Somnath Temple

Sasan gir

14.4/5(25 Ratings)

Somnath Temple Overview

Ranked 1 of 11 sightseeing in Sasan gir

The Somnath Temple is situated at 46 km from Sasan-Gir. It is one of the most popular and ancient Hindu religious temple of India. The temple is said to be one of the richest temples of ancient India but it lost its charm after it was looted several times by the forces of Mahmud of Ghazni in 10th century AD. It was earlier known as ‘Prabhas Patan’ and is one of the 12 important Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva.

Its fair held at ‘Karthik Purnima’ of Hindu calendar is also quite an attraction amongst tourists. Nearby attractions of Somnath Temple includes Somnath Beach, Somnath Museum, Junagadh Gate, Bhaika Teertha, Jama Masjid, Ahilyabai Temple, Bhidiyo Pagoda, Gir National Park, Chorwad Beach, Mai Puri and Port of Veraval.

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What travellers are saying about Somnath Temple

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Kanchan  Ghugre

Kanchan Ghugre4.3/5

7 reviews

Beautiful Temple along the Sea Shores

Travelling to Somnath is a 3-4 hours ride from Rajkot. The temple is really beautifully restored and is a must visit. However, no cameras are allowed on the premises. For that matter, nothing is allowed to be carried inside the premises. But lockers are available at cheap rent near the entry point. As the temple faces the Indian ocean, the view is just sublime . . The temple is surrounded by a huge market which a treat to the ladies to buy authentic kachchha coloured clothes and bags such as scarfs, dupattas, kurtas, koti jackets etc.

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Aishwarya Sharma

Aishwarya Sharma3.9/5

5 reviews

Somnath Temple

The temple itself is nice, but the location of the temple, with the clean blue sea is mesmerizing. The temple itself is like many other big or famous temple. Nothing distinguishing. Go if you are religious or if you have the time. Otherwise, it can be skipped without any great loss

Prasanna kumar

Prasanna kumar4.3/5

5 reviews

Sacred and holy Jyothirlinga

The first Jyothirlinga of the 12. A must see for Hindus. Excellent and clean arrangements to visit the temple. Time the visit in the evening. Donot miss evening 35 minutes light and sound show at Somnath temple. 8 P M and 8. 45 P M. It is splendid. Mobile and leather belt not allowedin the temple. There are digital lockers to keep these articles outside the temple.

Harish Tawde

Harish Tawde4.3/5

8 reviews

Majestic temple with a sunset view

Very well maintained, very serene and very huge temple. Since it is close to the beach it is very windy as well. Overall pleasant.Only thing missing is no trees planted outside and around the campus.

Sudershan chakravarthula

Sudershan chakravarthula4.3/5

3 reviews

One of the clean and enticing Jostling with a honesty & disciplined management

We visited the main temple of Somnath rebuilt by Sardar Vallabhai Patel. We had couple of darshans during our one day stay may be due to less crowd. We had night darshan it was so pleasant with outdoor lightings. The main temple is layered with gold. We had morning Aarti darshan and did sankalp puja inside the temple priest. After that we did abhishek in old temple with a local priest who performed very nicely. Temple staff are kind and helpful. Architecture of the temple inside and outside is immaculate. Ocean view is worth watching. Mobiles, Video Cameras etc are not allowed. No troubling guides or priests in this temple.

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Harshita singh

Harshita singh4.3/5

4 reviews

Majestic Temple with an ancient heritage

The temple is absolutely worth visiting. Not only it is known for its heritage but it has an amazing view. The temple is right on the beach of Somnath and offers the best sunset view. It is magnificent. The Aarti timings are 7 a. M, 12 p. And 7 p. While there, do enjoy their light show which starts around 8 p. They have many restrictions for entering the premises, so it would be better if you are not carrying anything. Although you can use the cloak room.

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Yash Patel

Yash Patel4.3/5

8 reviews

The first and the most important Jyotirling

The temple is a beautiful place and one can get a beautiful view of beach from the temple. Also, the beach is just a little bit distance from the temple and one can spend some beautiful time near the ocean there. It is also a good place for relaxation. The place for staying is nearby the temple. There are also some of the other places to visit nearby. The old somnath temple is very nearby the temple and one must also visit this. Don't feel much of sorry if you miss the light show. The shivling and the temple is mesmerising, go for it.

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Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain3.6/5

7 reviews

Beautiful place for Religious people

There is a proper shoe stand for free. Mobile phones and Leather items are not allowed inside so make proper arrangements in advance. Not a big queue, takes around 10-15mins for a darshan. Very nice scenic view of sea, clean temple area and nice atmosphere. Only negative thing is they sell prasad for 20 Rs/packet. With that quantity, its shear business. And the guy at the counter is rude too. Disappointed watching that.

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Abhijit Sarkar

Abhijit Sarkar5.0/5

41 reviews

First of Jyothi's Linga

Believed first in the list of 12 Jyotirlingas this temple is located on the sea face with elegant architectural master. Visit to the temple when sun sets down and sky and temple colour merges together and gives eminent glow to the place. With strict restriction of photography, photographers are bit disappointed. The temple is barricade well ahead a kilometer and one has to leave behind all except yourself. Lockers are available free (but expect donation on your free will). Tips:1) The best time to enter (if on one day visit) is by 6:30pm after finishing all the other spots in Somnath.2) Darshan has long but manageable Q (L & G separate).3) If interested to witness 7:00 pm Aarti, after darshan don't go out of the main area come back and try to stand near the extreme side railings, squeeze in how much you can.4) During Aarti the middle rows are stopped hence one has a clear view of the main temple from the extreme side railings.5) Worth trying except auspicious days of Shivji. Sound and Light is played from 7:45pm besides the Main temple recalling mythology at its best. Nice sea face view from the back of the temple. Prasad is distributed on the other side with a nominal price.Before making this temple visit one can visit the main original Somnath temple which is underground. No restriction here. Also enjoy the Chowpatty (Sea beach) near the temple but not worth as found dirty and risky. The way to the same is full of sacks which diminishes the sea front beauty.

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Purvi Patel

Purvi Patel5.0/5

17 reviews

One of the jyotirling

Very nice location besides beach. Don't miss laser show in temple & morning aarti. You can enjoy beach after having darshan & also sit around the temple garden.

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