The Somnath 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.Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders and Portuguese the present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was completed by Vallabhbhai Patel. The site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni sangam (the confluence of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran and Sarasvati. SomaMoon god, is believed to have lost his lustre due to a curse, and he bathed in the Sarasvati River at this site to regain it. The result is the waxing and waning of the moon, no doubt an allusion to the waxing and waning of the tides at this sea shore location. The name of the town Prabhas, meaning lustre, as well as the alternative names Someshvar and Somnath (“The lord of the moon” or “the moon god”) arise from this tradition

How to Reach :

By Air  

There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Somnath. Nearest airport is Diu Airport.
63 km away
Diu Airport (DIU), Diu, Daman And Diu
114 km away
Porbandar Airport (PBD), Porbandar, Gujarat

By Train

Somnath is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
Railway Station(s): Somnath (SMNH)

By Road  

You can easily get regular buses to Somnath from other major cities of the country.
Bus Station(s): Somnath