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Triveni Ghat Purify your soul

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Triveni Ghat

Prashant Kumar
12th Nov 17

A good place to visit

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Triveni Ghat

Dhirenshah
20th Oct 17

Triveni ghat (3 rivers meeting each other)

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Triveni Ghat

Modismit
27th Dec 17

Serene in the morning

Serene in the morning  Video Review
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Triveni Ghat

Jay G
27th Dec 17

Must visit place

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Somnath Temple

Neelu Yadav
29th Dec 17

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1A must visit pilgrimage spot
A must visit pilgrimage spot

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta shares, “Extremely beautiful temple alongside a wonderful beach Somnath Mahadev temple is first of the 12 Jyotirlinga. The temple is magnificently built and its construction was personally supervised by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is well-maintained and clean. Situated right beside the beaches of Arabian Sea, this is must visit if you are in Gujarat.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shankararao Kodukulla says, “Holy place First among 12 Jyotirlinga located across India. Very beautiful temple. You can do Abhishek by taking Gangajal. Once you pour the water into a container in front of linga, they turn the motor on, water will fall on the shivling. This is the one time I had darshan with the calm mind.”  

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2To appreciate the magnificent structure
To appreciate the magnificent structure

HolidayIQ Reviewer Paras Bhatia shares, “Temple describes the invasion and revives your inner strength Temple of Somnath is rightly considered to be the First of all Jyotirlingas of God Shiva. Magnificent in every aspect be it architecture or mere the faith of people the temple is self-standing as if telling the stories of all of the invasions by Mughals and undying faith of devotees in their God. ”

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3To view the sun rise from Shiva temple which has 2 Jyotirlingas of Shiva
To view the sun rise from Shiva temple which has 2 Jyotirlingas of Shiva

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pramod Tiwari shares, “Somnath, the holy shrine!! Somnath Shiva temple at the coast of Veraval city. Well-connected by road from major cities of Gujarat. Outside the premises of temple, it's not very clean but inside the temple, it's beautiful and calm. Divine aura of Shiva is clearly felt. Best time is morning during sunrise. ... No belts, no money purse, and mobiles allowed inside. It's one of 12 jyotirlingas of Shiva. ”

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4Famous for being the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva
Famous for being the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “Extremely beautiful temple alongside a wonderful beach Somnath Mahadev temple is first of the 12 Jyotirlinga.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shankararao Kodukulla says, “Holy place. First among 12 Jyotirlinga located across India. Very beautiful temple.”

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5For the one of the biggest Jyoti Lingas in India here
For the one of the biggest Jyoti Lingas in India here

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pramod Tiwari says, “Divine aura of Shiva is clearly felt.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anik Sarkar shares, “Feel the power of lord shiva It is one of the biggest jyotirlinga in India and also can be claimed as the cleanest of all.

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Smriti Das

Smriti Das5.0/5

352 reviews

Somnath is a beautiful holy town

Somnath is mainly a holy town in the state of Gujarat. The town is famous for the Somnath temple which is believed to be one of the twelve jyotirlinga temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Due to its religious significance, a large number of devotees visit the place in each year. There are many places in Somnath other than the main Somnath Temple. Visited Triveni Sangam and Bhalka Tirth also.

Kiran Jintikar

Kiran Jintikar5.0/5

11 reviews

Somnath - Must visit place

Somnath is one of the 12 jostling of shivas. It’s the most ancient temple history in the world. The temple is invaded by many Muslims in past and later the temple rebuild by Sardar Patel post independence . . This temple is the most Holi place and the shivlinga is really worth of watching. There is sound and light show at 8 to 9 and trust me it’s treat for watching and feel that experience

Recommended Duration in Somnath

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Somnath Overview

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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