Somnath Temple, Gujarat
About Temple: The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Destroyed and reconstructed several times in the past, the present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was envisioned by Vallabhbhai Patel and was completed under K. M. Munshi, the then head of the temple trust. Address: Somnath mandir road, Prabhas Patan, 362268 Architectural style: Hindu temple architecture Temple board: Shree Somnath Trust of Gujarat Phone: 094282 14915 District: Gir Somnath Timing: Timing for Darshan at Somnath Temple: 6.00 AM to 10 PM 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" How to reach Somnath : Amdavad is connected by Rail, Road, and Air with all the major destinations. Veraval Somnath is connected with Amdavad to Rail and Road facilities. Somnath is at a distance of 465 km. from Amdavad. At present Jet, Airways operates passenger flight from Bombay to Diu every day except Thursday. Somnath is connected with Diu by road (95 km). By road: Somnath is 79 km from Junagadh and 25 km from Chorwad. State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centers of Gujarat to Somnath. By rail: Somnath is located 6 km from the nearest railway station at Veraval. Guesthouse Facility : Pilgrims can avail the guest house facilities of Shree Somnath Trust. Trust maintains a VIP Guesthouse, Eighteen other guest houses, and an economical dormitory. The total number of rooms in the trust guest houses are in excess of Two hundred. AHMEDABAD OFFICES: Shri Dilip Chavda, Executive Officer- (M. 9428214901) 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. Phone and Fax No.: +91-79-22686335 Phone No.: +91-79-22686442, Email : email@example.com Branch Office Shri. Vijay Vasante C/o Sadvichar Parivar,Near Marriot Hotel Opp: Ramdeonagar BRT, Shivanand Marg Satellite, AHMEDABAD ,380015 GUJARAT,INDIA Phone +91-79-26860660 Mobile +91-99982 37189 OTHER SACRED PLACES OF SHREE PRABHAS TEERTH: The Gitamandir and Laxminarayan mandir is located in Dehotsarg campus. The divine message of Bhagwan Shree Krishna in form of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta is carved here on eighteen marble pillars. Laxminarayan Mandir houses divine shreevigraha of Bhagwan Laxminarayan. SHREE PARSHURAM TEMPLE: SwamiThis is a sacred spot at the holy banks of Triveni where Bhagwan Parshuram conducted his long penance and he was relieved from the curse of Kshatriya killings by Bhagwan Somnath. Divine leela Parshuram is perpetnated here by a beautiful Parshuram Temple and two ancient kunds. TREEVENI SANGAM SNANGHAT: The holy confluence of three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati and their sangam with the ocean is very sacred moksha tirtha for Hindus. The bathing facilities are being renovated by Shree Somnath Trust with the assistance of State Government in the fond memory of Shree Morarjibhai Desai, the Ex-Prime Minister and Chairman of Shree Somnath Trust. SHREE SHASHIBHUSHAN MAHADEV & BHIDBHANJAN GANAPATIJI: The holy temple of Shashibhushan is located at a distance of 4 km on the Somnath-Veraval highway with a beautiful sea-shore. The Jara poacher is said to have taken aim from this spot while hitting an arrow towards Bhagwan Shree Krishna. The ancient Somnath Poojacharya Shri Bhav Brihaspati is said to have built this temple. Bhagwan Shashibhushan with Bhidbhanjan (Saviour form of) Ganesh is worshipped here with traditional spiritual traditions. SHREE VENESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE: The Rajput “Vaja” clan was in charge of Somnath during the Muslim desecrations. The devotional episode of the princess “Veni” is depicted in the novel by Shri K.M.Munshi. The temple was outside of the fort wall of Prabhaspatan at the time of holy war with Gazani.The soldiers of Gazani attempted an abduction of “Veni” who regularly visited the temple to offer her services to Shiva. The traditions maintain that the Shivling was spontaneously got divided and the princess got buried into it. The Shiv temple here is known as “Veneshwar” temple after the fond memory of the divine episode of Veni.