About Shree Somnath Temple:
Somnath Temple is one of the famous Shiva Temple In India and highly crowded Shiva Temple In Gujarat. Shree Somnath is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India. The Pran-Pratistha at the existing temple was done on 11th May 1951 by then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
Shree Somnath Trust welcomes you to the holy place of the Aadi Jyotirling Shree Somnath Mahadev and the sacred soil where from Bhagvan Shri Krishna took his last journey to his neejdham. The Shiva Temple In India is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent.
Somnath Temple stands as a symbol of rich cultural heritage of India. The mention of this ancient temple has been made in the scriptures like 'Rig Veda' of the Hindu origin. The term Somnath suggests 'the protector of Moon God'. Lord Shiva is depicted here in the form of a Jyotirlinga (linga of light), as the protector. The incredible temple of Somnath is called as 'the Shrine Eternal' since, the temple has been shattered for not less than six times and every time, it has been reconstructed.
History of Shree Somnath Temple:
Shree Somnath Temple has a legend behind its establishment. It is believed that Lord Chandra (Moon God) was very proud of his beauty. Due to this reason, he was cursed by his father-in-law Daksha, to get smaller. In order to get rid of this curse, Moon God prayed to Lord Shiva at Prabhas. Lord Shiva became happy with the penance of the Moon and reduced the curse to an extent. This incident led to the periodic waning of moon.
This Chalukya-style temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the most thronged Places to visit and has many fascinating mythological stories attached to it and that Bhagvan Shree Krishna had built Somnath temple with Sandalwood. Shree Somnath Temple stands as a symbol of rich cultural heritage of India.
Maintaining the original site, the present temple is said to have built for the seventh time. The first temple of Somnath is regarded as a structure in Gold, made by Moon God himself. In the 7th century, Somnath Temple was reconstructed by Maitraka kings of Vallabhi in Gujarat. The second structure was destroyed by the Arab governor of Sind by the name of Junayad in 725. Again in 815, the third structure was built by Nagabhata II, who was a Pratihara King. There are inscriptions on the Arrow-Pillar or Baan-Stambh of the temple which says that there is no piece of land in straight line between the temple and Antarctica to the south. A flag flutters a top the main spire which is 15 metres tall. The Sound & Light Show “Jay Somnath” featured every night from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm is definitely worth watching.
Best Time to Visit:
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.
The best time to visit Somnath is during the winters, The weather during this time is most friendly and pleasant to explore Somnath's attractions. A little temple town situated along the western coast of Gujarat.
Timing for Aarti:
7.00 am, 12.00 Noon and 7.00 pm"Jay Somnath" Sound and Light Show: 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Timing for Darshan at Shree Somnath Temple:
6.00 am to 9.00 pm
Somnath Mandir Rd, Veraval, Gujarat