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The Somnath Temple also known as shiva temple,  somnath mandir,  shiv mandir.  It located in the Prabhas Patan near the port of Veraval in Saurashtra on the west coast of Gujarat. This temple considered to be the first of the 12 jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva in India. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination of Gujarat. The ancient Hindu temple rebuilt in the Chalukya style of architecture after repeated demolition of this temple in ancient times by several Muslim invaders and the Portuguese. Somnath means "Lord of the Gods", which considered a part of Lord Shiva.

Somnath temple of Gujarat dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple located at a place where there is no land in a straight line between the Somnath sea to Antarctica. Due to the ancient history of Somnath Temple and its architecture and fame, a large number of tourists from all over the country and the world come to see it. So this is a great place of worship for Shiva devotees.

History Of Somnath Temple- shiva temple:-

It beleaved that somnath temple built by Chandradev Somraj himself. It mentioned in the Rigveda. Historians believe that the glory and glory of the Somnath temple in Veraval port of Gujarat spread far and wide. The Arab traveler Al Baruni mentioned it in his travelogue, so that Mahmud Ghaznavi attacked the Somnath temple with his five thousand soldiers in 1024 and completely destroyed the temple by looting its property. During that time, about fifty thousand people were worshiping inside the Somnath temple, Ghaznavi got all the people murdered and ran away with the looted property. Somnath Temple also called Shiva Temple.


After this, Raja Bhima of Gujarat and King Bhoj of Malwa rebuilt it. Shiva Temple demolished for the fifth time when the Delhi Sultanate took over Gujarat in 1297. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ordered in 1702 that if Hindus worship again in the Somnath temple, it would be completely demolished.  Eventually he again demolished the Shiva Temple in 1706. The Shiva Temple as it stands at present built by the Home Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and dedicated to the nation by the President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma on December 1, 1995.

Story Related To Somnath Temple-12 jyotirlinga:-

The story related to Somnath Temple is very ancient and unique. According to legends, Som or Chandra had arranged his marriage with the seven daughters of King Daksha. But he loved his only wife the most. Seeing this injustice happening to his other daughters, King Daksha cursed them that from today onwards, your brightness and intensity will slowly be over. After this, the brightness of Chandradev started decreasing every day. dwarka somnath tour  provide  you best apportunity to visit holy places. Disturbed by King Daksha's curse, Som started worshiping Shiva. Pleased with the worship of Soma, Lord Shiva freed him from the curse of Daksha. Freed from the curse, King Som Chandra built the temple of Lord Shiva at this place and the temple named Somnath Temple. Since then, this temple is famous throughout the world including India.


Interesting Facts About Somnath Temple:-

Generally, all tourist places and mandir have some kind of special feature, due to which people go to see it. Somnath mandir also has its own specialty. Let us know what are some interesting facts about this temple.

You will surprised to know that the Shivalinga located in Somnath mandir has radioactive properties which helps in maintaining balance above ground. It took five years to build this temple.

The peak of the Shiva temple is 150 feet in height and inside the temple is the sanctum sanctorum, sabhamandapam and dance mandapam.

Somnath mandir looted by Mahmud Ghaznavi which is  prevalent event in history. After this, the name of the temple became famous all over the world.

To the south of the temple is a pillar along the sea side known as Banastambha. Arrows placed above it, indicating that there is no part of the earth between the Somnath temple and the South Pole.

There is a confluence of three rivers Deer, Kapila and Saraswati and people come to bathe in this Triveni. The mandir spread over 10 kilometers of the city and has 42 temples.

The Somnath mandir also initially known as Prabhaskshetra and it was here that Lord Krishna committed his killing.


It is believed that the Devdwar housed in Agra belongs to the Somnath mandir, which Mahmud Ghaznavi had looted with him.

Situated on the summit of the temple, the Kalash weighs 10 tons and its flag is 27 feet high.

It is the first Jyotirlinga of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, So after its establishment, the next Jyotirlinga established in Varanasi, Rameswaram and Dwarka. For this reason it considered a great place of worship for Shiva devotees.

The Somnath mandir is open for tourists and devotees from 6 am to 9 pm. So Aarti performed three times in the temple. A large number of devotees gather to witness this amazing aarti. Light and sound show runs in the Somnath mandir complex from 7:30 pm to 8.30pm. Most tourists also come to see the architecture of Somnath mandir.

How To Reach Somnath Temple:-

Somnath is definitely a tourist destination but does not have its own railway station or airport. So after reaching the stations and airports of other nearby cities, Somnath can be reached by local transport. If you book Gujarat tour package then Let us know how to reach Somnath temple.

By plane:-

The nearest airport to Somnath is Diu Airport which is about 63 km from Somnath. From Diu, Somnath can be reached by regular buses, luxury buses or commuter buses. Porbandar Airport is 120 km from Somnath and Rajkot Airport is 160 km away.  so Flights from different cities are possible for these airports.


By bus:-

Buses are the best way to get to Somnath, as there are many options available. Somnath surrounded by many small towns which are well connected by both bus services, non-AC as well as luxury AC buses. The cost of air-conditioned buses from Diu to Somnath is Rs 300 per person. Somnath can also be reached by bus from other nearby places like Rajkot, Porbandar and Ahmedabad. Apart from this, services of private buses are also available.

By train:-

The nearest railway station from Somnath is Veraval, which is 5 km from Somnath. The station connected to Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other important cities of Gujarat by rail. It runs 14 pairs of trains daily. Apart from this, Veraval station can reached by passenger trains. Therefore from there, one can go to Somnath Temple via taxi.

Stay Near Somnath Temple-12 jyotirlinga:-


Good arrangements also available for tourists visiting Somnath Temple to stay there. Sri Somnath Trust provides rooms on rent to tourists around the temple. You can stop at Sagar Darshan Guest House, Lilavati Guest House, Maheshwari Samaj Guest House, Tanna Guest House, Sanskriti Bhavan, 12 jyotirlinga, tungnath, kotilingeshwara temple, run by the trust of the temple. All these guest houses have different accommodation.  so According to your convenience and budget, you can stop and visit 12 jyotirlinga here.




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