Somnath, literally meaning 'lord of the moon' is a pilgrim center and is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is a town which derives much of its identity from the mythology, religion, and legends (Read More)that surround it.

Here is the list of 17 Things to Do in Somnath

1. Parshuram Temple

Parshuram Temple
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The temple lies on the banks of the holy river Triveni where Lord Parshuram is believed to have conducted his penance. One of the rare temple dedicated to Lord Parshuram this temple provides visitors with a scenic surrounding and picturesque landscapes.

2. Try out the Bhabha Restaurant

Try out the Bhabha Restaurant

At Bhabha Restaurant dairy products like Lassi, Buttermilk, Chaas, ice creams are popular and easily available. You can also try Gujarati snacks in the area like Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Sev, Khandvi and Khaman as well as sweets like Ghevar, Malpua, Shrikhand, Puran Poli and more.

3. Prachi Tirth

Prachi Tirth

Prachi Tirth is a religious centre important for performing the sacred rituals for the ancestors. According to a legend, Lord Krishna, who was a descendant of the Yaduvansh, performed rituals at the tirth for his ancestors. Religiously, Prachi tirth is considered just as important as Kashi for the Hindu ceremonies.

4. The Historical Junagadh Gate

The Historical Junagadh Gate

Junagadh Gate is a historic monument which is believed to be the gate that Mahmud of Gazni entered to loot and destroy the Somnath Temple. The splendid monument now serves as a landmark and is made of stone with chattris and sculpted tigers on top of it.

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5. Prabhas Patan Museum

Prabhas Patan Museum

Prabhas Patan Museum was established in the mid-1900s and has a stunning collection of ancient temple remains, inscriptions, idols of deities, water from sacred rivers, etc. that signify the union of Saraswati, Kapila and Hiranya. The Kalbhairav Linga, is also believed to be hidden amidst the remains, which the Moon God worships.

6. Gita Temple

Gita Temple
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Built at the Triveni Ghat, where three rivers meet the ocean, the Gita Temple is a beautiful structure dedicated to Lord Krishna built by the Birlas in the 70s.

7. Kamnath Mahadev Temple

Kamnath Mahadev Temple
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Kamnath Mahadev Temple was built 200 years ago and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by King Mayurdhwaj who is believed to have cured of leprosy after taking a bath in the Dudhiya Talav, a sacred pond inside the temple complex.

8. Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji Temple

Shashibhushan Mahadev and Bhidbhanjan Ganpatiji Temple
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Located about 4km away from the city on the highway along the beautiful sea shore. Bhidbhanjan is the savior form of Ganesha and is worshipped here along with Shiva.

9. Lord Krishna's Footprints -Dehotsarg Teerth

Lord Krishna's Footprints -Dehotsarg Teerth

Dehotsarg Teerth is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus as this is where Lord Krishna breathed his last after he was shot by Jara's arrow. The location is marked by Lord Krishna's footprints and this incident is elaborated in the sacred texts as 'Sri Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Leela'.

10. Somnath Jytorilinga Temple

Somnath Jytorilinga Temple
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The Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple is first of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is located on the western coast of Gujarat and is one of the oldest temples of the country. It also has a mention in ancient texts like Shreemad Bhagavat Gita, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda.

11. Suraj Mandir ( Sun Temple)

 Suraj Mandir ( Sun Temple)
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Suraj Mandir too is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is one of the few temples dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions and various other birds and animals in the temple.

12. Watch Sunset at Chorwad Beach

Watch Sunset at Chorwad Beach

Located in Somnath, Chorwad Beach is one of the most serene and tranquil places to relax and enjoy in the state of Gujarat. Once a historically and culturally thriving place and home to the royal palace of Nawab of Junagadh, Chorwad Beach now even in ruins looks incredibly magical and is a must visit.

13. Triveni Sangam Temple

Triveni Sangam Temple
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The confluence of the three rivers Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati this is the point where the rivers meet the mighty Arabian Sea. Triveni Sangam is believed to be a very sacred Moksha Tirtha for Hindus.

14. Laxminarayan Temple

Laxminarayan Temple
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Located on the Somnath shore, the presiding deity, Lord Laxminarayan is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Reflects modern architectural design, this temple is famous for the carvings on its 18 pillars which have the sacred message of Krishna in the form of Bhagwadgita.

15. Explore the Paanch Pandav Gufa

Explore the Paanch Pandav Gufa
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Discovered by the late Baba Narayandas in the year 1949, the temple was dedicated to the five Pandava Brothers. The location of the temple is such that one can view the entire city and get mesmerized just by looking at it.

16. Relax at Somnath Beach

Relax at Somnath Beach
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Along with the world-famous Somnath Temple, the Somnath Beach also forms an essential part of the itinerary of a tourist visiting Gujarat. Travellers can unwind here after a long day of sightseeing, although, swimming is not recommended. One can also find many joggers running along a path in early mornings and evenings.

17. Bhalka Tirth

Bhalka Tirth

Bhalka Tirth is a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre which is believed to be the location where Lord Krishna was shot by a hunter's arrow. According to the sacred scripts, Lord Krishna's death marks the end of the Dvapara Yug and the beginning of the Kali Yug.

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