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“Om Namah Shibaya” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Somnath Mahadev Temple

Somnath Mahadev Temple
Prabhas Patan, | Near Veraval City, Somnath, India
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Somnath
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Om Namah Shibaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Dear All, Om Namah Shibaya. The Somnath temple is awesome. It is worth to visit. The beauty of century old temple is incredible. It is just beside arbean sea. The architecture is unbelievable . Only unsatisfactory is that you can’t go inside the grabha griha & touch the deity. The dharshan timing is from 6 30 am to 9 30 pm. There are 3 times of aarti morning, afternoon & evening. There is one arrow , Tirsthambh indicates the unobstructed sea route to the South Pole. The nearest land towards South Pole is about 9936 km. away. This is a wonderful indicator of the ancient Indian wisdom of geography and strategic location of the Jyotirling. You can feel the presence of Lord Shiba there. There is facilities for old people like wheelchair & lift. You need to put belt, purse at locker just beside main temple & within campus . Complex ground is too big. You can spent plenty of hours there. You get food in in nearby somnath temple trust canteen in just 35 rupees. You can buy gangajal (named gangotri ) in 55 rupees per liter. There was a light & sound show at evening but at present it is stopped. I wish we all can visit Lord Somnath Temple & get blessed by Lord forever.

Visited September 2013
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“Divine Darshan of Somnath Mahadev”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

We performed puja at old Somnath temple with all rituals. The pundit was very nice and cordial. We remained there for one hour. We felt the presence of Lord Mahadev. We were told that this temple was built by a lady emperor of Gujrat in 18th century. The centuries old temple was ransacked by Mohd. Gazni. The new Somnath temple was built by Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel during 1960. We were there at 07-00 PM for evening aarti and as well as divine darshan of Lord Mahadev. The mammoth and elaborately decorated temple fascinated us. There was a big screen telecasting the live aarti of Somnath Mahadev. After the aarti, we had divine darshan of Lord Somnath's Shivlingam. Shivlingam was decorated with religious fervour, culture and euphoria and we were stunned there.This visual splendor happens every day. It is also a living embodiment of tribal, folk and integrated elements of the socio-culture-religious ethos of Indian civilization. You may purchase the Gangotri Ganga -jal inside the Temple and offer to Shivlingam through electronic way. It's fantastic to have a Divine Darshan of Lord Somnath Mahadev.

Visited September 2013
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“Somanath Mahadev jyothirlinga mandir”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This temple is very huge and well maintained. No vehicles allowed near the temple due to security reasons. No Camera, purse, bags, belts allowed, There is a locker room where you can keep your belongings, lock the box and keep the key with you. When you return take your belongings abd reurn the key.ALL FOR FREE,NO CHARGE. There is a separate counter to keep the shoes called "SHOE HOUSE ", Leave your shoes/chappals there and there is water to clean your hands next only to this place. As you walk into the temple, there are counters where you can buy tickets for the poojas. After the pooja you will also get the prasadam for the pooja you have performed.
There is a temple store where you can buy shiva lingas, pictures, Rudrakshi,key chains and what not. ALL REASONABLY priced. You can buy books also . As you walk around the temple you can see the sea and the waves and enjoy the beauty of sunrise ans sunset. Lots of space to walk around. BEAUTIFUL GARDEN. SMALL TEMPLES AROUND.
If you go in the evening you can also see SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW also.
The only problem is the toilets are too far. This is very inconvenient for aged and sick people. One has walk a long way to reach the pay and use toilets. The authorities can make some arrangements for the toilts somewhere near the temple on the roadside or near parking to help the old and sick tourists.
There are many people selling photos,cds and books outside the temples, Those things are also good. You can get the cds and books in almost all Indian Languages.

Visited February 2013
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“wonderful evening experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The somnath jyotirlinga is one of the most important hindu jyotirlinga. The temple has history of thousands of years but the current structure is relatively new. Built on the fabulous arabian ocean beach with vast garden expanses, this temple certainly gives you very different experience of a hindu temple. you will feel divine and calm without all the croud and conjusted typical hindu temple features. There is lot of place to sit around temple and meditate. Sunset in the sea is a great watch. The evening laser show on the temple shikhara which tells glorifying story of the temple is a must watch. Book the ticket for this laser show from booking counter in advance.

Visited November 2012
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“Somnath Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It is one one of the Jyotirlings and a must visit.
Plan to visit near the aarti timings so that you can take advantage of the same.
The security is strict and at times rough so be careful to follow the rules given very strictly.
No camera, mobile, belts etc are allowed inside
The space is clean.
One can buy the Prasad, while going in or after coming out from Temple counters outside the temple.
Back of the Temple there is a pointer indicating towards South pole and people say that on a clear day one can see the South pole.
The old temple is at walking distance and must be visited.
Accommodation is available at very reasonable rates near the temple and also a langar, again at very reasonable rates, is run next to the temple.
One can buy items for memory at the Shopping centre next to the temp[le.

Visited August 2013
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