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Anand r

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1 reviewPosted 4 years ago

Life time experience at Somnath!

"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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Prabhakar Chodavarapu

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2 reviewsPosted 1 year ago

Pilgrimage dreams come true

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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Kirtikumar bhindora

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1 reviewPosted 10 months ago

Every one must visit this Spiritual Place as its Perfect place for Picnic as wel as Spiritual.

The Somnath temple is located in Prabhas Patan near Vera val in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the first among the 12 Jostling shrines of Lord Shiva. It is an important Pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Destructed and reconstructed several times in the past, the present temple was reconstructed in Chalukya style of the Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was envisioned by Vallabhbha Patel and was completed under K. M. Munshi, both then Cabinet Ministers of Government of India.
The Temple is open daily from 06:00 to 21:00. There are 3 aartis performed daily ;at 07:00, at 12:00 and at 19:00.
The Jyotirlinga is adorned with flowers, ornaments of silver and gold and people from far and wide come to worship it.
Somnath means "The protector of the moon gold " and the Somnath temple is known as " The shrine Eternal", having been destroyed many times by Islamic King and rulers.
Their people eat "Kathivadi" famous thali. People shopping there many thing of shells at Somnath sea cost. Seacoast kept people busy in it. It is a very worth seeing nice spiritual place.

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K satyanarayana  Murthy

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7 reviewsPosted 5 years ago

Somnath Pilrimage

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 place. Do not miss to visit dehotsarg, triveni sangam, baluka teerth, parshuram temple, veneshwar mahadev temple and an ancient sun god temple. Also do visit cave temple of hinglaj mata. We arranged an auto and covered all the places in half a day.

For eating out, there are a variety of restaurants serving Gujarati dhoklas, phafdas, mix bhajias etc. in the shopping complex near the temple. Do carry lot of bottled water as the water is very salty. Amul milk parlor near the temple is a must visit for lassi, ice creams, milk etc.

I and my wife went on long walks in the evenings and soaked the holy atmosphere and also the beautiful breeze from the sea. We also visited the nature park (hari har van), which many do not know about. Lot of interesting birds and flower /tree varieties can be seen here. Please check up timings before visit.

From Mumbai we traveled by train. The nearest station is veraval. You can take an auto from veraval to Somnath and the journey takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Kiran sood Sood

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63 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Pride of India : Somnath temple

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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Hiralal Kadlabju

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

Somnath, the divine abode of Shiva

Somnath temple is the abode of Bhagwan Shankar on the sea coast in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. This ancient and historical temple was destroyed by marauders once but like the reincarnation of a god, it got resurrected and is today not only a glorious example of determined faith of the believers and an architectural marvel of great beauty, but also a holy and pious pilgrim centre which brings peace and tranquillity to one's mind after one gets fortunate enough to have the Darshanas of Bhagwan Shiv Shankar. One should feel blessed if one gets an opportunity to pray and offer worship at the lotus feet of Bhole Baba at Somnath.

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Chinmoy mohanty

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6 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Mesmerizing place of religious visit!

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.

Shvetang Gupta

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32 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Relogious place

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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Parbatbhai Karetha

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

Religious destination!

According to the Mythology 1st jyotiling of 12 Jyotilingas is located on west coast of India at Somnath. Which is one of the important religious place. The temple with its unique architecture is located on the seashore. Temple remain open for all day and each and every second is best to visit this place but if you want to see the beautiful sunset than evening time is best to visit. Apart from all there is Triveni Sangam, old temple, and Bhalkatirth the place where Lord Krishna have passed their last days. Must Visit place.

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Nakum Prashant

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14 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

An amazing visit to Somnath

It is held near by Veraval, Gujarat. One of 12th Jyotirlinga. Actually it is first Jyotirlinga, best time to visit is during Shravan Maas very cell decorated and lots of people come to visit Lord Shiva during this period, its near by seashore which has very very good view. It's Gujarati taboo that 'Somanth no dario varas ma ak var bhagvan na pag pakhalva ave' that means once in a year water of sea drains into temple of Shiva to give his presence near by with him.

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