- Somnath, the shrine eternal facing the blue expanse of Arabian Sea is said to be as old as creation.
- Like a phoenix, it has risen seven times from ashes and depicts a saga of devotion and heroism.
- Legendary temple is believed to have been built by the Moon God – ‘Soma’ and enshrines one of the 12 jyotirlingas.
- Present temple structure was commissioned by Sardar Patel in 1950’s.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Keshod Airport, Keshod (IXK), 49 kms away from Somnath city.
- Rail: Veraval Railway Station, Veraval, 5 kms away from Somnath city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
Bhalka Tirth Dehotsarg at Triveni Ghat
Ahmedpur Mandvi & Diu Chorwad
ATTRACTIONS OF SOMNATH
- Bhalka Tirth:
- It is believed to be the site where Lord Krishna was struck by a stray arrow of a Bhil hunter.
- A reclining statue of the Lord marks the site where he breathed his last on the earth.
- Dehotsarg at Triveni Ghat:
- It is believed to be the site of Krishna’s cremation.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND SOMNATH
- Ahmedpur Mandvi & Diu:
- 77 kms away from Somnath city.
- One of the finest beaches in the country.
- Across Ahmedpur Mandvi is the delightful island of Diu, which can be reached by a ferry or a bridge.
- Beautiful coastal town, 30 kms from Somnath and 70 kms from Junagadh is the only ‘Palace Beach Resort’ in India.
- Summer palace of the Nawabs of Junagadh is now a luxurious resort.