"The town of the Lord of the Moon"
Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it.
Primarily a temple town, Somnath is a place where a strong scent of religion and legends lingers around tourism and even daily life. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area, however, Somnath also offers beaches, museums and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.
Places To Visit In Somnath
1. Somnath Temple
A highly revered religious site for Hindus, the Somnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. The Jyotirlinga is adorned with flowers, ornaments of silver and gold and people from far and wide come to worship it. It is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It has been mentioned in ancient texts like Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda which signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites. The temple is located on the ancient Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers - Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati. The temple is known as an eternal shrine owing to its perseverance against the test of time. It has withstood several destructions in the past and still has not lost its beauty. It is said that the temple was looted and destroyed as many as seventeen times by emperors like Mahmud Ghazni, Alauddin Khilji, and Aurangzeb.
Timings : Darshan timing- 6:00 AM - 9:30 PM,
Arati timing- 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM,
Light and sound show- 7:45 PM
2. Bhalka Tirth
Bhalka Tirth is a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre which is believed to be the location where Lord Krishna was shot by a hunter's arrow. According to the sacred scripts, Lord Krishna's death marks the end of the Dvapara Yug and the beginning of the Kali Yug. The tirth has a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and is called Mahaprabhuji's Bethak.
3. Somnath Beaches
Beaches of Somnath, though crowded, have the power to lure you away in a different world of soothing waves. The beaches are not recommended for swimming but are definitely a great point to relax and unwind.
4. Paanch Pandav Gufa
Discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949, the temple was dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The location of the temple is such that one can view the entire city and get mesmerized just by looking at it.
5. Laxminarayan Temple
Located on the Somnath shore, the presiding deity, Lord Laxminarayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Reflects modern architectural design, this temple is famous for the carvings on its 18 pillars which have the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita.
6. Triveni Sangam Temple
The confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati this is the point where the rivers meet the mighty Arabian Sea. Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus.
7. Chorwad Beach
Located in Somnath, Chorwad Beach is one of the most serene and tranquil places to relax and enjoy. The whole place offers picture-perfect views especially during sunrise and sunset which are a must witness.
8. Suraj Mandir
Suraj Mandir too is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is one of the few temples dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions and various other birds and animals in the temple.
9. Parshuram Temple
The temple lies on the banks of the holy river Triveni where Lord Parshuram is believed to have conducted his penance. One of the rare temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram this temple provides visitors with a scenic surrounding and picturesque landscapes.
10. Dehotsarg Teerth
Dehotsarg Teerth is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus as this is where Lord Krishna breathed his last after he was shot by Jara's arrow. The location is marked by Lord Krishna's footprints. It is also believed that Krishna's brother, Baldev, also accompanied him in the form of a serpent crawling through the Balramjiki Gufa nearby.
11. Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji Temple
Located about 4km away from the city on the highway along the beautiful sea shore. Bhidbhanjan is the savior form of Ganesha and is worshipped here along with Shiva.
12. Kamnath Mahadev Temple
This temple built nearly 200 years ago by a King is now one of the most popular temples of Somnath. The King believed that a dip in the pond in the vicinity could cure humans of any disease.
13. Gita Temple
Built at the Triveni Ghat, where three rivers meet the ocean, the Gita Temple is a beautiful structure dedicated to Lord Krishna built by the Birlas in the 70s. The beautifully capturing white marble structure has a depiction of the hymns of the Gita intricately engraved on the walls.
14. Prabhas Patan Museum
Prabhas Patan Museum was established in the mid-1900s and has a stunning collection of ancient temple remains, inscriptions, idols of deities, water from sacred rivers, etc. that signify the union of Saraswati, Kapila and Hiranya. One of the most important Shivalingas, the Kalbhairav Linga, is also believed to be hidden amidst the remains, which the Moon God worships. The attraction, therefore, has immense religious and archaeological importance.
15. Junagadh Gate
Junagadh Gate is a historic monument which is believed to be the gate that Mahmud of Gazni entered to loot and destroy the Somnath Temple. The splendid monument now serves as a landmark and is made of stone with chattris and sculpted tigers on top of it.
16. Prachi Tirth
Prachi Tirth is a religious centre important for performing the sacred rituals for the ancestors. According to a legend, Lord Krishna, who was a descendant of the Yaduvansh, performed rituals at the tirth for his ancestors. Religiously, Prachi tirth is considered just as important as Kashi for the Hindu ceremonies.
How to Reach Somnath
Travelling from cities like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Delhi from rail might turn out to be quite a challenging experience. A direct rail connection from Delhi isn't available. Koshed (55 km) and Diu (90 km) are the closest airports and it will take approximately Rs. 2000 to reach Somnath from these places by cab.
Best time to visit Somnath
September to March are the best months to visit Somnath, as the winters are quite cold. However, if you wish to avoid the crowd and tourists that flock to Somnath, you may be tempted to visit the place during the summer and monsoon season. Somnath is extremely hot and humid during these seasons and should most definitely be visited during the winter months when the heat is more bearable.
Food of Somnath
Somnath does not have many restaurants or lavish fine dining experiences to offer. There are a few popular eating places around the temple, as well as some local joints and Dhabas. Dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available.
You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more. Gujarat is a dry state, so you wouldn't find any alcohol here.
Somnath Tour Packages
About Somnath Tourism: Meaning the "Lord of the Moon," Somnath in Gujarat is a major pilgrimage centre and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It finds its mention in several holy and mythological texts and is known for its numerous temples and legends! If you are a religious person, a trip to Somnath is an absolute must; We offer many affordable Somnath tour packages.
The Somnath Temple should be your first stop, the first Jyotirlinga shrine of the 12. It is one of the country's oldest and mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, Rig-Vega and more. This temple came to be established when Soma, the Moon God, constructed a Shivalinga to seek Lord Shiva's assistance in removing a curse put on him by King Daksha, the father of his 27 wives.
Associated with Lord Krishna, Bhalka Tirth is an important pilgrimage site that is said to be where a hunter shot him. The Mahaprabhuji's Bethak temple is situated on the premises. Other temples to visit when travelling to Somnath include the Parshuram Temple, Suraj Mandir and Laxminarayan Temple. Also, see the serene Panch Pandav Gufa, which is dedicated to the 5 Pandavas.
Somnath is famous for its religious sites and its beaches like Somnath Beach and Chorwad Beach. Though unsuitable for swimming, you can relax here and watch the sunset. What's more, you must take the time to see the Junagadh Gate, which is what Mahmud of Ghazni entered through to loot the Somnath Temple. 2 days are enough to explore the city.
The best time to travel to Somnath is from September to March, when the weather is most pleasant for sightseeing. You can choose from numerous hotels to stay in. Furthermore, Somnath tour packages often feature other destinations such as Dwarka, Diu and Ahmedabad. A former Portuguese colony, Diu is famous for the Naida Caves, Diu Fort and Zampa Gateway.
Since Diu lies on the shore, it is home to many beaches where you can swim, relax or engage in water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, boating etc. Ahmedabad, the state's capital, should indeed be a part of your trip to Somnath because it is home to the Sabarmati Ashram, when Mahatma Gandhi resided.
You can visit Rani ki Vav, see the Statue of Unity, walk around near the Sabarmati Riverfront and explore Bhadra Fort. The city is also known for various religious sites like the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Hutheesing Jain Temple and Modhera Sun Temple. Dwarka, on the other hand, is a profoundly spiritual city renowned for the Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and Gopi Talav. You must also visit Dwarka Beach.
We provide you with an opportunity to tour one of India's most holy destinations as well as others nearby with our customisable Somnath travel packages.