Somnath is one of the most popular excursions from Junagadh. This place is particularly an important place of interest for the devotees of the Hindu religion.

Somnath is situated close to Veraval in the state of Gujarat. It is located on the southern coast of Saurashtra. The Somnath temple is often considered as the first of the twelve Shiva Jyotirlingas. This temple is situated at a distance of about 25 km from Chorwad and 79 km from Junagadh. The importance of Somnath Temple at Junagadh among the Hindu pilgrims is, to a great extent, due to the above stated fact. The temple is an architectural marvel and faces the Arabian Sea.

The Skanda Purana gives a description of Somnath. According to common belief, the Kalabhairava Shivalinga or Bhairavanatha in Prabhasa was adored by the moon. Therefore, Shiva is termed Somnath at this place. In the Skanda Purana, the Sparsa Linga located at Somnath Temple is compared with the sun in its brightness. According to popular belief, the Moon God created Somnath. The temple bears testimony to many historical attacks.

To enter the Somnath town, the tourists have to pass through the Junagadh Gate. Another important attraction of the place is the Sun temple. At present, the visitors can only view the remains of the Sun Temple. Towards the east of the Somnath Temple, there is the Bhalka Theertha. This place is popular for being associated with the famous Swargaarohanam legend, related to Lord Krishna. It is believed that Krishna was wounded by an arrow shot by a Bhil tribal, Jara, at this place.

Last Updated on 06/06/2013