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Religious Site, Temple, Landmark

The Somnath Temple is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus all across the globe as it is one of the first Jyotirlinga (Representation of Lord Shiva) out of twelve. It is believed to have been established by Soma – the moon god thousands of years ago, who made it as an offering to Lord Shiva, who helped Soma get relief from a curse. Over the course of its history the Somnath temple has been looted and destroyed a number of times by invaders because of the fabulous wealth that the temple accumulated in donations and offerings by kings, lords and other devotees. The temple which currently stands here was built in 1951 by the efforts of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.Somnath Mahadev Temple” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple

The Bhalka Tirth is probably the most pious place in Somnath basically because of the stories associated with it. According to legend, thousands of years ago Lord Krishna was resting on a deerskin in the jungle at the particular spot when a tribal hunter named Jara mistook his foot to be of a deer and shot an arrow at it. Knowing that his time had come, Lord Krishna graciously pardoned the hunter and started walking to the confluence of the 3 rivers. Currently a small temple stands at the spot to mark its importance and is dedicated towards Lord Krishna’s incredible feats and teachings.Bhalka Tirtha” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Temple

Triveni Ghat holds a very important place in Hindu Mythology and history. Notable mentions about this very Ghat can be found in the Puranas and epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Triveni Ghat is the confluence of three holy rivers which are Hiran, Kapil and Saraswati (A legendary river mentioned in many Hindu scriptures but dried up centuries ago). This makes the spot religiously very important as it is believed by the devotees that a dip in the water here can wash off all sins and make one reach closer to God. The Ghat has a very deep philosophical symbolization itself as the merging of the rivers and their eventual pooling into the sea itself symbolizes the cycle of birthTriveni Sangam Ghat” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple

The Gita Mandir is also popularly referred to as Birla Mandir and is one of the most visited temples after the main Somnath temple in Somnath. It is referred to as Birla temple as it was built by the Birlas in the 1970s. The Mandir is famous for its depiction of the Bhagwat Gita, which is carved out on 18 marble pillars. The temple itself is said to be located at the spot where Lord Krishna took rest after walking from Bhalka Tirth when he was shot by an arrow. Also the walls are adorned with various beautiful paintings of Lord Krishna. The temple has the idols of Lord Krishna in the middle and Lord Lakshminarayan and Lord Sita Ram on his two sidesGita Mandir” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Cave

The Panch Pandav Gufa is a cave and small temple located near Lalghati in Somnath. The cave is dated back to ancient times but the temple was founded in 1949 by Baba Narayandas. According to legend the Pandavas sought refuge in these particular caves when Hingaj Mata appeared in front of them and promised them protection. The temple inside the cave was built in dedication of the five Pandava brothers but also has shrines in honour of Shiva, Sita Ma, Ram-Laxman, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga.The Panch Pandav Gufa is a cave and small temple located near Lalghati in Somnath. The cave is dated back to ancient times but the temple was founded in 1949 by Baba Narayandas. According to legend the Pandavas sought refuge in these particular caves when Hingaj Mata appeared in front of them and promised them protection. The temple inside the cave was built in dedication of the five Pandava brothers but also has shrines in honour of Shiva, Sita Ma, Ram-Laxman, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga.Panch Pandav Gufa” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

The temple, unlike other temples in the area, has been built according to modern architectural styles. It is at a very close proximity to the Gita Mandir near to the Sangam Ghats. The temple was built in honour of Lord Lakshminarayan, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Apart from Lord Lakshminarayan, there are idols of various other Hindu Gods and Goddesses inside the temple, adorning the walls and giving the premises a very spiritual atmosphere. Many devotees prefer spending some time near the temple for meditating and spiritual refelctionLakshminarayan Temple” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple

After Lord Krishna was shot in the foot by a hunter, he left his mortal remains behind, which was then cremated on the banks of the river Hiranya by Arjun. This very spot is called the Dehotsarg Teerth. Lord Krishna’s footprints are installed under a papal tree to mark his memory and for devotees to pay their respect to the Lord. It is very close to other temples like Gita temple and Lakshminarayan Temple and has a very peaceful and spiritual environment. Devotees often like to sit around and learn more about the significance of this holy spotDehotsarg Teerth” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple

The history of Suraj Mandir or Sun Temple is almost as old as the original Somnath Temple itself. The temple is located north of the confluence of the holy rivers, very close to the Somnath temple itself. The temple is devoted to the sun god and has many animal figurines like Lions and Elephants inside the temple. Being an important and popular worshipping place, this temple was also the victim of a series of invasions and plundering throughout history. Still the temple is regarded as an architectural marvel and is a must visit in SomnathSurya Mandir” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Historical Site

The Junagadh Gate is one of the most important historical monuments in Somnath. Through this very gate, it is believed that the invader, Mahmud of Ghazni, marched into the town to ransack the Somnath Temple. The Gate itself wasn’t spared and some parts were destroyed at the time of invasion. Today the triple Gate stands tall on the way to Somnath town through Veraval, much to the awe of all the devotees and tourists, who are blown away by its grandeur and splendid history. On closer inspection one can even see intricate carvings on the Gate dating back to ancient timesJunagadh Gate” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

Religious Site, Temple

The Parshuram Temple is quite popular and very important amongst devotees because of the story associated with it. Legend has it that Shri Parshuram conducted his long penance to get relief from his curse of ‘Kshatriyahatya’ or Kshatriyas killings by Lord Somnath. Now a beautiful temple and two ancient kunds at the banks of the holy Triveni Teerth mark this very spot. The temple has 3 main structures which are sabhamandap, a central mandap and a garbhagriha. The sanctum sanctorum has the idols of Lord Parshuram, Kala and Kama. Just behind the temple stands a structure devoted to Shri Parshuram’s mother RenukaParsuramji Temple” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]

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