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Somnath Temple is situated at ‘Prabhas Kshetra’ near in Saurashtra in the state of Gujarat on the Arabian Sea. This temple is basically a home of 12 ‘Jyotirlinga’ of India. The seven-storied structure of Somnath temple is tall to 155 feet and was constructed in the Chalukya style of architecture. The temple was built by the professionals and masters masons of the Sompuras, Gujarat. The temple and its landmark are not visible from Somnath seashore till Antarctica. In an inscription at the temple, it was written in Sanskrit on the Arrow-Pillar of the sea-protection wall. Dr. Rajendra Prasad-the first president of India conveyed that- ‘’Somnath Temple signifies that the power of creation is always greater than the power of destruction’’. This temple has an illustrious history and religious importance and thus Somnath temple attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors across the world. The temperature varies between 20°Cand 28°C in the winters and between 28°C and 34°C in the summers, therefore the climate of Somnath is mild and balmy. Tourists can also visit the place round the year but the best season to visit is winters – from October to March.

How to reach:   

By Air: Keshod is the nearest airport from Somnath, which is 55 kms away and linked to Mumbai.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Veraval which is 7 kms away and is connected by train to Ahmedabad and some other cities in Gujarat.

By Road: Private Coaches and State Transport Corporation buses are available and run on the regular basis to the regions near the temple area. Somnath temple is well connected by road to the other nearby beautiful places like Veraval 7 km, Mumbai 889 km, Ahmedabad 400 km, Bhavnagar 266 km, Junagarh 85 km, and Porbandar 122 km.

Local Transport: Auto rickshaws, Private taxis, Chhakadas,Cabs/Cars are all available to reach around Somnath temple and the other place in the vicinity.

History

Somnath Temple has a mythological story and a legend behind its establishment. According to Hindu Purana, Lord Chandra (Moon God) was very proud of his allure and beauty. Because of this reason, his father-in- law Daksha cursed him to get smaller. To get rid of this curse, Moon God prayed to Lord Shiva at Prabhas. By his tough penance, Lord Shiva became happy and reduced the curse to an extent. By Lord’s Blessings, God moon led to the periodic waning of moon. The present temple is supposed to be re-constructed for the seventh time. Moon God himself made the very first temple of Somnath (Lord Shiva) which is regarded as a structure in Gold. Somnath Temple was reconstructed by Maitraka kings of Vallabhi in Gujarat during 7th century. However, the second structure was destructed by the Sind Arab governor -Junayad in 725. The third structure was built by Nagabhata II, who was a Pratihara King, in 815. This magnificent structure was emarged out of red sandstone. The temple was raided by MahmudGhazni in 1024, who took camel-loads of jewels and valuables from here. The Paramara King Bhoj of Malwa and the Solanki King Bhima of Gujarat (Anhilwara) took the initiative to build the temple again during 1026-1042. However, For the fifth time, the wooden structure was replaced with a stone structure by Kumarpal. As a result, in 1394, the temple was destroyed by the Sutanat of Delhi. Lastly, the final attack was made by the Mughal Emperor- Aurangzeb in 1706. In 1995, the present temple was built by Shree Somnath Trust in the company of the Government.

Architectural Brief

This temple is basically a home of 12 ‘Jyotirlinga’ of India. The seven-storied structure of Somnath temple is tall to 155 feet and was constructed in the Chalukya style of architecture. The temple was built by the professionals and masters masons of the Sompuras, Gujarat. The temple and its landmark are not visible from Somnath seashore till Antarctica. Somnath Temple was reconstructed by Maitraka kings of Vallabhi in Gujarat during 7th century. However, the second structure was destructed by the Sind Arab governor -Junayad in 725. The third structure was built by Nagabhata II, who was a Pratihara King, in 815. This magnificent structure was emarged out of red sandstone.

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  Somnath Mandir Road, Prabhas Patan, Gujarat 362268, India