Ahilya Bai Temple, Old Somnath

CategoryHindu Temples

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi, English

AddressAhilya Bai Temple, Old Somnath, GIr Somnath, Gujarat,

pincode362110

DistrictGir Somnath

About Ahilya Bai Temple, Old Somnath

Transportation

There is a bus service starting from the main Somnath temple to take you around these pilgrim places operated by local body and the ticket cost is Rs 20/- per head. Bus timing for Somnath Darshan.

History

This is the old temple which was built by Ahilya bai during the 1700s… this has gradually lost its importance once the new temple was built in the 1970s… however, this still has the old and very nice shiv lingam and should be visited by Shiv bhakts.

Opposite the New Somnath Temple, is a pink, painted structure that has played witness to the colourful history of this land. In the seventeenth century this temple came under the rule of the Marathas. It is said that Ahilyabai Holkar was deeply moved by the ravaged state of the temple and took on herself the task of reconstructing it. It is also said that the location of the swayambhulinga came in Ahilyabai’s dreams post which she started the construction immediately. Many Hindus believe that this temple contains the original jyotirling which was buried assuming that the original temple would be raided. Unlike the new Somnath Temple, everybody is allowed to enter the garbagriha and perform pooja with the help of the local priest. The aarti offered here is accompanied by multiple musical instruments including damroos and makes for a tantalising experience.

Before the present Somnath Temple came into existence, the linga here was treated as jyotirlina. It was constructed by Maharani Ahilyabai because the original temple was destroyed by attackers many times in history. The shivlinga in this temple are on two floors.

Famous for

It is said that this temple was constructed as a substitute for the main Somnath temple when it was raided and ravaged. This temple was built by Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar who patronized Hindu religion in all its glory. When she saw the derelict condition of Somnath temple she built another temple which acted as a substitute to the original one. Even to this day Shiva is worshipped in this temple.

Best time to Visit

Winter months are the best time of the year to visit this temple. The sea shore by the temple is an added attraction, please do not visit during summer.

Best time to Go

The best time to visit Somnath is from October to March.

Distance of nearest cities

  • Somnath
    to
    Ahmedabad
    406km
  • Somnath
    to
    Ambaji
    585km
  • Somnath
    to
    Amreli
    164km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bharuch
    546km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bhavnagar
    277km
  • Somnath
    to
    Bhuj
    399km
  • Somnath
    to
    Dahod
    580km
  • Somnath
    to
    Dwarka
    230km
  • Somnath
    to
    Gandhinagar
    434km
  • Somnath
    to
    Himmatnagar
    485km
  • Somnath
    to
    Jamnagar
    269km
  • Somnath
    to
    Junagadh
    79km
  • Somnath
    to
    Mehsana
    480km
  • Somnath
    to
    Morbi
    489km
  • Somnath
    to
    Palanpur
    552km
  • Somnath
    to
    Porbandar
    129km
  • Somnath
    to
    Saputara
    784km
  • Somnath
    to
    Surat
    642km
  • Somnath
    to
    Valsad
    709km

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Public Transport to Go

Nearest bus stand is Somnath and thier inquiry no. is, 02876221886

Nearest Railway Station is Somnath and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Rajkot and thier inquiry no. is, 02812451849

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