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“First Jyotirlinga”

Somnath Mahadev Temple
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Somnath
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Jaipur, India
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“First Jyotirlinga”
Reviewed May 23, 2014

Shree Somnath Mahadev is 'Aadi Jyotirling'. Somnath temple is at the shore of Arabian Sea, in Prabhas Patan, six kilometers from Veraval Town in Gujarat. This Temple is considered as one of the oldest Tirth. This is the first among the twelve Shiva Jyotirlings in India. This temple was six times invaded by Muslim Rulers. This is seventh existing temple.

The temple Dedicated to Lord Shiva has a 'Garbhgruh', 'Sabhamandap', and a Nrityamandap. It has 150ft. high Shikhar (Temple Top).

Other temples in vicinity are Geetamandir (where message of Bhagavat Geeta is carved on marble pillars), Parshuram Temple, and Shri Lakshminarayan Temple.

Veraval is directly connected by Rail from Ahmedabad. If you can spare three days' holidays, you can plan a nice round trip to visit Chorwad Beach- Palace, Veraval, Gir forest, and Junagadh.

Visited September 2013
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“Morning and Evening aarti darshans”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

We attended morning and evening aarti of Somnath. both at 7 am and 7pm resp.
In morning aarti we arrived at 6:30 whole mandap was full and we stood at the back for aarti darshans !! and viewed whole aarti from the LCD

but during evening aarti we reached the place 1 hr before and we were first there and sat in the waiting blocks beside darshan railing and in this 1 hr whole mandap was full of devotees and had very nice darshans in evening

Also we offered ganga jal which we brought from the temple shop to somnath shivalinga !! the place where Gulak is placed, where all devotees bow their head, there were two bowl like structures, if we pour water in them it straight away reaches the shivalinga, Few people know about it also sometimes temple authorities hide it by keeping a towel upon it, but if you know then you can pour water in it !!

We also collected the holy abhishekam water which come from the shivalinga ! the water can be collected from a pipe line structure which is outside the temple structure! It is the passage of water from shivalinga to sewer !! you can find it in parikrama path, always some people used to stand their to sprinkle or to drink that holy water

Must attend light and sound show, tickets can be brought from a temple shop and if you have ladies with you them must tell them to meet in the light and sound complex, as exit for ladies and gents are different and there is always some problem to find one !!

Visited April 2014
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Wonderful Seaside temple”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Had been to this temple for 2014 New Year... My New year blossomed at the divine place. Wonderful architecture to be capsulated. And one of the cleanest temples i have visited. Generally temples in Gujarat are clean. And The morning sea waves clashing on to the wall of the temple add to the beauty. Sunrise in Somnath beach is a sight to be never missed....

Visited January 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Har Har Mahadev”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

one of the 12 Jyoteerling its a must place to visit for Shiva worshippers. Book the hotel before as we had tough time in seraching good place to stay. the temple located at the sea side is one of the largest shivleeng of God Shiva. view of the sea from the back of the temple is awesome. in the evening the light show at temple is also good. the picture tour of 12 jyoteerling of Shiva across India is knowledge enhancing. You can buy some traditional stuff outside the temple from street vendors. dont forget to bargain.

Visited January 2014
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“The sacred jyotirlingam of Somnath!!!”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

The Somanath temple has the sacred jyotirlingam which is the first in 12 jyotirlingams in India; The Somnath temple is located in Veraval region of Junagadh district. Somnath means ‘Lord of Moon’ and the town gets its name from the Somnath Temple.The temple is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean and guarded by security personnel all the time due to terrorist threat against this temple. No cell phone,camera and electronics gadgets are allowed into this temple. The locker and shoe safekeeping services are available outside of Somnath temple. Please present during the Aarti time to feel the complete divine atmosphere here. Do not forget to visit the old "Parvati temple" just behind the current Somnath temple. There is light and sound show available for just Rs25 only. The light and sound shows starts at 7.30Pm but only in Hindi language. Please visit the Somnath temple during sun set to get beatiful view on Somnath temple. There is beautiful small parks around the Somnath temple. Om Namashivaya!!!

Visited April 2014
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