Somnath Tourism

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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Prabhakar Chodavarapu

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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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"Relogious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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"You will feel mental peace when you are inside the temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Meet mehta

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  • Meet mehta
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"Good place for devotees"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 26, 2016
The temple is obviously well maintained, nice campus for sitting and relaxing. Great atmosphere. It is at the sea shore so nice and windy place.
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Pratik Gore

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  • Pratik Gore
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"Best season to visit is during winter"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 6, 2016
The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot. Best season to visit is during winter. Muhammad ghazni once breaked this temple of lord shiva. It was then reconstructed. After darshan of somnath mahadev, there are lots of pilgrimage like bhalka tirth, velneshwar mandir, krishna maharaj paduka, sarada math and most interesting that one shivling on bank of sea. It is usually under water during winter and rainy season. Somnath temple trust arranges lodging for bhakt but you have to do advance booking. And also people can get hotel room for 3 hrs for fresh up at normal rate of Rs. 300 per 4 person's.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 63 Reviews
  •  57 helpful votes
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"Pride of India : Somnath temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2016
Class -room teachings also leave permanent imprint on mind. Yes, the moment I arrived at Somnath my memories came alive. My head bowed down with great reverence before iron man Sardar Patel. I went to the platform first which stands to prove our civilization cannot be crushed by any invader. Soul does not die and it takes birth again. Yes life is eternal and same is our Shiv -Mandir at Somnath. This Shivling reflects light as if illuminated from within. My soul purified by Shiva's jyotirling. A connect from Baba Kedarnath of Himalayas at Somnath felt deep within. I couldn't utter a word for couple of hours. Standing taller by the whirling waves at Somnath I was proud of being Indian and I could see writ large Somnath is symbol of Indian pride.
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Vamshi krishna Bommerla

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  • Vamshi krishna Bommerla
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A wonderful temple of lord shiva"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2016
Somnath is a jyothirlinga. The architecture and ambience of the temple and surrounding are excellent. This temple has peaceful atmosphere and is located on the shore of the sea. The linga of shiva is a big one and decorations are done to it and it looks so beautiful. Finally an awesome temple.
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Pramod Tiwari

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  • Pramod Tiwari
  • Lives in Dibrugarh
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"Somnath, the first amongst all Jyotirlingas"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
One of the first amongst all 12 Jyotirlingas, Somnath the place of Lord Shiva is beautiful temple situated on the coastal city of Veraval in Gujarat. Temple is beautiful and easily reachable by road. Provide a scenic view of blue sea behind temple.
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Chinmoy mohanty

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  • Chinmoy mohanty
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"Mesmerizing place of religious visit!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2016
Sri Somnath temple, with light & sound show. The history related to the place as described during the show and thereafter all the temples nearby are way beyond words. The recommend sequence of visit is as follows: Sri Somnath temple, light & sound show, old Somnath temple follower by Triveni that and other temples nearby. A must visit for religious tourism.
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S s sharma

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  • S s sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Somnath - Glory of India"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Somnath temple in Prabhas area of Gujrat is 230 kms from Dwarka, pleasant road journey of 4-5 hours with Mul Dwarka and other places on the way.There are various hotels in Somnath and we stayed in Sagar Darshan, with temple on its one side and beautiful seashore on the other.

Somnath temple is the glory of India recreated after plundering by invaders so many times. Its majestic presence attracts thousands of pilgrims daily from all over India and abroad. It is a must to attend the light and sound show in the evening to fully appreciate and experience its history and the divine connections and vibes it has. A darshan of Lord Shiva at aarti time is the best time to visit.

There are free sight seeing tours from the temple to the nearby temples. An auto also charges 200-300 only and it takes 3-4 hours. It is advisable to visit Somnath for two nights with at least one full day with you to fully enjoy the trip and have satisfaction of the visit. A couple of photographs from nearby temples & places are attached.
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