Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple:
The Hindu temple known as Somnath, also known as Somantha temple or Deo Patan, is situated in Prabhas Patan, Veraval in Gujarat, India. It is considered to be the first of Shiva’s 12 jyotirlinga shrines, making it one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. After being repeatedly destroyed by Muslim invaders and rulers, most notably beginning with an attack by Mahmud Ghazni in the 11th century, the temple was rebuilt several times. When the first version of the Somnath temple was constructed is unknown; estimates range from the early first millennium to around the ninth century CE.
When its ruins showed a historic Hindu temple being transformed into an Islamic mosque in the late 19th and early 20th century, the Somnath temple was actively studied by colonial era historians and archaeologists. These ruins were destroyed after India gained its independence, and the current Somnath temple was built in the Mru-Gurjara style typical of Hindu temple architecture. The first Home Minister of India, Vallabhbhai Patel, gave the go-ahead for the reconstruction of the modern Somnath temple, which was finished in May 1951 after his passing.
Somnath Temple History:
Because Somnath is a Triveni Sangam, it has been a popular pilgrimage destination since ancient times (the confluence of three rivers: Kapila, Hiran and Saraswati). The Moon god, Soma, is said to have taken a bath in the Sarasvati River here to restore his lustre after losing it due to a curse. The moon is supposed to wax and wane as a result. This tradition gave rise to the town’s name, Prabhas, which means lustre, as well as the alternate names Someshvar and Somnath, which mean “the lord of the moon” or “the moon god,” respectively.
Beginning in the ninth century, the name Someshvara first appears. King Nagabhata II of the Gurjara-Pratihara kingdom (reigned between 808 and 833) is known to have visited Someshvara as well as other tirthas in Saurashtra. This, according to Romila Thapar, does not suggest the presence of a temple, only that it was a popular destination for pilgrims (tirtha). Before 997 CE, the Chaulukya (Solanki) king Mularaja may have constructed the first temple for Soma at the location, though some historians think he may have renovated a smaller earlier temple.
Somanath Temple Timings:
Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple Timings
The Somnath Temple’s Darshan hours are from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Aarti is held at 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.
Jay Somnath 7:45 p.m. Sound and light show
Somanath Temple Online Prasad Booking: https://somnathprasad.com/
Somanath Temple Online Room Booking:
somnath.org online room booking
Somnath Trust Guest House phone number:
Shri Mohit Barot’s phone number is +91-99988 76518 for guesthouses and Pooja Vidhi reservations.
99982 37189 is Shri Vijay Vasante’s mobile number.
somnath trust booking office: Shree Somnath Trust
C12/A, Om Villa Flats, Nr. Telephone Exchange, Next to Om Tower, F.C.I. Godown Road, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad-380004. Gujarat, India.
How to reach Somnath temple:
The Somnath temple is situated in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region in Prabhas Patan, close to Veraval, along the coast. It is located 82 kilometres (51 miles) south of Junagadh, another important archaeological and pilgrimage site in Gujarat, and about 400 kilometres (249 mi) southwest of Ahmedabad. It is located approximately 85 kilometres (53 miles) west of the Diu airport, 7 kilometres (4 miles) southeast of the Veraval railway junction, and 130 kilometres (81 miles) southeast of the Porbandar airport.
somnath temple to dwarka temple distance: 4 hr 1 min (236.4 km) via NH51
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