Welcome to Visit Somnath
Devoted to the spiritual Shivlinga, the Somnath temple is believed to be an auspicious Jyotirlinga out of all the 12 Jyotirlinga worshipped at different places in India. Based on the southern Arabian Sea shore of Saurashtra, the Jyotirlinga is believed to be established by soma, the god of moon. The temple has an interesting incident attached to its origin. The mood god, who was cursed by his father, for being partial to the 27 sisters he had married, worshipped and pleaded lord Shiva on the shores for thousands of years. Lord Shiva freed him from the curse and allowed him to wane in brilliancy for only 15 days in a month, recovering his lost splendor in the following fortnight. The rejoiced moon then made a golden temple as an offering to lord Shiva. As the moon realized and regained his brilliancy, it was named as prabhas, meaning ‘the exceedingly brilliant’. Muslim looters like Muhammad gazni looted and destroyed the temple of Somnath for end number of times. Emperor Aurangzab also was the one who attacked on Somnath temple. The temple still has its ruins exhibited in the museum.
Indiais popularly known for its diversity in religion, festivals, culture, traditions. Somnath stands out brightly for the historical importance it holds on, till date. Somnath temple can be reached through road and rail means of transportation. Bus and rail facilities can be easily availed from veraval, Junagadh, Rajkot which are the near most towns to Somnath. Hotels in Somnath are easy to be accommodated during the days other than festivals and celebrations, especially janmashtami and shivratri. Somnath hotels provide the basic amenities in a very subtle way with its staff providing individual attention to their visitors. One can visit Somnath temple during any of the season. The beach is fun to be at, during the summers. Cautions should be taken while visiting Somnath temple and especially the beach during monsoons. The enormous efforts undertaken by the Gujarat government has uplifted Somnath temple to a higher notch.