Somnath Temple is a famous Shiva temple on the Western Coast of India in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat state.
The meaning of the word Somnath in English is “The Protector of (the) Moon god”. The Temple has been destroyed many a times by non-Hindu kings or rulers in the past and were re-built many a times. The last restoration/ renovation was immediately on attaining Indian Independence in 1947, under Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s (“Iron Man of India”, who was the main force in the integration of India on its Independence, by making almost all of the Princely states existing at those time as part of the Indian Union; the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Mister of India) plan of restoration for the temple. The restoration / renovation continued under K. M. Munshi, on Sardar Patel’s death on December 1950. A statue of this great leader, Patel, is there in front of the temple. Somnath finds a place in the great epic Mahabharata. This Temple is considered as the most sacred jyotirlings among the 12 jyotirlings of India,
Somnath has a Museum and beach which attracts millions of tourists every year. Junagadh Gate is another tourist attraction here.
How to go to Somnath Temple?
Veraval station with code VRL, is the nearest railway station at 5 kilo meters to Somnath temple in Gujarat, Rajkot with station code RJT, is at around 190 kilometers from Somnath, which is well connected to other cities of India. Ahmedbad is at 400 kilometers distance from Somnath town. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, home for Asiatic Lions, is at 42 kilometers distance from the temple.
Where do I Stay at Somnath?
There are many guest houses around the temple at Somnath. Those guest houses run by the temple trust offer free accommodation on first come first served basis. There is also a VIP Guest house which offer advance booking. There are also many other guest houses in Somnath town.
What is the Ideal Time to Visit Somnath Temple?
October to March is the ideal time to visit Somnath temple, as climate is good during that time of the year.