Somnath Tourism

Somnath Tourism

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"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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Anand r
  • Anand r
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"Life time experience at Somnath!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
"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....... More
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"Beautiful sunset from here!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Somnath is one of the very popular pilgrimages of India. It is right on the sea shore. The sun set is truly beautiful from here. The original temple is now just a mould of bricks. The new temple has been constructed on the lines of the....... More
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K satyanarayana  Murthy
  • K satyanarayana Murthy
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Somnath Pilrimage"

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  • Posted 6 months ago
Somnath (Gujarat) is one of the twelve jyotirlingas and has a place of pride in Indian mythology. The temple and surroundings are extremely well maintained. Best time to visit Somnath is September to December. People of any age would like this....... More
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  • Vivek Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"A trip to Somnath-Gir-Dwarka"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
It becomes an year since I had a thought of visiting Gir National Park to see an Asiatic lion, after getting inspired by ad of Big B. My wish came true when my family agreed with condition of extending the tip to Somnath and Dwarka to give the....... More
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Bharat Vadgama
  • Bharat Vadgama
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"Holy place!!!"

  • Posted 9 months ago
5 km. from Veraval. The somnath temple in 10km area there are many temple religious place and sea shore is very nice and garden also fine Food, sight-seeing and shopping: For Food Lilavati ansthan restaurant, it is serve good quality food........ More
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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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