajput king and also a memorial of millions of hindu devotees who sacrificed their lives to protect shree somnath temple. Don't forget to see it and remember how Indian culture, places of worship were attacked again & again. And how they were rebuilt by various Great Indians.
Coconut & corn are very cheap here. But gujarati thali, breakfast, coffee, tea & buttermilk at Leelavati Atithi Griha is awesome, very good.
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