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    Best time to Visit Somnath: Jan,Oct,dec

    Category : Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

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    Somnath is an important pilgrim center of the country. It is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

     

    Soma refers to moon god. And Somnath, literally means 'Lord of the Moon' or 'The Protector of Moon God'. 

    According to the legend, the Moon (Chandra) was cursed king Daksha to fade away. The moon then prayed to Lord Shiva who gave partial respite from the curse, so the moon only disappears periodically.
    Somnath temple is thus dedicated to Lord Shiva - the Protector of Moon.

     

    According to Hindu mythology this is also the place where Lord Krishna was shot in the leg.

     

    Somnath is a shore town, which lies in the confluence where River Saraswati meets the Arabian sea. The Somnath temple lies overlooking Arabian Sea and has one of the most scenic locations among all Jyotirlinga temples. 
     
    The popular attractions in Somnath are - Somnath temple and Somnath beach. There are number of other temples around Somnath (Bhalka Tirth, Triveni Sangam) that are visited by pilgrims as a part of pilgrim trip.

     

    Festivals:
    A large fair held on the full moon of Kartik Purnima in November/December attracts major crowd from all over the world.

     

    The visit to Somnath is usually combined with 
    •    Dwarka temple visit (234 kms)
    •    Gir National Park / Sasan Gir (70 kms) along with Tulsi Shyam Temple
    •    Diu (86 kms) 


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    Somnath Temple / Somnath Jyotirlinga

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    Somnath Temple is the most popular pilgrim center in Gujrat. This shore temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is of the twelve jyotirlingas. The temple is located on Triveni Sangam, the confluence of three rivers - Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati. It is believed that Somnath Temple was rebuilt many times - the Moon God (Soma) built the initial temple in gold. It was later rebuilt in silver by Ravana. Again Lord Krishna built it in wood and later it was again built in stone by Bhima. The treasures of this rich temple has been looted and destroyed many times by emperors like Mahmud Ghazni, Alauddin Khilji, Aurangzeb.
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      Ahilyabai Temple

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      Ahilyabai Temple is another Shiva temple in the city. It was built as a substitute to the original Somnath Temple; when the Somnath Temple was raided and ravaged. It is a popular pilgrim site.
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        Triveni Ghat

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        Triveni Ghat is one of the most important Holy Places in Somnath. It is the place where the three rivers namely Hiran, Kapil and Saraswati meet with the Arabian Sea. The ghat has temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is believed Lord Krishna was cremated here.
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          Bhalka Tirth

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          Bhalka Tirth is a small temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is the site where Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot.
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            Junagadh Gate

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            Junagadh Gate is of historic significance. This ancient gateway has intricate carvings and is a beautiful sight to seen. It is believed that it was through this Junagadh Gate that Mahmud Ghazni entered Somnath and looted the magnificent Somnath Temple.
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              Mai Puri Masjid

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              Mai Puri Masjid was a temple dedicated to the Sun God in earlier days. It was later converted into a mosque during Mahmud Ghazni time. It is believed to be centuries old.
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                Prabhas Patan Museum

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                Prabhas Patan Museum is a interesting museum. It houses the remains of the earlier temple, Lord Shiva's Kalbhairav linga, holy waters of different rivers of the world, and many other ancient historic artifacts.
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                  Paanch Pandav Gufa

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                  Paanch Pandav Gufa is a temple dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The temple provides beautiful views of the entire city.
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                    Other temples in Somnath

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                    Besides Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple, there are many more temples in Somnath such as : Kailash Mahameru Prasada, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Gita Mandir, Parshuram Temple, Baldevji Mandir, Bhimnath Mahadev Somnath, Mahaprabhuji Bethak, Laxmi Narayan Mandir and more.
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                      Somnath Beach

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                      Somnath Beach is serene and calm. It is a perfect place to atch the sunset into the Arabian sea. Camel ride on the beach is one of the popular activity.
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                        Veraval

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                        Veraval is merely 6 km from Somnath. It was previously a fortified port town in ancient time. The fort and many other structures are in ruins right now. It was the summer retreat for royal family of Junagadh.
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                          By Air:
                          Nearest Airport -Diu (86 kms), Porbandar (128 kms), Rajkot (193 kms)

                           

                          By Train:
                          Somnath railway station has good railway connectivity.

                           

                          By Road:
                          Somnath has good road connectivity. There are regular buses plying from the neighbouring cities.
                          Here are some important distances to note from Somnath:
                          Gir National Park - 70 kms
                          Diu - 86 kms
                          Rajkot - 193 kms
                          Dwarka - 234 kms
                          Ahmedabad - 407 kms
                          Gandhinagar - 429 kms