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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Ankur Sehgal

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  • Ankur Sehgal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"An outstanding experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall experience was outstanding, out of world. Serenity is one word that can be considered from the dictionary. People are nice and cooperative, "shaant" place. Environment is good and weather is not bad either. Food is decent and so are lodges and inns all around. Multiple things to learn about the place. Words cannot capture everything, please visit for yourself.
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Utsav Agrawal

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  • Utsav Agrawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 12 Reviews
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"A wonderful destination for Shiva bhakt" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Somnath is first among the twelve Jyotirlinga, This legendary temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. It is also believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna ended his life on earth and left for heaven. Best is to see the sunset from the temple compound. Somnath railway station is the best way to reach Somnath. However road transport should be the preferred option considering fewer train on this route. Many shops and small restaurant are all around the temple compound. Prefer to visit Dwarka as well which is around 4 hours drive from Somnath.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 296 Reviews
  •  93 helpful votes
  •  49313 readers

"Very good trip with family"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Our trip is very good and very enjoyable. We are very happy to darsan of Somnath Mahadev. We are very happy to visit other places. There atmosphere is very good for us because I am Gujarati. Food is also good for me and kids are very happy. You must go there and relax.
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Paras Bhatia

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  • Paras Bhatia
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  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  189 helpful votes
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"Must visit for travellers looking for religious holiday"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Somnath is a small place which gets its name from the famous Somnath Temple. The temple which is considered to be the first of 12 jyotirlingas of God Shiva. Located on the sea coast, it seems that sea is continuously washing the feet of God Somnath.

Must visits at Somnath are The Somnath Temple (DO NOT MISS SOUND & LIGHT SHOW), Bhalika Teerth, Old Parvati/Old Somnath Temple as locals call it.

Somnath has many eating joints serving Gujrati food ONLY such as dhokla, jalebi, khaakra, aloo bonda and if you are looking for some North-Indian or south Indian food or in case you can't just live at Gujarati food only, I would advise carrying packed or ready to eat or processed food with you. There's no non vegetarian food or alcohol available.

There's hardly anything for shopping however do not miss "jungle jalebi" sold by local women on the beach.

Do carry your own water bottles at al times and stay as close as possible to the temple to avoid unnecessary transportation problems.
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Govind Chauhan

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  • Govind Chauhan
  • Lives in Vadodara
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"A must visit place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 5, 2015
Situated in the coastal areas near veraval city of Gujarat. One should feel calm in the feet of mahadeva(God). One should realise the prosperity they are being in this world. Climates are moderate, charm and cloudy. Holy place, one should visit there.
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Maulik Madhu

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  • Maulik Madhu
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 7 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  3371 readers

"An religious destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2015
My parents and I visted Somnath temple 2 months ago, This is first jyotirling in world. This place is really nice & divine place. We reached veraval by train. After frshing up we took an auto and visited somnath, we got awesome darshan. We also visited Bhalka tirth (Krishna bhagvan' nirvan place), we alos seen pandav's gufe, 3 river's milan, etc. Food is really good & delicious.
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Dhiraj Luhana

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  • Dhiraj Luhana
  • Lives in Anand
  • 3 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
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"Overall, a good experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2015
It was a very nice experience to visit Somnath at this time. At this time it was not too much crowded in the mandir and this will help you to do the Darshan peacefully and as many time as you want. I stayed there for 1 night and 1. 5 day and I did the Darshan 5 times, and after that enjoyed the look at the sea at the back side of the Somnath mandir.

It was very joyful to see the long long sea from the mandir. At the night, it was great to have some cold wind and some noise of the sea. It was a great experience.
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Shreeraj Patel

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  • Shreeraj Patel
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
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"An awesome place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 6, 2015
JAY JAY BHOLA..... OM NAMAH SHIVAAY....

As I am a intimate devotee of lord SHIV. I love this place quite much. Even if you arent a devotee of shiv, Must visit this place. The sound of ocean behind the temple is quite soothing. You can just fall in love with that particular scene or the spot and the whole ambience. The journey from gandhinagar to somnath i travelled through PATEL TRAVELS. It was not so good or not soo bad.
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"Overall, a great experience"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2015
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

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  • Lives in Agra
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"Overall, a good city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2015
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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