Somnath Temple in Gujarat

Somnath temple is one of the twelve Jyothirlinga shrines in India. It is believed that the temple was built by the moon god during its creation and since then the temple has been destroyed seven times, but each time it has survived. Last known renovation took place after the independence when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel saw the sad state of the temple.

The temple overlooks the Arabian Sea, and provides a spectacular sight for the people visiting it. Located on the western coast of Gujarat, the Somnath temple is accessible through road from major cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Accommodation wouldn’t be a problem but one cannot find star hotels here as the place is still not yet commercialized despite being one of the important religious places among Hindu community. But decent hotels and guest houses are available at Veraval located just 5 Km from the Somnath Temple.

Built on the Chaulakya style, the temple is full of carved stone pillars that give the temple a fascinating look. Cameras are not allowed inside the temple making it difficult to capture and share some of the magnificent examples of ancient architecture. The temple has a relatively long and old history that makes it popular among the Hindus.

Somnath temple also has a beach nearby where one can relax and enjoy the calm nature. It is an excellent spot to view the sunset. After a visit to the Somnath temple, a visit to this beach could be a perfect end to the day.

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