Somnath Temple, Somnath

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Stop at Somnath Temple and observe the structure's impressive Chalukya-style architecture. Standing on an ancient holy site where the moon god Soma reputedly bathed, the temple has undergone destruction and reconstruction several times over millennia; the most recent instantiation dates from 1947. Observe the temple's unique Shiva linga, believed to be one of 12 Jyotirlingas in the country, each placed where Shiva reputedly appeared in a column of fire. Be aware when exploring that cameras and phones are not permitted within the temple. Take a look at our Somnath trip planner to schedule your visit to Somnath Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • October 1, 2017
    The only thing annoying was the strict checking because of Z+ security in the temple. However this has advantages as there are not pandit nuciances here as compared to other temples. Very scenic Mandi...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    We visited Somnath for second time. We along with our relatives visited the temple. The temple has a history of destruction by invaders who eyed its enormous wealth but rebuilt every time by ardent de...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    I visited with family. This is one of the best maintained temple. Free from touts. You can do and give what ever you like. All are online and system driven. I find this temple very well maintained and...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Beautiful temple, Situated at the coast of Arabian sea, view of the sea is beautiful and peaceful from the temple. I visited during month of June weather was pleasant not too hot. You will see large wave in ocean during summer monsoon. you can also enjoy light show in night from 08:00 pm.
  • July 2, 2017
    जय सोमनाथ महादेव Amazing, Awesome and Auspicious place to see. Rich cultural heritage of India. A place must to visit.
  • June 25, 2017
    One of 12 Jyotirling of lord Shiva. Who are we humans to rate lord shiva temples. Temple was attacked multiple times in past and rebuilt. Temple is quite soothing Mobile phones not allowed inside. Built at shore, it was one point from where you can go directly to south pole without finding any land obstruction.
  • June 19, 2017
    Awsome place ..for outing with family & friends. . Temple have z plus security. Beach is also well maintained . Atmosphere is good.
  • July 5, 2017
    This temple was looted several times by Muslim rulers of India but still stands Majestic.! This architectural wonder stands on the sea shore.

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Where to stay in Somnath

Development in the area close to Somnath's main train station has created a cluster of places to stay, eateries, and stores. With more space available here than in the older parts of town to the south, a number of large hotels boast amenities such as onsite restaurants and swimming pools. To the south, where the town gets more crowded around the temple, you'll find a number of guesthouses--some explicitly for the use of pilgrims--offering good rates right in the heart of the temple town.
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