The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. It is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna ended his Lila and thereafter for heavenly abode
According to Puranic legend, Soma, the moon, married 27 sisters, but stubbornly favored one to the neglect of the others. Their father, Daksha Prajapati, therefore cursed him to have his brilliance consumed by the darkness of night. Stricken with grief, the moon went to holy places, trying to alleviate his pain, but to no avail. At last he came here and worshipped Shiva with great devotion for 4000 years.
Shiva took pity on him and bade that he should wane in brilliancy for only 15 days in a month, recovering his lost splendor in the following fortnight. Overcome with gratitude, the moon erected a golden temple to Shiva over the previously existing jyotirlinga. As the moon regained his brilliancy, bhas, at this site, it was named Prabhas, which means “the exceedingly brilliant.”
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The first historical temple at Somnath is believed to have been built between 320 and 500 AD The temple was destroyed a few times during its first several centuries, but little details are available about the successive destructions and reconstructions. In the 11th century AD, the Sunni Muslim iconoclast Mahmud of Ghazni (998-1030), sacked the temple and returned to Ghazna in eastern Afghanistan with the temple treasures, including the famed silver gate.
Then, after a rebuilding, in 1297 AD Allaudin Khilji’s commander-inchief Afzal Khan destroyed the structure. Over the next 500 years, the temple was successively reconstructed and ransacked, by Muzzafar Shah I in 1390, by Muhammad Begda in 1490, Muzzafar II in 1530 and Aurangzeb in 1706. It is said that the temple was looted and destroyed as many as seventeen times.
- Photography: It is not permitted inside the Somnath Temple
- Temple Timings: 6.00am to 9.00pm
- Dress Code: No dress code is mentioned
- Address: Somnath Mandir Rd, Veraval, Gujarat 362268
- Architectural Style: Hindu temple architecture
- Entry Fees: There is no ticket for darshan
- Diety Worshiped: Lord Shiva
- Time: Around 30 minutes
Darshan Timing: 6 AM to 9.00 PM.
Aarti Timings : 7:00 AM, 12:00 NOON, & 7:00 PM.
Light And Sound Show Timing: 8 PM to 9 PM .
(Except in the Monsoon / Rainy Season).
How to Reach Somnath Temple:
The nearest airport by distance is the Diu Airport, which is about 79 km away from Somnath. There are regular taxi services from Diu to Somnath along with commuter buses as well as luxury bus services.
Somnath is located 6 km from the nearest railway station at Verava and also Somnath station which is about 0.5 km away. You can take an auto or a taxi from there to reach the temple.
Somnath is 79 km from Junagadh and 25 km from Chorwad. State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat to Somnath.
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- It had so much treasure that it was looted 17 times by invaders
- It is one of the oldest temple whose refrence can be dated back to320 and 500 AD
- The modern day Somnath Temple was built over five years, from 1947 to 1951 and was inaugurated by then President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad.
- The Shivalinga in the temple is believed to have been safely hiding within its hollowness the famous Syamantak Mani, the Philosopher’s stone, which is associated with Lord Krishna. It is said that it was a magical stone, which was capable of producing gold. It is also believed that stone had alchemic and radioactive properties and could create a magnetic field around itself that helped it remain floating above ground.
- The temple finds its reference in the most ancient texts of Hindus like Shreemad Bhagavat, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda which signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India.
Where to stay (Hotel in Somnath Temple):
Sagar Darshan Guest House
This guest house (somnath trust hotel) is owned by the Somnath Temple trust and is nearest to the temple , have all modern facilities and have sea view rooms.
Address: Somnath Mandir Rd, Somnath, Gujarat 362268
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