Somnath temple, first jyothirlinga in india located at shore of arabian sea
Somnath temple, famous for celebrating mahasivarathri and diwali – western coast of india
Somnath temple is one of the main temples in india has a great prominence to worship lord shiva as the main deity. the name somnath refers the name of lord shiva, it located at western coast, prabhas patan near varaval. it is believed that this is the first jyothirlinga among the twelve all over worshiped in india. it has great story to explain the culture of india and the contributions of different emperors who ruled here. the present structure is not an ancient one which built during the middle of 20th century. present structure of the temple was built by following chalukya style of architecture.
somnath temple located at the back ground of blue shade of arabian sea at western coast. soma is the name of the moon, lord shiva got this name by wearing moon on his head, he also known as the protector of god moon. daily abhisheka are the main offering at the mandir usually with milk. there are three main daily rituals performed at the temple. this mandir is refereed is holy rig veda. there are thousands of peoples headed to somnath temple to achieve the blessings of lord shiva.
Karthika poornima is the main festival host at somnath temple which usually falls in november or december months. karthika poornima is the event to celebrate the power of lord shiva. which lasts for complete moon day of hindu month karthik. the day of karthika poornima also called dev diwali. diwali is the day of light and lamps, diwali in somnath is famous with pomp and show. maha sivarathri is a mass festival as same in all other shiva temples in india.regular bus services easily connect to temple from varval and mumbai. veraval is also the nearest rail head which located at a distance of 7 km. keshod is the closest airport to temple is at keshod is about 55 km away.