Pilgrimage Tour – Somnath Temple
Someshwar Mahadev Temple popularly known as Somnath Temple is located in Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval, in Gujarat. The temple symbolizes rich cultural heritage of India. Statements about this ancient temple were made in Hindu scripture ‘Rig Veda.’ The term Somnath depicts ‘the protector of Moon’. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Jyotirlinga (linga of light).
According to legend, Lord Shiva cured the moon Go d (Soma) of his illness and thus, he built the temple in gold, as a gesture. Later, the temple was constructed in silver by Ravan, in wood by Krishna and King Bhimdev built the temple in stone.
The magnificent seven-storied temple is 155 feet tall, constructed in the significant Chalukya style. The temple topped with a kalash weighs 10 tonnes with a flag-mast of 37 feet long. Therefore, the captivating architecture of the temple pleases the eyes of the visitors.
On Shivratris, Somnath Temple remains crowded with devotees as Somnath Jyotirling Festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm.
Must Visit Nearby Places:
The nearby place that every pilgrim should visit is Dehotsarga also known as Balkh Tirth. Apart from holy places, Gir National Park and Junagadh are also worth visiting.
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Gujarat is well connected with all other Indian cities therefore Somnath Temple can be reached with ease. Keshod is the nearest airport to Veraval with a distance of 125 kms. The nearest railway station is 5 kms away from Veraval. State transport and private luxury buses provide convenient travelling within the city.
When to Visit:
The weather from October to March remains pleasant and is considered as the best time to visit Somnath.
Not only this, pilgrims can enjoy camel ride and photography at the sea shore of Somnath Temple. Vendors can be seen selling coconuts, peanuts and many other eatables. A visit to Somnath can be worth it.
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