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Somnath Temple is the first jyotirlinga among 12 jyotirlinga which is situated at Prabas Patan near veraval under Gir Somnath district Gujarat state. Somnath temple located on shore of the Arabian sea.  Somnath temple have very religious pilgrimage site in the Hindu religion.

Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple


History: 1) According to Hindu Puran, the God Moon (God Soma) was married to the 27 daughters of Daksha Prajapati. He was partial to Rohini, his favourite and neglected the others so that Chandra lost its lustre. After the curse, god Brahma advised him to worship of lord Shiva. Chandra worshipped lord Shiva at Triveni sangam (the confluence of three rivers: Kapila, Hiran and Saraswati ). He got his original lustre from lord Shiva blessing and name of Somanath originated from god of Soma. God Soma built gold temple of somnath, lord Krishna built sandalwood temple of Somnath.

2) Muslims invaders destroyed Somnath temple many times due to its wealthness such as Turkic Muslim ruler in Mahmud Gazani 1024.  The history of continuous plundering and destroying lists attack by Allauddin Khilji in 1297 AD, Mohammed Begeda in 1479, Mujaffar Shah II in 1503 and finally by Aurangzeb in 1701 which was the worst of all attacks when a great wealth was stolen and a large number of people were killed.

3) A new temple for Shiva was built on its ruins in 1783 AD by Sadhvi Alalya devi Holkar.

     After independence under leadership of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel , Somanath temple reconstructed from 1950-1951 and  installation of temple  occurred by Dr. Rajendra Prasad. This temple handover to public in 1995 by Dr. Shankar dayal sharma president of India.

Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple

How to reach Somnath temple:

  1. By Air: Diu is the nearest airport to Somnath temple just 83km distance. and get direct flight to Diu from Mumbai daily.
  2. By Train: From Ahmedabad get direct train for Somnath (Somnath Jabalpur express). other nearest station is veraval just 7km. distance and reach to Somnath from Veraval station by Somnath trust bus service or auto rickshaws.
  3. By Road: Daily bus service both govt. and private transport is available from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and different parts of Gujarat.

Hotels and restaurants

Somnath temple is very famous pilgrimage place. There are many hotels surrounding the Somnath temple.
  1.  Lilavati guest house, Maheshwari atithi bhavan and Sagar darshan guest house run by Shree Somnath trust has reasonable rates rooms, location very good and rooms booked online on visit site shree somnath trust.
  2. Retiring rooms of Indian railway is available in Somnath railway station and book room online  available. 
  3.  Also many hotels and dharmshalas are available.

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