Somnath Temple is one of the most revered Jyotirlingam shrines of Lord Shiva near Veraval in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region. This legendary and holy shore temple of Gujarat is backed by a very long history. It has been destroyed several times by attackers and plunderers who were lured by the riches at the ancient Somnath temple but the good thing is that it was re-built again and again post-destruction. That explains why Somnath is often called the ‘eternal shrine’; i.e. a shrine that exists forever. Devotees from every nook and corner of the country and globe visit Somnath to pay their tribute to the glorious Jyotirlingam or column of cosmic light of Lord Shiva. Thus each day thousands of devotees gather at the temple to pay a Darshan to Lord Shiva or Someshwara seated here in all majesty.The temple opens for Darshan at 6.00am in the morning and remains open for Darshan until 9.00pm in the night. There are three times Aarti at the temple. Thus devotees can attend Aarti at 7.00am, then again at 12.00 noon and then at 7.00pm in the evening.
Open and Closing Time
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Interesting facts about Somnath Temple
Somnath is also known as PRABHAS TEERTH. This place is located at Sangam of three rivers known as Triveni ghat. Around the temple complex you will be approached by several Auto drivers offering you local trip to various temples and pilgrim place.
Shravan Maas falls on the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, starting late July and ending by the third week of August. Mahashivratri is the day when Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. It usually occurs in late February to early March.
On the walls of the temple, along with Shiva, the sculptures of Lord Brahma and Vishnu can also be seen. According to the Prabhaskhand of Skanda Purana, answering to the question of Parvati, Lord Shiva reveals that so far Somnath has been named 8 times.
The Somnath Temple is found in Gujarat province of India in the western coast. It is the first Temple among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of the god Shiva of the Indians. It is now a very popular tourist spot in India and one visiting Gujarat must not leave without seeing the Temple. It is considered to be sacred by Indians because of the many legends involving it. The name of the Temple “Somnath” means the protector of the moon god. This Temple had been destroyed many times in the past by Islamic rulers. The one standing now is just what was restored by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who visited the area and came up with a plan of rebuilding the sacred Temple. Rebuilding of the current Temple was done in November 1947. The Temple remains a very important religious place for Indians of the Hindu religion because they consider it a sacred Temple where they conduct their Hindu religious rites.