Somnath

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Updated: January 9, 2019

Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends that surround it. Its spiritual environment is ornamented by the huge number of temples in the area. However, Somnath also offers beaches, museums and other attractions. While the Somnath temple and Somnath beach are the primary places to visit here, Gita Mandir, Balukha Tirtha, Kamnath Mahadev Temple, Somnath Museum are some of the other places that one can visit.
The major attraction of Somnath are Somnath Temple, Beaches of Somnath, Laxminarayan Temple, Paanch Pandav Gufa, Triveni Sangam, Suraj Mandir, Parshuram temple and many more.
The Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is located on the western coast of Gujarat and is one of the oldest temples of the country.
Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most celebrated pilgrimage sites. The temple is located on the ancient Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers - Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati.
The literal meaning of 'Soma' is Moon God, and 'Somnath' is the protector of the Moon God.
Beaches of Somnath, though crowded are not recommended for swimming but are definitely a great point to relax and unwind.
The presiding deity, Lord Laxminarayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu that is located on the Somnath shore. This temple is famous for the carvings on its 18 pillars which have the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita. It also reflects modern architectural design.
Paanch Pandav Gufa was discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949. The temple was dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The location of the temple is such that one can view the entire city and get mesmerized just by looking at it.
Triveni Sangam is the confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati this is the point where the rivers meet the mighty Arabian Sea. Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus.
Suraj Mandir too is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is one of the few temples dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions and various other birds and animals in the temple.
One of the rare temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram, this temple provides visitors with a scenic surrounding and picturesque landscapes. The temple lies on the banks of the holy river Triveni where Lord Parshuram is believed to have conducted his penance.

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