According to mythology, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument over supremacy of creation. To test them, Lord Shiva penetrated the three worlds as an infinite pillar of light,the Jyotrilinga. Brahma and Vishnu, asked to find the end of the light set forth in either directions. While Vishnu conceded defeat Brahma lied that he found the end of the light. Lord Shiva angry at the lie, cursed Brahma that he will not be worshipped on earth. The Jyothirlinga shrines are temples where Shiva appeared as a blazing column of light. Though there were believed to be 64 Jyothirlingas, 12 of them are considered to be especially auspicious. Somnath is considered to be first of the 12 Jyothirlingas.
The Moon God is said to have been relieved from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati by the blessings of Lord Somnath. Hence, the name Somnath. As per the Hindu ancient tradition, Moon built a golden temple, Ravana built a silver temple, Lord Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood, and King Bhimadeva built the temple with stone. It is also believed that this is the place where Krishna ended his lila on earth and left for His heavenly abode.
This Temple is part of famous 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.
The present temple is built in the Chalukya style of temple architecture and exemplifies the artisanship of the Sompura Salats, one of Gujarat's master masons. The temple's shikhara, or main spire, is 15 metres in height, with tall flag pole at the top. The temple is situated in such a manner that no mass of land can be seen from Somnath seashore till Antarctica. Splendid architecture, beautiful stone carvings and breath-taking sculptures are visible in this shrine. The Linga of Lord Shiva, inside the sanctum is adorned with gold, silver and flowers.
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The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM.
Prasad etc. are not allowed.
Non-Hindus have to take prior permission.
Special facility for physically disabled is available.
Visitors are not allowed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Tirth Darshan bus facility is available at a nominal charges which takes pilgrims to the nearby temples for darshan. Bus Leaves from the Main Gate of Temple.
Light And Sound Show Timing : 8.00 PM To 9.00 PM (Except in the Monsoon / Rainy Season)
Somnath Temple has become a legend, not only because of its mythological or religious connection, but also because of its story of being invaded and resurrected. The community here takes pride in century old traditions. Temple architecture boasts of the knowledge and prosperity of the community there. Invasion of foreign rulers in past, has left an indispensable devotion in Hindu culture. Although, there is no animosity towards other religions, the community here,ardently follows the ancient Hindu rituals.
A predominantly Hindu Gujrati community, people here are very religious and you must expect strict adherence to scriptures. Being a city established along the coastline, you will be able to enjoy a variety of coastal food too.
Gir Somnath includes the Gir Sanctuary which is a home of many wildlife creatures including lions, deer, and monkeys. Asiatic Lions can be only be found in the Gir Forest. The place is also famous for Bhalka Tirtha, where Lord Krishna is believed to have left for his heavenly abode, after being shot by a hunter accidentally.
Language Spoken: Gujarati, Hindi
Prabhas Patan, Near Veraval, Saurashtra - 360024Contact Number : +91 2876659093, +91 9428214914
Somnath is very well connected via road and rail network. The nearest airports is Diu, at a distance of 95kms from the Somnath temple. Bus services are available from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Dwarka etc to Somnath shrine. Somnath Railway station is hardly a half kilometre away and regular buses, taxis, and rickshaws are available.
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There are 3 aarti daily at the Somnath Temple; in the morning at 7:00 AM, at 12:00 PM and in the evening at 7:00 PM
Special Yagnas are performed for which you have to contact the Somnath Temple administration well in advance.
Aarti timings - 7.00 AM, 12.00 PM & 7.00 PM
Various abhisheka like milk abhisheka, rudra abhisheka etc.
One may choose to carry their own Lingas and Idols to be touched with the Jyotirlinga by the priests. It is considered as an act of sanctification and empowering small idols & lingas.
Jan :- Makar Sankranti
Feb \ March :- Maha Shivratri
August :- Janmashtami
Sept \ Oct :- Navaratri
Oct \ Nov :- Diwali
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