Veraval-Somnath is a city on the west coast of India in the Junagadh district in the state of Gujarat. The Somnath Temple located in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval is the most sacred of the twelve Jyotirlings (lingas of light) of the God Shiva. It is the first Jyotirling.
Somnath is 465 km. from Ahmedabad and is connected by rail and road. At present, Jet Airways operates passenger flight from Bombay to Diu every day except Thursday, from where it is a further 95km to Somnnath.
Nearest railway station is Veraval(VRL) , Somnath temple is 5 kms from railway station. Take shared rickshaw or bus , they charge 15 Rs per person only .
Or alternatively you can take a full auto rickshaw for Rs 40 only [ april 2013 ]from the station they would ask for Rs 80 but you can bargain and settle for Rs 40-50 only. They take you in front of the Somnath Tenmple - both old and New.
Somnath trust organises daily twice "Somnath tirth Darshan" local sight seeing. Bus starts near the gate of Somnath Temple -10am and 3pm. Rs.20/- per seat. It covers Golokdham tirth, Sharada Peeth, Triveni Sangam and Bhalka teerth in 2-3 hours. Visit the Bhalka Theeth. This is the place where Lord Krishna was hit by a hunter named Jara and then Lord Krishna walked a few steps and took his journey to Nijdham from the banks of the river Hiran.
Alternatively you can engage a auto rickshaw to take you to nearby places. They usually charge 200-250 Rs.
The places to see in the auto are
Hinglaj mata temple
Mahaprabhuji ki baithak
Lord krishna charan paduka.
These sites are in two three combined in a group and are nearby only.
you can also see Bhidbhajan Mahadev, ban gangeshwar and Bhalka Tirth. these are within 5-6 kms.
- Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- The Gitamandir and Laxminarayan mandir are located in Dehotsarg campus. The divine message of Bhagwan Shree Krishna in the form of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta is carved here on eighteen marble pillars. Laxminarayan Mandir houses divine shreevigraha of Bhagwan Laxminarayan.
- Shree Parshuram Temple. This is a sacred spot on the holy banks of Triveni where Bhagwan Parshuram conducted his long penance and he was relieved from the curse of Kshatriya killings by Bhagwan Somnath. Divine Leela Parshuram is perpetuated here by a beautiful Parshuram Temple and two ancient kunds.
- Treeveni Sangam Snanghat. The holy confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati and their sangam with the ocean is a very sacred moksha tirtha for Hindus. The bathing facilities are being renovated by Shree Somnath Trust with the assistance of the State Government.
- Shree Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganapatiji. The holy temple of Shashibhushan is located at a distance of 4 km from the Somnath-Veraval highway with a beautiful sea-shore. The Jara poacher is said to have taken aim from this spot while shooting an arrow towards Bhagwan Shree Krishna. The ancient Somnath Poojacharya Shri Bhav Brihaspati is said to have built this temple. Bhagwan Shashibhushan with Bhidbhanjan (Saviour form of) Ganesh is worshipped here with traditional spiritual traditions.
- Shree Veneshwar Mahadev Temple. The devotional episode of the princess “Veni” is depicted in the novel by Shri K.M.Munshi. The temple was outside of the fort wall of Prabhaspatan at the time of holy war with Gazani.The soldiers of Gazani attempted an abduction of “Veni” who regularly visited the temple to offer her services to Shiva. The traditions maintain that the Shivling was spontaneously divided and the princess buried in it. The Shiv temple here is knows as “Veneshwar” temple after the fond memory of divine episode of Veni.
Timing for Darshan at Somnath Temple : 6.00am to 9.00pm 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
Visit the Somnath Temple
Watch the Sound and Light Show at the temple, truly an amazing experience. They charge Rs. 20 per head for adults and kids are charged Rs. 10.
After somnath darshan and nearby locations sightseeing in auto rickshaw, you can head out to diu [90 km] or gir [ 45 kms ] or junagarh [ 100 kms ]
Buy laminated and / or framed photos of Lord Somnath and temple, which is available in the temple and also with petty vendors outside. There are a few people near the Bus Stand who sell some Handmade items like dolls etc, which are good.
you can also see sea shells items, also there is a small shop in Sharda Math which sells pretty knick nacks - mostly religious - and pearls and counches.
There aren't many places to eat except the Somnath Trust Run Prasadam Hotel and Bhabha Hotel near the temple. Lilavathi Bhojanalya and Bhojanalaya near temple (both run by Trust) are good and maintained well.
You can find a couple of shops on the bylanes near the temple and a few in the Complex opposite to the temple which are very very basic.
There is a Amul Counter near the Shopping Complex where you can get Dairy Products of Amul ranging from Chacch (Buttermilk) to Choclates to Ice-Creams.
you can try the local Dhokla and Khaman. The south indian dishes - especially idlies were not upto standard at the nearby eateries in the shopping complex.
You should drink a lot of tender coconut water which is available from Rs 15 only. Do not try to drink open water since the local water will be hard and salty. Try to get purified water or bottled mineral water.
Alcoholic Drinks are banned here. So do not expect places which offer alcohol in Somnath.
cold water pouches are also available for Rs 1 each for 200 ml pouch.
Pilgrims can avail the guest house facilities of Shree Somnath Trust. The 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 200.
Guest house prices start From 350 Rs to 1200. For people travelling in groups, Dharmashala & Sanskritik Bhavan are available at nominal prices. No booking by telephone. First come first serve.
» Contact for Booking : Shree Somnath Trust, Somnath Prabhas Patan - 362 268 District : Junagadh, Gujarat. Ph. No. : +91-2876-231212
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