With unstinted support from faith, mythology and history, the temple town in Gujarat Somnath proudly stands with the towering shikharas of grand old ancient Somnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somnath temple, dedicated to one of the 12 revered Jyothirlingas, directs all the movements in city. It enlivens the life of the locals and visitors.
Somnath, literally means Lord of Moon, derived its name from the famous Somnath temple. This religious destination was earlier known as 'Prabhas Patan'. This town, unaffected by the modern luxuries and concrete jungles, still holds its historical, mythological and religious appeal to masses of Hindu devotees.
Somnath has got its mention in Puranas and Hindu Epics including Mahabharata. This place is considered as a place where Moon Soma worshipping the Lord Shiva and hence Shiva is called as Somnath here. Another Hindu mythological story mentions Somnath as the place where Lord Krishna was shot by an arrow in his foot. It is believed that the Yadavas, the descendents of Lord Krishna, fought among themselves and destroyed the Yadav community.
Placed at the extreme southwest Arabian Coast in Sourashtra, Somnath town encloses a serene beach, few streets and a bus stand. It is believed that Somnath is located at a place where the holy River Saraswathy flows into the Sea.
Summer 24 to 42 C
Winter 10 to 34 C
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Getting to Somnath
Nearest airport to Somnath is Koshed 55 km and Diu 90 km, but this airport is connected to Mumbai only. International travelers have to get connecting flights from Ahmedabad or Mumbai international airport, which is at a distance of 400 km and 887 km respectively from Somnath. Both Ahmedabad and Mumbai are well linked with all major cities in India and many cities in abroad.
Veraval in Konkan line is the nearest railhead, which is only just 5 km away and is connect to cities like Mumbai Vrl Bct Pass Ex, Ahmedabad Somnath Express and Vadodra Mum Rajdhani. Direct trains are not available from Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Somnath to ious cities in and around.