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Somnath

Junagadh , Gujarat

Somnath is one of the grandest temples in India and will always be etched in history because of the beauty of this temple. A part of the glorious history of Gujarat, Somnath proudly stands with the towering shikharas of grand old ancient Somnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The important aspect of this temple is that it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas which are held in high regard by every Hindu. This place is one of the great places of pilgrimage and the constant flow of tourists seem to enliven this place and give it a new energy. Somnath, literally means Lord of Moon, derived its name from the famous Somnath temple. This religious destination was earlier known as ‘Prabhas Patan’. This town, unaffected by the modern luxuries and concrete jungles, still holds its historical, mythological and religious appeal to masses of Hindu devotees. This is a perfect place to worship the God and relive the past. This is a quaint little town which will remind of a bygone era where everything was quite simple in nature. Placed at the extreme southwest Arabian Coast in Sourashtra, Somnath town encloses a serene beach, few streets and a bus stand. It is believed that Somnath is located at a place where the holy River Saraswathy flows into the Sea. This sacred temple town vibrant with ‘Shiv Bhajan’ is visited by millions of tourists every year. Several nearby attractions, including Somnath Museum, Somnath Beach, Junagadh Gate, Balukha Teertha, Akhilabai temple and Mai Puri, makes this town as a perfect tourist destination for the pilgrims to India.

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  • Junagadh Gate


    "Junagadh gate, a main attraction in Somanth, is the prime gateway to Somanth. One can enter the temple town from the nearest city Veraval only through this gate. This is a triple gate with historical significance and is an ancient structure which was built many centuries back. This is a striking gate with many intricate carvings on the gate walls. \nIt is through this gate the foreign invader Mahmud Gazni broke it to enter the holy city and destroyed the temples in the town and looted the great wealth.. The foreign invader ruined most parts of the structure as well during his invasion to the city."

    Junagadh Gate

  • Panch Pandav Gufa


    "Panch Pandava Gufa is a temple situated near Lalghati in Somnath. This is a marvelous temple founded by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949. This temple is dedicated to five Pandava brothers. This temple, located at an elevated place, offers a beautiful view of surrounding holy city. \nImposing idols of five Pandava brothers are enshrined. The idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Rama and Goddess Durga are also installed in this grand modern temple. The temple is built in a scenic environment and the ambiance offers a calm and cool spiritual atmosphere. A Sanskrit college is established in the compound of this temple."

    Panch Pandav Gufa

  • Balukha Tirtha


    "Bhaluka Tirtha (Bhalka Teerth) is a holy tirth (pond) in Somnath along Prabhas-Veraval highway. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter known as Jara. Lord Krishna was sitting under a Banyan tree in meditation when the hunter mistook the legs as a dear and shot at. \nThis tirtha is placed at the confluence of three holy rivers including the river Hiran. There is a small temple built under the Banyan tree on the bank of the tirtha with a majestic white idol of Lord Krishna. The pink colored foot of the Krishna and an image of the hunter Jara with folded hands are also seen in the temple."

    Balukha Tirtha

  • Gita Mandir


    "Gita Mandir, placed at the confluence of three holy rivers known as Triveni Tirtha, is a Krishna temple built by Birla family in 1970. Mythology says that Lord Krishna walked about 4km from Baluka Tirtha to here after hit by the arrow by a hunter Jara. \nGita temple, also known as Birla temple, is a marvelous architectural beauty in Marbles. The images of Gita Hymns are depicted in the inscriptions of marble walls. The Mandir is constructed in such a way that one can hear the echo of his voice inside the temple, so that the Krishna bhajans by the devotees can be echoed in the environments."

    Gita Mandir

  • Kamnath Mahadev Temple

  • Lakshminarayan Temple

  • Old Somnath Temple

  • Parasuram Temple


    "The Prasuram temple is located at a holy spot on the banks of the Triveni Ghat. It is believed that Prasuram, one incarnation of Lord Vishnu, had undergone a long period penance in this place to come out from the curse of killing the Kshatriya Kings. It was here Lord Shiva (Somnath) offer relief to him from the immaculate curse. \nThe temple is located at a scenic location with beautiful landscapes and two ancient Kunds (bathing pools). Many devotees visit this temple to pray to Lord Parasuram and spend their time in Dhyanam (meditation). This is one of the rare temples in India dedicated to Parasuram."

    Parasuram Temple

  • Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple


    "Somnath temple, a highly revered temple, is one of the main 12 Shiva temples in India enshrining the Jyotorlingas. This temple is constructed in the Chalukya style with a height of about 155 ft. The stone Kalash place at the top of main shikhara weighs about 10 tonnes. \nMarvelously adorned Jyotirlinga with flowers, silver and gold adornments is a special attraction in this temple. The aarati puja at this temple is rejuvenating and is best for spiritual enlightenment. Ringing of bells, beating drums and cymbals make the occasion reverberating with Shiv Bhajans. \nIt is believed that Moon built this temple in Gold, later Ravana renovated it with silver, Lord Krishna by Wood and finally Bhima, one of the Pandavas, built this by stones. The temple had undergone many invasions buy foreign invaders, but still kept it sanctity and prominence. The splendid glory of this temple continues. \nThe temple was fully renovated and opened for the Somnath devotees in 1995, by the then President of India Shri. Shankar Dayal Sharma. This is a real august specimen of Indian temple architecture and the worthy religious destination to enlighten strong belief in God."

    Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

  • Suraj Mandir


    "Suraj Mandir, also popularly known as Sun Temple, in Somnath is also an ancient temple dating back to the origin of Somnath temple. This temple is situated at the north of the Triveni Ghat, the confluence of three holy rivers. The temple was set up to offer prayers to Sun God. \nThe temple architecture is amazing with many images of elephants, lions and other birds and animals. This temple also was attacked many a times by Muslim foreign invaders. But later it was renovated to present structure. The temple is a rare specimen of worshiping to nature and is praise worthy symbols of Hindu cultural heritage."

    Suraj Mandir

  • Triveni Ghat

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