Somnath Mahadev Temple

CategoryHindu Temples

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi, English

AddressSomnath Prabhas Patan, Gir Somnath, Gujarat.

pincode362268

DistrictGir Somnath

About Somnath Mahadev Temple

Transportation

The nearest Airport is at Keshod, (125 kms.) which is connected with Mumbai.
Veraval, (5 kms.) is the closest Railway station. State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat to Somnath.

History

The Someshwar Mahadev temple stands tall among the temples of India. The construction of the present temple in Junagadh district began in 1950. It is the seventh temple built to commemorate the glory of Lord Somnath who was known as BhAiraveshwar in the Sa(ya Yug, Shravanikeshwar in Treta Yug and Shrigaleshwar in DwaparYug.
According to legend, Soma, the moon God built the temple in gold, Ravan in silver, Krishna in wood and king Bhimdev of Anhilwad in stone. Soma constructed the temple as a gesture after Lord Shiva cured him of his illness. This illness was caused by his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati’s curse

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Daksha cursed him to wane as he was infatuated with Rohini and was neglecting the other 26 wives, all 26 of whom were the daughters of Prajapati. It is said that Brahma advised him to build the temple in honour of Shiva. In the first phase of construction the shikhar portion, the sanctum sanctorum and the sabha mandap (assembly hall) were built. The nritya mandap (the dancing hall) was built later. The temple has been constructed in the Solanki style.

The pinnacle rides to a height of 155 feet. The kalash atop the shikhar weighs 10 tonnes. The flag- mast is 37 feet long. These details give an idea of the size of the temple. In historical times the temple, the third to be precise, was raged to the ground by Sultan Mohmad of Ghazni. Then Sultans Allauddin and Mohmad Begda too desecrated it. After the Maraths took over Gujarat Rani Ahalyabai of Indore constructed a temple near the old temple and worship is offered there ever since.

The temple is so situated that there is no land from here to the South Pole. An arrow indicates the direction.

Famous for

Other spots in the temple are Shri Kapardi Vinayak and Shri Hanuman Temple in addition to Vallabhghat. Vallabhghat is a beautiful sunset point. The temple is illuminated every evening. Similarly, the Sound & Light Show “Jay Somnath” is also displayed every night during 8.00 to 9.00, which allows the pilgrims an ethereal experience in the backdrop of grand Somnath temple and the holy wave sounds of the Ocean.

Best time to Visit

best time to visit Somnath is between October to March. These months are pleasant and cooler and are perfect for sightseeing and temple visits. The winter (November to February) temperatures in Somnath range from 10 degrees to 24 degrees Celsius, whereas the summers (March to June) have daytime temperature reaching up to 42 degrees Celsius. There is less tourist influx during hot months of April and May.

Best time to Go

: Timing for Darshan at Somnath Temple : 6.00am to 9.00pm
Timing for Aarti : 7.00 am, 12.00 Noon and 7.00 pm
“Jay Somnath” Sound and Light Show : 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm

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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