Somnath, also known as Prabhas Patan and Deva Patan has great religious and historical significance.

The Somnath Temple has one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Shiva Shrines) and is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centres.

The temple was ransacked and destroyed seven times by Muslim invaders but rebuilt at the same spot each time.

The main gates of the temple were carried away by Mahmud of Gazni in 1026 AD. The present temple is a recent reconstruction in the old style.

According to legend, it was in Somnath that Lord Krishna, being mistaken for a deer, was mortally wounded by a Bhil tribal.

What to see

  1. Ahilyabai Temple;
  2. Bhalka Tirth;
  3. Dehotsarga;
  4. Junagadh Gate;
  5. Somnath Temple: (one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India);
  6. Triveni Ghat and Museum: (Timings : 1000 hrs - 1730 hrs. Closed on Wednesdays and gazetted holidays).

Other places of religious importance in Somnath are Baldevji’s Cave, Daityasadan, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Mahakalika Temple, Maha Prabhuji’s Baithak, Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple, Shashibhushan Mahadev Temple, Surya Mandir and Veneshwar Temple.

Getting There

Air :The nearest airport is Keshod 55 Km connected by private airlines with Mumbai.

Rail : The nearest railhead is Veraval 7 Km on the Western Railway line. Veraval is connected by rail with Ahmedabad which in turn is connected with major cities of India.

Road: Somnath is connected by road with Ahmedabad 304 Km, Bhavnagar 261 Km, Dwarka 238 Km, Jamnagar 246 Km, Junagadh 85 Km, Keshod 55 Km, Mumbai 889 Km, Palitana 241 Km, Porbandar 122 Km, Rajkot 188 Km, Sasangir 48 Km and Udaipur 555 Km.

General information

Area: 3.83 Sq. Km.
Altitude : Sea level. Temperature: Summer - Max: 36.4 Deg.C Min: 16 Deg.C Winter - Max: 31.0 Deg.C Min: 11 Deg.C Rainfall: 50.4 Cm (June to September)
Season: November to March. STD Code: Veraval - 02876.

Excursions

  1. Chorwad (25 Km.): A delightful resort on the sunny coast of Gujarat.

  2. Ahmedpur Mandvi (79 Km.) Ahmedpur Mandvi is an absolutely untouched and one of the finest beaches in the country. it is also an excellent centre for water sports, with facilities of water skiis and scooters, speed boats, water toboggans, etc.

  3. Diu (82 Km): The Union territory of Diu was one of the oldest bastions of Portuguese power.

  4. Tulsi Shyam (109 Km): In the heart of the Gir forests is the scenic spot of Tuisi Shyam with its hot springs, and a temple dedicated to Bhim and his mother Kunti.