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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous religious sites in Somnath?

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Away from the chaos of cities, this little city is your heavenly abode. Sheltering numerous temples, Somnath is a bustling center of spirituality. Keep your worries away and explore this lovely town for some peace and tranquility.
Here are some of the most popular religious sites in town:


  • Somnath Temple
    Enshrining the revered Jyotirlinga, the Somnath temple is one of the most important Shiva temples in India. The imposing temple is constructed in the Chalukya style with a height of about 155 ft. The beautiful Jyotirlinga adorned with colourful flowers and ornamented with silver and gold is a breathtaking experience.

    Believed to be built in gold by the God of Moon, the temple was then renovated with silver by Ravana. Lord Krishna then renovated it with wood and finally one of the Pandavas, Bhima, built it with stones. The temple has witnessed numerous invasions by foreign rulers yet the glory of the temple remains in all its splendour.
    The rhythmic ringing of bells, melodious beating of drums and the harmony of Shiva Bhajans (hymns) greet you during the aarti at the temple. Soaked in peace and tranquility, the temple will completely rejuvenate your being.

  • Gita Mandir
    The Gita Mandir is elegantly located at the confluence of three holy rivers known as Triveni Tirtha. Built by the Birla family in 1970, the temple is also called Birla temple. It is believed that Lord Krishna walked for 4 km from Baluka Tirtha till here after being hit by an arrow.
    The temple is primarily made up of marble with Gita inscriptions carved on eighteen massive marble pillars. Built in such a way that you can hear the echo of your voice inside the temple, the harmony of Krishna bhajans greet you as you enter the temple.

  • Bhalka Teerth
    The small temple is built under the Banyan tree at the confluence of three holy rivers. Believed to be the place where Lord Krishna was mistakenly injured whilst in meditation by the hunter, Jara. The majestic white idol of Lord Krishna along with an image of the hunter Jara with folded hands is absolutely splendid.

  • Kamnath Mahadev Temple
    Built by a Mayurdhwaj king, the grand Kamnath Mahadev temple was built over 200 years ago. The massive structure houses the holy pond known as Dudhiyu Talav, a water well known as Gangvo Kuvo and a bathing pool named as Mahadev no Kund.
    Legend has it, the king recovered from leprosy after taking a dip in the pond. Said to have healing powers, it is thronged by devotees during the enthralling fair at the end of Shravan Maas.

  • Triveni Ghat
    One of the most revered places in Somnath, Triveni Ghat is located at the confluence of the three holy rivers of Hiran, Kapil and Saraswathy. It is said that the rivers smoothly flow to the ultimate destination of Sea from here. The symbolic representation being the cycle of human birth, life and death.
    The ghat also holds immense significance in Hindu Mythology and Puranas, specifically the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. This is the very spot where Lord Krishna came after being shot by Jara, a hunter. Thronged by devotees all year around, it is believed, a holy bath here washes away all your curses and sins.

When in Somnath, you are never too far from spiritual comfort. Peace and serenity await you at this surreal city. After visiting these magnificent temples, don't forget to multiply your excitement with these tourist attractions in Somnath!

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