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Somnath Temple

History

Held in high esteem by Hindus or worshippers of Lord Shiva, the Somnath Temple in Somnath, Gujarat is one of the ancient temples in India. The temple of Somnath is believed to be an eternal shrine and is maintained by the Shree Somnath Trust that looks after the entire complex of Somnath Temple and its surroundings.

According to the ancient beliefs the Somnath Temple was believed to be built by Somraj, the moon god, out of gold. Then during the rule of Ravana it was rebuilt by Ravana in silver. Again Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth built the Somnath Temple in wood. In 10th century King Bhimdev Solanki rebuilt the Temple in stone.

The splendid architecture, beautiful stone carvings and breath-taking sculptures in the Somnath Temple, reflect the great artistic skill of the Gujarat’s master masons. Home to the 12 most sacred Jyotirlingas, the Somnath Temple is an ideal example of the ancient Indian temple architecture. You can see the glorious Jyotirlingas within the Temple adorned in gold, silver, and flowers.

The sounds of holy chants, bells, and drums during aarti (prayer) time will transport you to a new spiritual world.

The Somnath Temple was very popular even in the ancient times as the revenues were collected from 10,000 villages for the Temple maintenance. The temple was and is still visited by the people from all parts of the country to pay homage to Lord Shiva.

Best time to visit

Somnath Temple is well-visited by religious travellers throughout the year but weather wise the best time to visit Somnath is between October to March. These months are pleasant and cooler and are perfect for sightseeing and temple visits.

Trivia

History reveals that the Somnath Temple was invaded by the different conquerors who came to India whereby some looted its wealth and others destroyed some parts of it.

Also known as Deo Pattan, Prabhas Pattan and Somnath Pattan, the Somnath Temple has been destroyed six times and has been rebuilt at the very same place, every single time.

Timing

The timing for the darshan at Somnath Temple is from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm and the aarti timing is 7:00 am, 12:00 Noon and 7:00 pm.


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