The Somanath Temple, one of the 12 most sacred Jyotirlingas in India, stands magnificently on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the state of Gujarat. It is belived that the temple was originally built by Soma, the Moon God, in penance and worship of Lord Shiva who had laid a curse upon him. Ransacked and destroyed several times by many invaders like Muhammad of Ghazini in 1025 A.D. and later by Allaudin in 1296 A.D., the present structure was once again rebuilt, this time in the original spot by a committe that was appointed after Independence.

Located as it is, it is widely believed that if one were to sail from here in a straight line, the end of the journey would be at the North Pole, without having to travel over land. The Vedic installation ceremony was performed on June 11 thru 14, 1998 and the deity is named as Lord Somanath Sadashiva. (The famous Somanath temple of Western India)

How to reach ? 

By Road : State transport buses andGujarat Tourismconducted tours link Somnath with prominent towns around.  

By Rail : Veraval, 5 km, is the nearest railway station.

By Air : The nearest airport isKeshod, 47 km, which is connected with Bombay.


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