About Somnath Temple
About Somnath Temple
About Somnath Temple
About Somnath Temple

HISTOY OF SOMNATH

 The Temple of Somnath is considered to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga. It is a symbol of Breaking and making of Indian Civilisation. Somnath Temple Is Situated in Prabhas Kshetra. According to the legend of the Purana, it is stated that Daksha Prajapati cursed the lord moon because of which he lost his lustre. He did penance at the coast of Somnath and got rid of it. As per legends, the first temple was built by lord moon which was m...

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HISTOY OF SOMNATH

 The Temple of Somnath is considered to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga. It is a symbol of Breaking and making of Indian Civilisation. Somnath Temple Is Situated in Prabhas Kshetra. According to the legend of the Purana, it is stated that Daksha Prajapati cursed the lord moon because of which he lost his lustre. He did penance at the coast of Somnath and got rid of it. As per legends, the first temple was built by lord moon which was made of silver. The second one of sandalwood was built by lord Krishna. The Third one was built by Bhimdev Solanki. It was looted and destructed 17 times by Muhammad Ghazni in 1025. Then the temple was revived by Kumarpala. The present temple was envisioned by Sardar Vallabh Patel and it was reinstated ( Pran Pratishtha ) by the then president Dr.Rajendra Prasad

ARCHITECTURE OF SOMNATH

The present temple is built in the style of Chalukyan architecture. There is Garbhagriha in which main deity is  located. In Garbagriha (Sanctum Sanctorum), other than priest no one is allowed. Above Garbagriha, there is Shikhar which is in cylindrical form. Above it, there is Amlak and Chattra. Apart  from  it, there is Mandap, Ardh Mandap and Bhoj Mandap. It shows the excellence of Sompura in architectur. The temple is sited in such manner that no landmass can be seen from Somnath seashore till Antarctica.

 REFERENCE OF SOMNATH

  • It is found in Mahabharata epic
  • Kalidas had also mentioned the Somnath in  his novel ABHIGYAN SHAKUNTALAM  in which he had referred it as Chanda tirth
  • K.M. Munshi has also refer about the Somnath in his book JAY SOMNATH

 

GEOGRAPHY

  • Somnath Temple is located in the Gir Somnath district which was formed in 2013. It is situated at the coast of Arabian sea and on the tip of Kathiawad Peninsula
  • The climate of somnath is very moderate.Summer is not very hot and winter is mild. it receives rainfall between 75 cm to 150 cm.
  • So the weather remains pleasant to visit Somnath throughout the year

 

ECONOMIC

  • Tourism is one of the important source of livelihood in Somnath
  • Fisheries industries in veraval  which is 7 km away from Somnath which is dominated by Kharvas community  .
  • GIDC famous for fish processing..Even the processed fishes are exported to different country. Veraval port is the Asia largest port

 

 SOCIETY

  • In Somnath, approx 68 percent are Hindus followed by Muslims which are 30 percent of total population.
  • Sex ratio 963 which  is much more than national ratio
  • Literacy ratio is 74 %

 

What to See and Do

Places To Visit In Somnath : Apart from Somnath temple there are also other places which one should visit.


Old Somnath Temple:Old Somnath Temple is opposite to new Somnath temple..it came under Maratha empire in the seventeenth century.it was stated that Ahilyabai was deeply moved by the ravaged stated of the temple so she decided it to reconstruct unlike new Somnath temple everyone is allowed to enter into garbagriha and to do pooja


Triveni Sangam :Triveni Sangam is the place where three rivers i.e Kapila, Saraswati and Hiran confluence with each other.ONE CAN EVEN ENJOY BOATING RIDE.


Kamnath Temple :Kamnath Temple is opposite to Triveni Sangam. According to Mythology, it is stated that Kamdev was cursed by Mahadev and he did penance over here..the he got rid of it.. literal meaning of Kamnath is the god who fulfill the desire of everyone


Surya Mandir : Surya Mandir is also very oldest temple and Surya Kund is situated beside it is believed by the locals that water of surya kund help to cure the skin diseases


Hinglaj Mataji Ki Gufa :  Hinglaj Mataji Ki Gufa is also known as Pandav Ki Gufa because it was stated that Pandavas hide here for several years from Kaurav and did worship of Hinglaj Mataji.

Where To Stay

There are many luxury hotels, guest houses and budget hotels available in Somnath. You can choose hotels according to your budget and stay period. You will find hotels and guest houses starting from 300 Rs to 3000 Rs. Some of the best service providing hotels list is given below. Somnath Trust also have some Hotels and Guest Houses but the service is very poor . You can choose hotels from below given list.


Budget Hotels In Somnath
1. Hotel Somnath Atithigruh
2. Hotel Avadh
3. Hotel Sangam
4. Hotel Vinayak

Luxury Hotels In Somnath
1. Hotel Lords In Somnath
2. Hotel Fern Residency
3. Hotel Sun Plaza

How to Get Around

One can easily reach to Somnath either by train , by bus or by car. There is no direct flight for Somnath. Nearest airport from somnath is Diu. Once you reach somnath , Auto rickshaw facilities are available which help one to visit the nearby places at Somnath and Somnath Temple. Somnath Darshan bus facility is also available @ 20 Rs Per Person. Car Rental service in Somnath is also available at affordable rates. You will easily get Car Booking from Somnath to Dwarka, Diu, Sasan Gir, Rajkot, Junagadh and Ahmedabad.