Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Somnath Mahadev Temple Somnath Gujarat

The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of the God Shiva. The principal temple of Somnath is believed to have been built in gold by the moon god Soma, in silver by the sun god Ravi, in wood by Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century. 

The present temple, built in 1951, is the seventh reconstruction on the original site. Tales of its riches attracted a series of invasions, but each time the temple was invaded, it was restored to its original glory by devout Hindu worshipers. Commanding a breathtaking view from the tip of the Saurashtra peninsula, kissed by the waves of the Arabian coast, the temple has been constructed in the Chalukyan style with a shikhara nearly 50 m tall. The temple's imposing architecture includes intricate carvings, silver doors, an impressive Nandi idol and the central shivalinga. In the vast courtyard stand the massive mandapa (hall), as well as the main shrine, whose gently curved pyramidal forms tower over the whole complex.

Daily Programs - Somnath Mahadev Mandir

Time                 Program
04:45 AM - Temple Openning
06:00 AM -     Abhishek Puja
07:00 AM Aarti
09:00 AM Rudrabhishek Puja
12:00 AM Aarti (Only on Monday)
07:00 PM           Aarti
10:00 9M Temple Close

Road: Somnath is 79 km from Junagadh and 25 km from Chorwad. State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat to Somnath. 
Nearest Railway station  : Somnath is located 6 km from the nearest railway station at Veraval. 

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