The Somnath Jyotirling Temple Gujrat located in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh in Saurashtra on the west coast of Gujarat. This is the first of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination of Gujarat. Muslim rulers broke many times. The present temple was rebuilt in the Chalukya style of Hindu temple architecture and was completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was started under the orders of the former Home Minister of India, late Vallabhbhai Patel. This temple is the first Jyotirling among the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Rigveda describes that Chandradev built himself in this temple. According to stories, Shri Krishna Bhagwan had renounced his body at this place. The Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavata, and Puranas also describe the Somnath temple. Visiting the Somnath temple removes all types of defects like Pitr Dosha, Kalasarp Dosh, etc.
History of Somnath Jyotirling Temple Gujrat
The history of Somnath Temple is that Chandradev married twenty-seven daughters of King Daksha. But he used to love and care only Rohini the most. Therefor King Daksha became angry and cursed Chandradev that your moonlight (shine) will be over. Gradually the brightness of the moon began to lighten. Then Chandradev became very disturbed and wandered from place to place with the Gods and Goddesses to get rid of this curse. Chandra dev came to Lord Brahma and asked to get rid of it. Lord Brahma advised to worship of Lord Shiva was the only way to get rid of this curse. After that Chandra Dev chanted ten crores “Mritunjay Mantra” in this temple.
Pleased with this, Lord Shiva gave a boon, keeping him happy and also considering King Daksha, that your brightness will go slowly from the Krishna Paksha, but will come back slowly from the Shukla Paksha. This solved the problem of Chandradev and King Daksha Maan did it. Then Chandra Dev prayed to Lord Shiva that Lord Shiva resided here with Mother Parvati, to relieve the sufferings devotees. Lord Shiva accepted his word and became enthroned with Parvati as Jyotirlinga. Chandra dev built this temple to worship Lord Shiva so that he could get rid of that curse. Chandra dev is also called Som hence the name of the temple in Somnath.
Light and Sound show
Light and sound organized every day in the Somnath temple. In which the importance of the mythological story is told. It tells about this pilgrimage where Lord Krishna renounced his body and returned to Vaikunth. And how Somnath temple came under attack from various Muslim rulers? Shows the reconstruction of the temple in a sequential manner.
Its time is one hour from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The fee is 25 / – for adults and 15 / – for children.
Somnath Temple Timing and Celebration
Darshan timings are from 6 am to 9.30 pm.
Aarti Time: Morning = 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM.
(Except monsoon / rainy season).
Karthik Purnima Fair.
Somnath Foundation Day.
How to reach
Diu -85 km.
Ahemdabad -390 km.
Bhavnagar -262 km.
Porbandar -135 km.
Rajkot – 200 km.
Nearest railway station Somnath 0.5 km, Veraval – 7 km.
Road Transport- Somnath Temple is 7 km from Veraval, 889 km from Mumbai. 400 km from Ahmedabad. 266 km from Bhavnagar, 85 from Junagadh, and 122 km from Porbandar. Bus services are available to this place across the state.