Somnath Temple in Gujarat
Somnath Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centres in India. ‘Som’, the ‘Moon God’, thus Somnath means ‘Protector of the Moon God’. According to a legend, Som got the temple built in the honor of Lord Shiva as it was Shiva who cured the illness, which was inflicted on him due to his father-in-law’s curse. It is one of the most important ‘jyotirlings’ among the 12 existing jyotirlings of India and is first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. The temple is located in Prabhas Kshetra in Gujarat. The temple is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of Indian subcontinent. Destroyed and reconstructed several times in the past, the present temple was reconstructed in Chalukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The Pran-Pratistha at the existing temple was done on 11th May 1951 by then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Prabhas Kshetra is also the region in which, it is believed that, Lord Krishna left his mortal body.
Coordinates of Somnath : 23.036144, 72.628151.
Soma is the name of the Moon, the son-in-law of Daksha.Once Soma had disobeyed certain instructions given by his father-in-law Daksha. Later daksha was ver angry , he cursed him saying “Thu salt wane”. The moon who used to shine full splendor every night till those days then started to shrink. However before such a cursebrought about an absolute end to the moon, many gods requested Daksha to revoke his curse. Then Daksha asked Soma to take bath in Saraswathi river and asked to pray lord Shiva. Hence at Prabhasa, Shiva came to be known as Somanath, the Lord of the Moon.
How to reach Somnath Temple
By Bus: Somnath visit by bus is pleasant and hassle free journey. It has regular buses to all the Major cities in India. Somnath being a popular tourist destination has a range of well-maintained and luxury buses. Somnath trip by bus should be planned and booked well in advance.
By Train: The specifics on how to reach Somnath by train is as follows. Somnath train travel is an experience of its own. Well-connected and regular trains make Somnath travel by train a pleasant experience. Somnath train timetable gives a whole lot of options of trains to choose from. Taking trains to Somnath is a spectacle as the Somnath railway station is a marvel of its own.
By Flight: Somnath travel by air can be considered as the last option as there are no regular flights to Somnath. The place does not have its own Somnath airport. Diu airport is the closest airport to Somnath. Flights to Somnath will arrive at this airport. A taxi or a bus can be taken from the airport to Somnath. Traveling by flight is a choice to make for last minute trips.
By Cab/Car: Filled with plush greenery and broad roads, Traveling to Somnath by road is a go-to option. Somnath, also known for its wildlife and national parks, is best visited and traveled by road. Travelling to Somnath temple by car lets you take your time around this place and allows you to explore its beauty. Somnath car rental services can be booked from all major cities or within Somnath itself.