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Somnath Temple in Somnath

·  Summer: March-June (24°C - 42°C)
·  Winter: November-February (10°C - 34°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 09:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

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One of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, Somnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the west coast of India in the holy town of Somnath, the temple accommodates the first and the foremost of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Lord Shiva in the form of eternal pillar of light) and is a popular pilgrimage destination. Originally built by Moon God in pure gold, the temple was reconstructed in silver by the demon king Ravana and in sandalwood by Lord Krishna during different eras.

The temple has a long history in which it was destructed numerous times by the Muslim raiders, but was reconstructed every time by the devoted followers. The present day temple represents magnificent Chalukya style and is admired for its spiritual significance. An important feature is the arrow pillar called Baan Stambh which claims that there is no piece of land in the direction from the temple to Antarctica.  

People of all religions and cultures can visit the temple, though the sanctum sanctorum can be entered only be the priests. It is advised to dress up traditionally, avoid alcohol and smoking and remove footwear before entering the temple. Mobile phones, cameras and other gadgets are strictly prohibited.

Road: Different extensions of the National Highway 8 connect the temple to the neighbouring towns and cities like Veraval, Porbandar, Junagadh and Ahmedabad. State transport buses as well as taxis are the popular modes of transport. Shared taxis and cycle-rickshaws are available to travel within the town.

Railway: The temple is only about 1.5 km. from Somnath Railway Station which is connected to train by many cities. From the station, you can hire a cab, a cycle-rickshaw or prefer to walk to the temple.

Airway: Diu Airport is the closest airport (about 85 km. away) with regular flights to and from Mumbai. Taxis are the most convenient modes from here to access the temple.