If you are thinking of visiting the holy places of Lord Shiva in the month of Sawan, then you can plan to visit the Somnath temple. Which is an important Hindu temple and it is counted as the first Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Located in the Veraval port of Saurashtra region of Gujarat, it is believed that it was built by Chandradev himself. Which has been broken and rebuilt many times.
The reconstruction of the present building was started after the independence of India by Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and on 1st December 1995, the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad dedicated it to the nation. Somnath temple is not only religious but it is also a very famous tourist destination. Apart from visiting, if you want information from the history of the temple to the present, then there is a one-hour sound and light show from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. In which complete information about the history of Somnath temple is given. According to folklore, it is here that Shri Krishna left his body.
Features of Somnath Temple
It took five years for the construction of the temple. The peak of the temple is 150 feet high. On the top of the temple there is a Kalash which weighs 10 tonnes. This temple is spread over the entire 10 km and it also has 42 more temples. Inside the main temple is the sanctum sanctorum, sabhamandapam and dance mandapam. On the south side of the temple there is a pillar on the sea side which is known as Banastambha.
How to reach
The nearest railway station to reach here is Veraval. It is also connected by rail with Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat.
The nearest airport to reach here is Rajkot, which is 63 km away from the temple. It is followed by Porbandar airport which is 120 km away and third airport is Rajkot which is 160 km away.