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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Parbatbhai Karetha

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  • Parbatbhai Karetha
  • Lives in Keshod
  • 1 Review
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"Religious destination!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Mayank Kumar

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  • Mayank Kumar
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place for a religious visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A very good place for everyone to visit. Its a place summed up with Shiv Sagar. The beach is very beautiful. The temple area is also very neat clean and beautiful. There is facility of bathroom. Many hotels are there to stay. For sightseeing of nearby places a government bus facility is also their which costs like nothing. All over its a Milan of masti and bhakti for me.
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Mukesh Sagar

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  • Mukesh Sagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 37 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
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"Best place for religious people"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We have done a religious trip to this place and Dwarka. Somnath is famous for the Somnath Temple and other Teerth Spots such as Golakdham Teerth and Bhalka temple. The place is also known for fishing. Lots of fishing factories are there. Somnath is one of the 12 jyotirlingas and it is located at a very beautiful location. There is triveni sangam nearby where three holy rivers meet. Then there is also Golakdham Teerth nearby which is teerth having 8 Temples. It is located beautifully alongside of triveni sangam.
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Nitinkumar Mehta

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  • Nitinkumar Mehta
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Pleasant trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a good journey from Ahmedabad to Somnath. We felt very pleasant trip. We are planning to visit Somnath again but after a year means next year. We were pleased to see the light and sound show. No doubt, it is not as good as the show held in New Delhi and Red Fort. The show is only depends on the light, but it is not in running condition as in Red Fort. Any way it is new one for all the foreigners and hence every body are eager to see the show.
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Pankaj mishra

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  • Pankaj mishra
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"Overall a good place for relisgious tour"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One should visit Somnath for the holy darshan of Lord Shiva. No shoes, No camera, No belt, No phones. All these needs to be deposited before hand. It is a small town connected with Somnath Railway station and Veraval. One should definitely plan to Visit Somanth Temple, and Triveni Sangam. The Light and sound show is also a good activity to witness.

There are number of restaurants around the area and in the area where most of the hotels are located. Finding food is not tough. However getting Gujarati food or local speciality will be a time consuming task. There are lost of shops around the temple. I carried a camera and most of the time after darshan I spent in shooting the Guls and the water birds. It was not very cold and in fact was hot in the day, so woollens may be required at night only. Lots of options in terms of coconut water to hydrate yourself. Do not expect a great and clean location. These are usual as any other town in India. There are enough lockers and places to keep your shoes and other belongings, so no worry.
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Mr.bharat l Patel

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  • Mr.bharat l Patel
  • Lives in Anand
  • 2 Reviews
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"Holy place of Mahadev"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Somnath is one of the Jyotirling located near by sea. In the temple lots of people coming from worldwide. Temple is constructed from beautiful carving stones with gold plated. There is a fantastic arrangements for prayer like TV screens, security, sitting arrangements. Beautiful gardens are there. Musical fountains are there. 12 Jyotirling darshan facilities in the temple.
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Hiralal Kadlabju

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  • Hiralal Kadlabju
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"Somnath, the divine abode of Shiva"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Nakum Prashant

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  • Nakum Prashant
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"An amazing visit to Somnath"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Kar Swarna

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  • Kar Swarna
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"Somanath at the shore of Arabian sea"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Somanath temple at the shore of Arab ocean offers a great view to the pilgrims as well as nature lovers. Great architectural design in the temple it self. The sun began to show it's rage as early as 8 am to 5 pm. So I think it will be wise to plan to visit the temple in the afternoon to make some special moments out of it. The special temple flag changes three times a day. And we have encountered one such occasion during our visit. We can see the old temple in the divinity of the main temple. Bhalka Tirtha is also a destination near by.
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Shailesh Limaye

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  • Shailesh Limaye
  • Lives in Pune
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"Good destination & best of religious visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Somnath is the fist and foremost jyotirlinga. Temple is so nice and big, well maintained and clean. It is on the sea face so atmosphere is excellent. I had a trip with family there recently and it was good. We were happy to visit this holy place which is of prime importance in Hinduism.
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