Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Somnath Temple


 Somnath Temple
                     
Something about Somnath Temple
Shree Somnath is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India.

Ancient Indian traditions maintain a close relationship of Somnath with release of Chandra (Moon God) from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati. Moon was married to Twenty-Seven daughters of Daksha. However, he favoured Rohini and neglected other queens. The aggrieved Daksha cursed Moon and the Moon lost power of light. With the advice of Prajapita Brahma, Moon arrived at the Prabhas Teerth and worshipped Bhagvan Shiva. Pleased with the great penance and devotion of Moon, Bhagvan Shiva blessed him and relieved him from the curse of darkness. Pauranic traditions maintain that Moon had built a golden temple, followed by a silver temple by Ravana, Bhagvan Shree Krishna is believed to have built Somnath temple with Sandalwood.

The research based on ancient Indian classical texts show that first Somnath Jyotirling Pran-Pratistha was done on the auspicious third day of brighter half of Shravan month during the tenth Treta yug of Vaivswat Manvantar. Swami Shri Gajananand Saraswatiji, Chairman of Shrimad Aadhya Jagadguru Shankaracharya Vedic Shodh Sansthan, Varanasi suggested that the said first temple was built 7,99,25,105 years ago as derived from the traditions of Prabhas Khand of Skand Puran. Thus, this temple is a perennial source of inspiration for millions of Hindus since time immemorial.

The later sources of history account for several desecrations by Muslims invaders during eleventh to eighteen century A.D. The temple was rebuilt every time with the reconstructive spirit of the people. The modern temple was reconstructed with the resolve of Sardar Patel who visited the ruins of Somnath temple on November 13 1947. Then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, did the Pran-Pratistha at the existing temple on 11 May 1951.

Other spots in the temple are Shri Kapardi Vinayak and Shri Hanuman Temple in addition to Vallabhghat. Vallabhghat is a beautiful sunset point. The temple is illuminated every evening. Similarly, the Sound & Light Show “Jay Somnath” is also displayed every night during 8.00 to 9.00, which allows the pilgrims an ethereal experience in the backdrop of grand Somnath temple and the holy wave sounds of the Ocean. Ahalyabai temple is also close by, which was built by the queen mother Shri Ahalyabai Holker during 1782. This temple maintained the Pooja Parampara of Bhagvan Shiva during the hostile political conditions.

About

Somnath temple stands at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent in Gujarat State. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finds its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagavat, Shivpuran etc. The hymn from Rig-Veda quoted below mention the Bhagvan Someshwar along with the great pilgrimage like Gangaji, Yamunaji and Eastward Saraswati. This signifies the ancient value of this Tirthdham.
Somnath is in Prabhas Patan very near to Veraval.



The Moon God is said to have been relieved from the curse of his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati by the blessings of Bhagvan Somnath.  In  the Shiva  Purana  and Nandi  Upapurana, Shiva  said, `I  am  always present everywhere  but  specially  in  12  forms  and places as  the  jyotirlingas`. Somnath is one of  these 12 holy places. This is the first among the twelve holy Shiva Jyotirlings.


The  shore  temple of Somnath is  believed  to  have  been  built  in  4  phases-in  gold  by  Lord Soma,  in  silver  by  Ravi,  in wood  by  lord  Krishna  and  in  stone  by  King Bhimadeva.


It has withstood the six-repeated desecration by the Muslim invaders. The very existence of this temple is symbol of reconstructive spirit and cultural unity of our society.
The seventh existing temple is built in the Kailas Mahameru Prasad style. The Iron man of India Sardar Shri Vallabhbhai Patel is the pioneer of the existing temple.

The temple is consisting of Garbhgruh, Sabhamandap and Nrityamandap with a 150 feet high Shikhar.
The Kalash at the top of the Shikhar weighs 10 tons and the Dhwajdand is 27 feet tall and 1 foot in circumference. The Abadhit Samudra Marg, Tirsthambh (Arrow) indicates the unobstructed sea route to the South Pole. The nearest land towards South Pole is about 9936 km. away. This is a wonderful indicator of the ancient Indian wisdom of geography and strategic location of the Jyotirling. The temple renovated by Maharani Ahalyabai is adjacent to the main temple complex.

Hari Har Tirthdham is here in Somnath. This is the holy place of Bhagvan Shri Krishna's Neejdham Prasthan Leela. The place where Bhagvan Shri Krishna was hit by an arrow of a poacher is known as Bhalka Tirtha. After being hit by the arrow, Bhagvan Shri Krishna arrived at the holy confluence of Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati and their Sangam with the ocean. He performed his divine Neejdham Prasthan Leela at the sacred and peaceful banks of river Hiran.

The Geetamandir is built here where the divine message of Shrimad Bhagavat Geeta is carved on eighteen marble pillars. Shri Lakshminarayan Mandir is close by. The Balramjiki Gufa is the place from where Bhagvan Shrikrishna's elder brother Balaramji took journey to his nijdham-patal.

Here is the Parshuram Tapobhumi, where Bhagvan Parshuramji carried out penance and he was relieved from the sin of Kshatriya killings. The Pandavas have said to have visited this place and taken holy bath in the Jalprabhas and built five Shiv temples.

 The Somnath Trust has endeavored to develop the whole Shri Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Tirtha in an wholesome manner. The pilgrims please contribute generously to this noble cause.

Nearest places

Bhalka Teerth

This sacred teerth is located 5 km on Prabhas Veraval highway.


The arrow of the poacher named Jara at this spot hit Bhagvan Shree Krishna. Bhagvan Shree Krishna was resting in meditation pose under a pippal tree when the poacher misread the foot of Bhagvan Shree Krishna as a deer and hit from a distance.

Bhagvan generously pardoned the poacher and blessed him.

This divined leela of Bhagvan Shree Krishna is immortalised by a beautiful temple and an ancient pippal tree. Bhagvan Shree Krishna then walked a small distance and arrived at the holy banks of river Hiran from where he took his last journey to his Neejdham.
The spot is under development with the assistance of the Central Government of India.

Dehotsarg Teerth

Shree Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Tirth
(DEHOTSARG TEERTH)

This Tirtha is located on the banks of Hiran at a distance of 1.5km from Somnath temple.

 Bhagvan Shree Krishna took his divine journey to Neejdham from this sacred soil. Rich accounts of the divined Shree Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Leela are maintained by the authentic traditions of Mahabhart, Shrimad Bhagwat, and Vishnu Puran etc.

 Swami Shri Gajananand Saraswatiji has critically examined the previously mentioned classical Indian traditions and suggested the time of Neejdham Prasthan. He suggested that Shri Krishna departed on the first day of bright fortnight of Chaitra month (which corresponds with 18 February of English calendar) in the year 3102 B.C. at 2:27:30 hours


The footprint of Bhagvan Shree Krishna is carved here to mark the divine memory of Shree Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Leela. Baldevji, the elder brother of Shree Krishna also took his last journey from here in his original serpent form. This is marked by an ancient holy cave called “Dauji-ni Gufa”

Other temples


Somnath Temple

Location: Near the Somnath beach

The Somnath Temple dedicated to the Lord of Moon; Lord Shiva is eminently renowned in every corner of the country and globe as the temple that was decimated and resurrected several times over the centuries. Regarded as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India where Lord Shiva Himself is believed to be eternally residing, the Somnath Temple is tremendously aggrandized by Hindus. The devotees of Lord Shiva affirm that taking a Darshana of Lord Somnath is extremely fortuitous and auspicious. The present day temple of Lord Somnath was raised after the Independence under the initiative and aegis of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi. The installation ceremony of the Somnath Temple was performed in the year 1951 by the hands of Dr Rajendra Prasad; the first President of the Republic of India. In his public address Dr Rajendra Prasad had exclaimed that, “The Somnath temple signifies that the power of reconstruction is always greater than the power of destruction”. 
Currently administered by ‘Shri Somnath Trust’, the Somnath Temple designed in ‘Kailash Mahameru Prasad Style’ reveals the Chalukya order of temple architecture. The swaggering structure of Somnath Temple ceaselessly sings the sagas of the artistic ingenuity of the ‘Sompura Salats’; the master masons of Gujarat. 155 feet tall temple of Somnath crowned with an intricately carved pyramidal dome bears a lofty stone Kalasha that weighs nearly 10 tones. The elaborate carvings embellishing the temple, the grand silver doors, the huge mandapa, the Baan-Stambh, the striking Nandi idol and the ostentatious Shiva Lingam are the most noteworthy attractions of the Somnath Temple. Every evening this temple is entirely illuminated with millions of lights which creates a truly awe inspiring spectacle. The light and sound show named ‘Jai Somnath’ performed everyday between 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm is both entertaining and informative.

Laxminarayan Mandir


Location: Adjacent to the famous Gita Mandir in the Dehotsarg Campus 
Laxminarayan Temple
of Somnath located adjacent to the famous Gita Mandir in the Dehotsarg Campus is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Positioned along the pristine Somnath Beach this Laxminarayan Mandir is revered for enshrining the divine ‘Shreevigraha’ of Bhagwan Laxminarayan. Supposed to be fashioned after the Laxminarayan Temple of Badrinath, this temple is built in modern Indian style of architecture. This daunting structure erected in glossy marbles and ornamented with beautiful carvings and engravings is distinguished for its commanding architectonics. The carvings on the temple walls depict the episodes chronicled in the Hindu Puranas. Apart from the arresting idol of Lord Laxminarayan, this temple also enshrines several other idols of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Greatly honored by the Vaishnavites, the Laxminarayan Temple of Somnath receives myriads of devotees every year. The daily poojas offered at the temple and the chanting of the mantras yield a pacifying spiritual ambience inside the temple premises.

Gita Mandir


Location: Sited in Dehotsarg campus adjoining the Laxminarayan Temple at the Triveni Tirtha 
Gita Mandir also sited in Dehotsarg campus adjoining the Laxminarayan Temple at the Triveni Tirtha is an impressive shrine dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna and the Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta preached by him. This Krishna Temple constructed by Birla Family in 1970 AD is also popularly reckoned by the title the ‘Birla Temple’. As the legend goes, the Gita Mandir is nested at the very exact spot where Lord Shri Krishna after being shot by a hunter at the Bhalka Teerth had rested for a while before departing for the final journey to His ‘Neej Dham’. Lord Krishna with his bleeding toe is said to have walked about 4 kilometers from Bhalka Teerth to the present location of Gita Mandir. 
Marvelously built in polished marble stone, the Gita Mandir enshrines the idol of Lord Krishna in its sanctum. This idol of the presiding deity is flanked by two statues of Lord Laxminarayan and Lord SitaRam. The most remarkable aspect of the Gita Mandir is its eighteen marble pillars that bear the 18 Adhyays of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta carved on them. The interiors of the temple are decorated with several paintings depicting various life episodes of Lord Krishna. The Gita Mandir is constructed in such a way that any sound made within the temple is echoed. As a result, the Krishna Bhajans and Stotras recited inside the temple echo in the environment and create a spiritual appeal.

Shri Parshuram Temple


Location: At the sacred Triveni Tirtha about 5 kilometers away from Somnath along the Somnath Veraval highway
Lord Parshuram; the son of Goddess Renuka and a pious sage Jamadagni is believed to be the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and one of the seven immortals (chiranjiv) stated in Hindu mythology. Shri Parshuram Temple is situated at the sacred Triveni Tirtha about 5 kilometers away from Somnath along the Somnath Veraval highway. Also venerated by the laurel ‘Parshuram Tapobhoomi’ this locale is believed to be the very place where Lord Parshuram had performed a severe penance in the honor of Lord Somnath in order to get rid of the sin of Kshatriya Vadh. The Parshuram Temple of Triveni Tirtha happens to be one of the rare temples dedicated to Lord Parshuram. 
This baroque temple adjoined by two ancient bathing water tanks (holy kund) is a much sought after religious destination near Somnath where devotees spend time in prayers and meditation. The temple edifice is divided into three sub structures; sabhamandap, central mandap and a garbhagriha. The garbhagriha of this shrine houses the idol of Lord Parshuram sided by two idols of Kala and Kama. Moreover, the temple complex also comprises the sub shrines dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha. Additionally, a smaller shrine consecrating the Goddess Renuka; the mother of Lord Parshuram is also positioned behind the main temple. 
Endowed with its religious and mythological significance as well as its charismatic scenic background, this temple of Lord Parshuram is much frequented by the devotees and the tourists all round the year.

Shri Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganapatiji Temple


Location: Approximately 4 kilometers away from the Somnath Mahadev Temple along the Somnath-Veraval Highway 
Shri Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganapatiji Temple located approximately 4 kilometers away from the Somnath Mahadev Temple along the Somnath-Veraval Highway is a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha. Positioned against the chimerical backdrop of the sublime Arabian Sea this temple is regarded to have been built at the very spot from where the Jara poacher is said to have shot the toe of Lord Krishna taking it for a small bird. This temple is said to have been founded by Shri Bhav Brihaspati; the erstwhile Poojacharya of the Somnath Temple. Lord Shashibhushan Mahadev along with his son Lord Bhidbhanjan Ganapati is worshipped in this temple. The devotees hold a belief that the Lord Ganesha of this temple possesses the powers to relieve you from your worldly troubles (Bhidbhanjan).

Shri Veneshwar Mahadev Temple


Location: Just opposite the Somnath Trust Dharamshala Gate
Shri Veneshwar Mahadev Temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva is located just opposite the Somnath Trust Dharamshala Gate. As the legend goes, when Mahmud of Ghazni invaded Somnath in 1025 AD, the local king of Somnath gave a tough fight against his army. As the king was not surrendering, Mahmud of Ghazni had to hatch a new plan. He found out that the king had a daughter named Veni who used to pay a visit to a certain Shiva Temple stationed outside the fort wall of Prabhaspatan everyday. Mahmud of Ghazni decided that he would kidnap Veni and then force the king to yield.
 
As per the plan when Veni was offering homage at the feet of Lord Shiva, the soldiers of Mahmud of Ghazni attacked the temple. Veni immediately submitted herself to Lord Shiva and appealed the God to save her from the calamity. At that moment a miracle occurred and the Shiva Lingam was opened into two from the middle. The princess Veni was accumulated inside and the Lingam was closed. At that time a ‘Veni’ i.e. a strand of her hair was left out. Veni acquired the eternal salvation and Mahmud of Ghazni failed in his scheme. 
The prints of the Veni as well as the marks of the Shiva Lingam being split open can still be seen on the Lingam of Shri Veneshwar Mahadev. The Lord Shiva of this temple receives its appellation Veneshwar after the name of Princess Veni. This incredible episode of Princess Veni’s deliverance is elaborated in his novel by the prolific Gujarati novelist K. M. Munshi.

Suraj Mandir


Location: To the north of the sacred Triveni Teerth
Suraj Mandir or Surya Mandir of Somnath dedicated to the Sun God is located to the north of the sacred Triveni Teerth. This ancient temple estimated to be as old as the original Somnath Temple is an exceptional specimen of nature worshiping prevalent in Indian culture since primordial era. The most striking feature of this sun temple is its bravura architecture festooned with dazzling motifs of lions, elephants and other birds and animals.

Kamnath Mahadev Temple


Location: 
The Kamnath Mahadev Temple constructed by a Mayurdhwaj King approximately 200 years ago is a celebrated shrine dedicated to the God of destruction; Lord Shiva. This renowned temple of Somnath is particularly exalted for the three blessed water bodies to be found within the temple premises. They are: Dudhiyu Talav, Gangvo Kuvo and Mahadev no Kund. As per the prevailing saga, the water of the Dudhiyu Talav possesses mystical healing powers and the aforementioned Mayurdhwaj King had recovered from his skin disease leprosy after bathing in the waters of this holy pond. There was a saying in this part of Saurashtra that he who has not bathed in the Dudhiyu Talav is as good as dead. The Kamnath Mahadev Temple is thronged by thousands of devotees when the annual fair is held at the end of the holy month of Shravan every year.

Triveni Sangam Snanghat


Location: Near Laxmi Narayan Temple 
Triveni Sangam Snanghat of Somnath established at the confluence of the three holy rivers Saraswati, Kapil and Hiran is a sacrosanct locale highly revered by Hindus as the ‘Moksha Teerth’. This is the place where the three blessed rivers flow into the Arabian Sea. As the sea is the ultimate destination of a river, obtaining ‘Moksha’ is the ultimate goal of the human life. The three rivers Saraswati, Kapil and Hiran stand for the three stages of the life; birth, life and death. Triveni Sangam Snanghat is the sacred site for taking a divine and sin cleansing dip in the Triveni Sangam. All the ill deeds performed during our lifetime are said to be washed away at the Triveni Sangam of Somnath. 
Apart from that, this Snanghat is also acclaimed as the place where ‘Pitru-tarpana’ can be offered to your departed ancestors. Triveni Sangam Snanghat of Somnath also finds citations in the Hindu scriptures like Puranas and the great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is also said that Lord Shri Krishna after being hit by the arrow of Jara paid a visit to this Triveni Sangam. The famous temples of Somnath like Gita Mandir and Laxminarayan temple are also positioned on the banks of the Triveni Sangam Snanghat itself. Presently, the bathing facilities at the Triveni Sangam Snanghat are being renovated by Shri Somnath Trust with the support from the Gujarat Government.

Dehotsarg Teerth


Location: Roughly one and a half kilometers away from the Somnath Temple 
The term ‘Dehotsarg’ means ‘leaving the body’. Dehotsarg Teerth located roughly one and a half kilometers away from the Somnath Temple is the very vicinity from where Lord Shri Krishna injured by the arrow of Jara commenced his final journey to ‘Neej Dham’. As the life span of the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu got over, his Shesh Nag who had accompanied him to earth in the form of his elder brother; Lord Baldev or Balabhadra also left this world and went to Vaikuntha. As the legend goes, Balabhadra entered a nearby cave named ‘Balramjiki Gufa’ or ‘Baldev Gufa’ and disappeared. In 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya delivered discourses on Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta at the Dehotsarg Teerth for seven days.

Bhalka Teerth


Location: Along the Prabhas-Veraval highway about 5 kilometers away from Somnath 
Bhalka Teerth, located along the Prabhas-Veraval highway about 5 kilometers away from Somnath is the very place where Lord Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter named Jara. Lord Krishna was sitting under a Banyan tree in meditation when the Jara hunter mistakenly took his legs as some animal and shot them. Today a small temple dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna is built at the Bhalka Teerth where the same Banyan tree still survives. A splendid white idol of Lord Krishna is enshrined here. The pink colored foot of Shri Krishna and an image of the hunter Jara with folded hands are also depicted in the temple. Photography is not allowed at this temple of Bhalka Teerth.

Panch Pandava Gufa


Location: Established near Lalghati in Somnath 
Panch Pandava Gufa established near Lalghati in Somnath is a cave temple instituted in the year 1949 by the late Baba Narayandas. Positioned at an elevated locus and offering the panoramic prospects of the adjoining Somnath city, this marvelous temple is dedicated to the five Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. Apart from the commanding idols of the five Pandavas, this temple also enshrines the idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Lord Rama, Devi Sita, Laxman and Hanuman. Set up amidst the picturesque milieu and the calm and cool spiritual ambiance, the Panch Pandava Gufa temple also accommodates a Sanskrit college in its compound.

Junagarh Gate


Location: Close to the Somnath Temple 
Junagarh Gate located close to the Somnath Temple is the primary gateway to cross the threshold of the Somnath City from Veraval. Acknowledged as one of the prime tourist attractions of Somnath, the Junagarh Gate boasts of its rich historical as well as architectural heritage. This is a threefold gateway which is believed to have been erected many centuries back. This ancient structure bejeweled with many intricate carvings is the very conduit through which Mahmud of Ghazni invaded Somnath, demolished the holy temple and plundered the great wealth.

Mai Puri Masjid


Location: At the distance of just one kilometer from the Junagarh Gate 
Mai Puri Masjid positioned at the distance of just one kilometer from the Junagarh Gate is an ancient edifice erected during the sovereignty of Mahmud of Ghazni. This antique structure accommodating a number of tombs allures its visitors with its extraordinary façade bedecked with blue and white tiles. Revered as a vital religious destination for the Muslims, Mai Puri Masjid also beckons the tourists of other religious faiths.

The Somnath Museum


Location: 
The Somnath Museum, also known as ‘Prabhas Patan Museum’ is an archaeological museum located to the north of the Somnath Temple close to the check post. Managed by the Government of Gujarat this museum of Somnath is celebrated for preserving some of the important remnants of the former Somnath Temple constructed during the reign of the Chalukya King Shri Mularaja Deva Solanki of Anhilvada Patan. Though deficient of the accurate documentation, this museum is highly commended for conserving inscriptions, stone and pottery sculptures and other relics from various centuries. The Somnath Museum can be visited from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Somnath Beach

Location: Right behind the imperial Somnath Temple 
Somnath Beach, positioned right behind the imperial Somnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is an enticing stretch of velvety white sand skirted by the sapphire blue waters of the unfathomable Arabian Sea. Though devoid of shade and also not recommended for swimming, Somnath Beach offers a perfect retreat into the boisterous quiescent in the intimacy with nature. The lovely Somnath Beach coupled with creamy sweeps of sand, extensive contour of the relentless waters of the sea and the breathtaking tableaus of the setting sun in the evening is a perfect escape in the lap of Mother Nature. Taking a stroll along the littoral or enjoying the pleasing splash of the rejuvenating water are the favorite activities indulged in here. Sipping the cool and fresh coconut water and staring at the infinite sea or experiencing the thrilling ride on the back of a camel or a pony is something no one would want to miss at the Somnath Beach.

Veraval Beach

Location: Along the south-west coast of Saurashtra at the fishing port Veraval approximately 5 kilometers 
Veraval Beach located along the south-west coast of Saurashtra at the fishing port Veraval approximately 5 kilometers away from the Somnath Mahadev Temple is an astounding sea shore most idyllic to repose and revitalize in the vicinity of tranquil nature. Furnished with benches and a jogging path, the Veraval Beach is an excellent seaboard both for leisurely saunters and health giving exercises. Bathing in the lukewarm waters of the Arabian Sea in the early morning is undoubtedly the most vivifying craze sought after at the Veraval Beach. The most engaging spectacle witnessed at the Veraval Beach is its thriving fishing port where thousands of fishermen, trawlers, dhows and country crafts can be seen disencumbering their seize. Sided by the most remarkable ruins of the Junagarh Gate and Patan Gate and also an old palace facing the sea, the Veraval Beach apart from its scenic beauty will surely transport you back to the bygone era. The Veraval Beach also serves as the major seaport for pilgrims headed to Mecca. This fishing harbor popular among the tourists for sunbathing, swimming, jogging and camel riding also tenders its visitors with delectable seafood. The best time to visit the Veraval Beach is from July to March.


 How to Reach
Nearest airport to Somnath is Diu, which is 90 km away from Somnath city. This airport is connected to Mumbai only. Taxi fare from Diu to Somnath is about Rs 2000. International travelers have to get connecting flights from Mumbai international airport, which is at a distance of 890 km from Somnath. Mumbai is well linked with all major cities in India and many cities in abroad.

Train
Veraval in Konkan line is the nearest railhead, which is only just 5 km away. Taxi charges minimum fare of Rs 150. Veraval is connected to Mumbai by rail.

Bus
State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Somnath to various cities in and around. Luxury buses are available from Diu to Somnath, costing about Rs 300.

 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 Airwais operates passenger flight from Bombay to Diu every day accept Thursday. Somnath is connected with Diu by road (95 km).

» 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. 
SAGAR DARSHAN ATITHIGRUH
(Nr. Somnath Temple, Sea View Atithigruh)

Sr. No.
Bed
Type
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
1
2
A.C.
1950/-
2500/-
Note:
1. Check out time :10:00 AM
2. One meal (lunch or dinner) and breakfast with tea / coffee for 02 (two) person is include in room rent.
3. All sea facing rooms.
4. Extra charge for extra person/children (Above 10yrs.)
5. Extra mattress provided (Charges: Rs. 100/-) 
6. Running hot water conditional.
7.Restaurant closing time 11:00 PM (Night)
8.Credit / Debit Card payment mode available

LILAVATI ATITHIGRUH 

Sr. No.
Bed
Type
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
1
2
Non A/c.
600/-
1300/-
2
2
A/c.
900/-
1900/-
3
2
 A/c. SUIT
 1800/-
 3700/-
4
 4
 A/c.
 1800/-
 3700/-
Check out time :10:00 am


VIP ATITHIGRUH  

Sr. No.
Bed
Type
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
1
2
A/c.
1300/-
2500/-
2
2
A/c. SUIT 
1550/-
3000/-
Check out time :10:00 am

TANNA ATITHIGRUH 

Sr. No.
Bed
Type
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
1
Non A/c.
350/-
800/-
     2
      2
Delux N. A/C
450/-
 1000/-
3
2
A/c.
700/-
1500/-
Check out time :12:00 Noon

DHARMASHALA

Sr. No.
Room
Capacity
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
1
10 Person
250/-
600/-
2
1
20 Person
450/-
1000/-
Check out time :12:00 Noon

SANSKRITIK BHAVAN

Sr. No.
HALL
Capacity
Tariff
(Rs.)
Advance Deposit
(Rs.)
5
1
20 Person
450/-
1000/-
6
1
35 Person
750/-
1600/-
Check out time :12:00 Noon
* NOTE : Cradle & Extra Bed Facility Available in all Guest House
» Contact for Booking : 
Shree Somnath Trust, 
Somnath Prabhas Patan - 362 268
District : Junagadh, Gujarat.
Ph. No. : +91-2876-231212
» Dilip Chavda : Office Superintendent  Ph. No. : +91-94282 14901
» Surubha Jadeja : Asst. Guesthouse Supervisor
  Ph. No. : +91-94282 14911
» Contact for Sagar Darshan Atithigruh Room Booking : Ph. 02876 233533
» Contact for Lilavati Guesthouse Room Booking : Ph. 02876 233033 
» Contact for Tanna Guesthouse Room Booking : Ph. 02876 231212 / 231200
 
»Timing 
Timing for Darshan at Somnath Temple : 6.00 AM to 9.30 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

» CONTACT :
SHREE SOMNATH TRUST
BRANCH OFFICE
C12/A,Om Veella Flats,
Nr. Telephone Exchange,
Next to Om Tower,
F.C.I. Godown Road,
Sahibaug, 
AHMEDABAD-380004.
GUJARAT, INDIA.
Phone and Fax No.: 
+91-79-22686335
Phone No.: +91-79-22686442, 
Email:  somnathad1@bsnl.in 
F4, Sagun Palace,
Opp. H.P. Petrol Pump,
Over Rasmadhur,
Shivranjani Cross Road,
Satellite, 
AHMEDABAD-380015.
GUJARAT, INDIA.
Phone and Fax No.: 
+91-79-26746442
Mobile : 99982 37189
              Vijay Vasante

Shri Kamleshbhai Raval
Shri Vijaysinh Chavda
Dy.Secretary & General Manager
Shree Somnath Trust
Prabhas Patan -382 268,
Ta. Veraval,
Dist. : JUNAGADH,
GUJARAT STATE, 
INDIA
.
Ph. No.: +91-2876-659093
Fax No.: +91-2876-232694
Mobile : 94282 14999
Email: sompp_ad1@bsnl.in 
Dy. General Manager
Shree Somnath Trust
Prabhas Patan -382 268,
Ta. Veraval,
Dist. : JUNAGADH,
GUJARAT STATE, 
INDIA
.
Mobile : 94282 14909


2 Comments:

At 1 February 2013 02:15 , Blogger indhu M said...

Thanks for sharing information about temples! Very Nice!!
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At 9 July 2013 04:45 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really helps to understand the history of our great temples. Thanks for compiling the information.

Regards
Rajeshwar Arora

 

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