Highlights: Somnath Temple.
Arrive Rajkot and drive to Somnath. Somnath is One of the most revered & an important
center of culture & nationalism. The legendary temple contains a ‘jyotirlinga’. Looted &
destroyed, built & rebuilt several times, it represents the eternal beauty & strength of the
Indian society. The present splendid structure was rebuilt about five decades ago, at the
exact spot where the original shrine was located. The iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai
Patel was instrumental in the construction of the present temple. Overnight at Somnath.
Highlights: Bhalka Tirth , Triveni Sangam , Somnath Temple. Bhalka Tirtha & Dehotsarg
North of Somnath, en route to Veraval, is the famous Lord Krishna temple, Bhalka Tirtha,
on the site where Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is
Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at Bhalka Tirth is known
as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a tulsi tree has been planted in Lord Krishna's memory. At
the Dehotsarg Tirth, in the 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad
Bhagvat Gita for seven days, as well as the revered Gita Mandir, which has eighteen marble
pillars with a chapter from the Bhagvat Gita inscribed on each one. The temple also contains
a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute.
Nearby is a place known as Baldev Gufa (cave). According to legend, Lord Krishna's elder
brother Baldev disappeared through this cave and went to the netherworld, as he was
considered to be an incarnation of Sheshnag, the king of snakes.
Triveni Ghat in Somanth is the confluence of three holy rivers namely Kapil, Hiran and a
mystical River Saraswathy. It is believed that the rivers flow to the ultimate destination of
Sea from here. This symbolizes the human birth, life and death. This is a sacred location for
taking dip in the Triveni Sangam. It is believed that the holy bath in the waters at this Ghat
offers relief from all curses and ills happened in the whole life.
Triveni Ghat has a significant place in Hindu Mythology and Puranas. This ghat was
mentioned many places in Puranas and great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is
believed that Lord Krishna paid a visit to this holy spot after he was hit by an arrow shot by
Jara, a hunter. This is a highly revered place in Somnath.
The famous temples Gita Mandir and Lakshminarayan temple are located on the banks of