Somnath Temple is located in Prabhas Patan, near Veraval of Saurashtra, Gujarat on the west coast of India. Somnath is the first Jyotirlinga of 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. This is an important place of pilgrimage and sightseeing. Somnath means “God of Som”
- Darshan Timings: 6 AM – 9.30 PM
- Aarti Timings: 7 AM, 12 noon and 7 PM
- “Jay Somnath” Sound and Light Show: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Restrictions: Cell phones, cameras, and electronic gadgets are not allowed inside the temple.
How to reach Somnath Temple?
- Air: Nearest airports are Keshode (55km)from Somnath. (There is also a bus and taxi service between keshod and Somnath
- Rail: the Nearest railway station is Veraval (7 km).
- Bus: Regular buses connect. Veraval- 7Km, Mumbai – 889 km, Ahmedabad – 400km, Bhavnagar – 266km, Junagadh – 85, Porbandar – 122 km, Bus service is available for this place throughout the state
- Road map Ahmedabad to Somnath Temple
- Road map Rajkot to Somnath Temple
- Road map Dwarka to Somnath Temple
History of Somnath Temple
Somnath temple is known as an eternal shrine. The last time it was repaired in November 1947, when Vallabhbhai Patel came to Junagadh, the decision was taken to repair it.
After Patel’s death, the work of repairing it was carried out by the Kanialal Standardlal Munshi, which was then the Minister of the Government of India.
This temple is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are three awards every day, at 7 in the morning, 12 noon and 7 in the evening. It is said that this place is named after Bhalka, where Lord Krishna ended his leela on earth.
Somnath Temple Jyotirlinga
Shivaling found a in Somnath is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, it is also Shivaji’s main place. There are many mythological stories of this Shivling being established here.
This holy Jyotirlinga has been established only where Lord Shiva gave his views. In fact, 64 Jyotirlingas are considered, but 12 of these Jyotirlingas are considered as the most important and sacred.
One of Shivaji’s 12 Jyotirlingas is in Somnath and the rest is in places like Varanasi, Rameswaram, Dwarka, etc. Since ancient times,
Somnath has been a sacred pilgrimage place, since the time of the Triveni confluence, people have believed its greatness.
It is said that Chandra Bhagwan Som had lost his charm due to the curse here and that was the bath in Saraswati river.
As a result, the Moon increased and it decreased and it decreased. Its city, Prabhas, is meaningful and it is also known as Someshwar and Somnath, according to ancient traditions.
Somnath Temple History
According to the traditional documents of J. Gordon Melton, the first Shiva temple built in Somnath was built in the old times only. The second temple was built in 649 CE by the King of Vallabhbali.
It is aforesaid that the Arab governor of Sindh, Al-Junaid, destroyed it in 725 CE. After this, in the year 815, Gurjara-Pratihar Raja Nagabhatta II constructed the third temple, it was made of red stone.
But there’s no historical witness of Al-Junaid’s attack on Somnath. While Nagabhata II positively came to Saurashtra to go to this shrine.
It is aforesaid that Solanki King Mulraj would have made the first temple in 997 ce. While some historians say that Solanki raj Mulraj had restored a number of the old temples.
It is said that many times the ruler had also suffered damages, but some of the kings had also done repairing this historic holy place.
When the Delhi Sultanate occupied Gujarat in 1297, it was dropped for fifth time. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb dropped it again in 1706. The temple that was built at this time was built by Indian Home Minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and on December 1, 1995, the President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma, dedicated it to the nation.
Prabhasirtha was known in 1948 as Prabhas Patan. The same name had its tehsil and municipality.
This was the main town of Junagadh principality. But after 1948, its tehsil, municipality and Tehsil Kachhari merged with Veraval.
The temple was repeatedly refuted and restored, but Shivling stayed in it.
There is a pillar on the seacoast within the south of the temple. It is indicated by placing an arrow on it that there is no land in the middle between the Somnath temple and the South Pole.
Regarding the traditional temple situated within the pinnacle of the temple, it is believed that it is the temple of Parvati Ji. The work of arranging and operating the temple of Somnathji is under the Somnath Trust.
The government has organized financial gain by giving land to the Trust, orchards, and gardens. This shrine is additionally known for the paternal ancestry, Narayana Bali and Karma.
The significance of Shraddha in Chaitra, Bhadra, Kartik month is given here. There is a huge crowd of devotees here in these 3 months. Apart from this, there are three rivers Deer, Kapila, and Saraswati. The special significance of this Triveni bath
Interesting Facts about Somnath Temple
- In 1665, Mughal ruler Aurangzeb ordered the breaking of this temple. But later this temple was rebuilt. Later this temple was repaired in 1783 with the collective support of Peshwa of Pune, King Bhosale of Nagpur, Chhatrapati Bhosale of Kolhapur, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and Gwalior’s Shri Pantibua Shinde.
- In 1296, Allauddin Khilji’s army had damaged the temple. But in the end, King Karan of Gujarat defended it.
- In 1024, the temple was damaged by the Afghan ruler. But again Parmar King Bhoj and Solanki King Bhimdev I rebuilt it between 1026 and 1042. It is said that he had reconstructed his temple with the help of logadi, but later the Kumarapala changed it to make stones.
- there’s a 37 feet tall pillar on the highest of the temple, which changes three times a day. Construction of the current Somnath temple started in 1950. The temple was established by the first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad in the temple of Jyotirlinga.
- Somnath temple has become a topic of discussion in the country today. Now those who do not have Hindu religion, they will have to take special permissions for going to the temple. According to the founder of Kankari, who are not Hindus, they will have to give a valid reason for the trust to go to the temple
Places to visit in Somnath
According to Puranic, immediately after the death of his elder brother (Balram), Lord Krishna retired in the forest to meditate. While sitting under a tree, a hunter named Jara mistook his partially visible leg in the form of a deer. He carried an arrow in which Lord Krishna was injured. Bhalka pilgrimage is situated right where Lord Krishna had shot an arrow and left the mortal world. The tree below that he was sitting passes through the roof of this temple.
Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three holy rivers – Hiran, Kapila, and Saraswati. This is the exact place where these three Indian rivers meet with the Arab Arab Sea. Lakshminarayan and Geeta Temple are situated on the banks of Triveni Sangam. It is also believed that Lord Krishna’s last rites were performed on the banks of this place.
This moon is Lord, the temple of Som. As mentioned earlier, Lord God made a sacrifice to free Somnath city. As a tribute to Chandra Deva, the temple was raised by the ancient priest of Somnath temple – Shri Bhav Jupiter. This is one of the rarest temples
According to a legend Baldev (aka Balarama), who was Lord Krishna’s elder brother, disappeared through this cave into the netherworld and he was reincarnated as Sheshnag (the king of snakes). Baldev Gufa is located 4 kilometer aloof from the Somnath temple and under government patronage, the cave temple has become a very important Somnath sightseeing attraction.
The Somnath Prabhas Patan museum includes several unique artifacts of ancient India like pylons, pillars, stone apsaras, statues of Lord Agni, Uma Maheshwar, Lord Vishnu, Parvati, and Nath Bhairav. There is a very special section within the Patan Museum where the water of many prestigious rivers is kept. In this part of the museum, you can find the holy water of Neil, St. Lawrence, Danube, Tigris and Murray.