The legendary shore
Somnath Mandir Timing :
Timing for Darshan at
Timing for Aarti : 7.00 am, and
“Jay Somnath” Sound and Light Show :
Official website of Somnath mandir : http://www.somnath.org/ ,online darshan is also available
Somnath temple with illumination
Info from wikipedia:
The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India is the most sacred of the twelve Jyotirlings (lingas of light) phallic symbol of the God Shiva. Somnath means "The Protector of Moon God". The
Hindu mythology states that years ago, the Moon God Chandra, being arrogant about his beauty, was cursed by his father-in-law Daksha to wane. The Moon then prayed to Lord Shiva at the Prabhas tirth (a Hindu pilgrimage) who then removed the curse partially, thus causing the periodic waning of moon.
It has been said that Somnath Temple was first built with gold by Moon God, with silver by Ravana, with sandalwood by Lord Krishna, and with stone by Bhimdeva (Solanki Ruler of Gujarat; Solanki was one of the 5 Rajput kingdoms in India).
The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among the temples of
The following extract is from “Wonders of Things Created, and marvels of Things Existing” by Asaru-L- Bilad, a 13th century Arab geographer. It contains the following description of Somnath temple and its destruction: The following is a long quotation:
“Somnath: celebrated city of
(Elliot’s footnote: The enormous treasures found at Somnat have been a theme of wonder for all who have written on that conquest.) “When the king asked his companions what they had to say about the marvel of the idol, and of its staying in the air without prop or support, several maintained that it was upheld by some hidden support. The king directed a person to go and feel all around and above and below it with a spear, which he did, but met with no obstacle. One of the attendants then stated his opinion that the canopy was made of loadstone, and the idol of iron, and that the ingenious builder had skillfully contrived that the magnet should not exercise a greater force on anyone side-hence the idol was suspended in the middle. Some coincided, others differed. Permission was obtained from the Sultan to remove some stones from the top of the canopy to settle the point. When two stones were removed from the summit the idol swerved on one side, when more were taken away it inclined still further, until at last it rested on the ground.”
According to the legends, Soma, the moon God built the temple in gold, Ravan in silver,
The present temple is the seventh temple reconstructed on the original site. The first
In 725 Junayad, the Arab governor of
In 1024, Mahmud Ghazni raided the temple from across the
The fourth temple was built by the Paramara King Bhoj of Malwa and the Solanki king Bhima of Gujarat (Anhilwara) or Patan between 1026 and1042. The wooden structure was replaced by Kumar pal (r.1143-72), who built the temple of stone. .
The temple was razed in 1297 when the Sultanate of Delhi conquered
How to reach Somnath :
Amdavad is connected by Rail, Road and Air with all the major destinations. Veraval Somnath is connected with Amdavad to Rail and Road facilities. Somnath is at a distance of 465 km. from Amdavad. At present Jet Airwais operates passenger flight from
By Train :
List of train From Ahmedabad :
By Road :
There are buses to all over
Where To Stay :
Where to Stay—Somnath
Sri Somnath Guest House 02876 (231212), close to the
Where to Stay—Veraval
Satkar Hotel 02876 (220120), near the bus stand, is a good place to stay. It has well-maintained, clean rooms for Rs 250/250 to Rs 550/600 with A/C. It has hot water in the morning and dorm beds for Rs 50. It is on a side street, so it is quiet at night.
Hotel Ajanta, across from the bus stand, is a good place with rooms with bath for Rs 250/375 and Rs 400/500 for a deluxe room with TV.
Toran Tourist Bungalow 02876 (246588, 220488), College Rd, near the seashore and lighthouse, has quite well-maintained rooms for Rs 400/500 and with A/C for 500/600. Dorm bed for Rs 125. It is inconveniently located and checkout time is . Have balconies with a good view of the ocean and sunset.
Chetna Rest House 02876 (220688), across from the bus stand, has clean basic rooms with bath for Rs 100/150 and with common bath for 85/150.
Hotel Park02876 (242702; fax 242056), on the road to Junagadh, has rooms for Rs 750/950 and Rs 1150/1400 with A/C.
There are Retiring Rooms at the railway station for Rs 150/175. Dorm beds are Rs 75.
Where to Stay—Chorwad
At Chorwad, 20km from Veraval, there is a former summer palace of the Nawabs of Junagadh, now converted into the Palace Beach Resort (02876 88557). Rooms in the cottages are Rs 550. Rooms in the annex are Rs 300 and Rs 700 with A/C. This place can be booked ahead at a
» Guesthouse Facility : Somnath
Pilgrims can avail the guest house facilities of Shree Somnath Trust. Trust maintains a
» Contact for Booking :
Vijaysih Chavda: Guesthouse Manager
Shree Somnath Trust, Somnath Prabhas Patan - 362 268
District : Junagadh,
Ph. No. : 02876-231212, 231200, 92278 77751, 98793 77751
» Office Supervisor :
Ph. No. : 98258 73996
Link for location on Wikimapia :
For Google Earth : Coordinates: 20°53'16"N 70°24'3"E