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Somnath is famous for its grand Shiva temple, one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas, located right on the shore of the Arabian Sea, in Junagadh District. As legend has it, the original temple was built by the moon god (Soma) in gratitude to Shiva for mitigating the impact of a terrible curse. The temple has had a chequered history. Said to have been a fabulously wealthy temple, Somnath was plundered, and also destroyed, several times for its treasures — most famously by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1026. The last raid was by Aurangzeb in 1701 who had a mosque built at the site of the temple.

Housing a calm and quiet beach and just a couple of streets, the ancient town of Somnath is a hot spot for pilgrims with pilgrims descending to shower their devotion at the Somnath Temple. It finds mention in the Hindu puranas and the Mahabharata. Literally translated as the "Lord of the Moon," the town and its temple celebrate the most auspicious Karthik Poornima (or full-moon) in the month of November/ December with full fervour and flavour. The reverberating sounds of Shiv bhajans and the legend, culture and tradition surrounding it, will accompany you during your entire stay at Somanth. It has been popularly dubbed as the "shrine eternal," for its ability to stand tall in the face of destruction - it's been rebuilt six times.

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Sunil Yembarwar
Sunil Yembarwar
One should visit Somnath once
Mar 04 2017
Nice Temple, Nice Roads, Nice Hotel- The Divine Resort, Nice Travel Experience by road. We travelled by own car from Mumbai to Somnath via Vadodara- Gir forest. The Roads are very good. After travelling for almost 15 hours+, when we saw the Somanth ...... read more
Anjali Ranjan
Anjali Ranjan
Awesome Experience @ Somnath
Jun 29 2014
Somnath is one of the very popular pilgrimages of India . It's just beside the sea shore .The original temple is now just a mould of bricks . The new temple has been constructed on the line of original one . The best time to visit the temple is duri ...... read more