The most sacred among the 12 Jyotirlings in India, Somnath Temple is located in the Veraval region. The literal meaning of Somnath is ‘Lord of Moon’ and this town gets it name from the Somnath Temple. There are various stories and believes behind who constructed this temple. The Somnath Temple is the 7th temple built for commemorating Lord Somnath. Also known as ‘Prabhas Patan’, this town has remained a quintessential tourist destination for many years now. It is interesting to note that there exists no land between this temple and the South Pole. The Somnath Temple is also believed to be the place where the Holy Saraswati river meets the sea.
Built in the Solanki style, The Sabha Mandap (assembly hall), sanctum sanctorum (innermost shrine) and the Shikhar (top) was built up in the first phase. Lord Somnath has been mentioned in the Puranas and the Mahabharata. The Yadava is said to have fought among themselves and ended their dynasty from the face of Earth. The Somnath Temple is visited by millios of devotees every year. It is no more a tourist attraction for devotees, but a place of pilgrimage where they can come and find absolute peace. If you are visiting this temple, you should not miss out the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the Gir forest safari. It will make your trip a memorable experience.