Somnath Temple, one of the most frequented temples in the country has twelve most sacred Shiva shrines in India. The legend says that this temple, located at the southern coast of Saurashtra, was made by the Moon God himself and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple withstood several tests of time but still manages to stand strong as before till date. It was built and rebuilt several times.
The architecture of the temple is very impressive and states about the architectural splendor the time. Typical Chalukyan style of architecture can be found at this temple. The imposing exterior of the temple is marked with massive and huge sabha mandap in the front side of the temple. The 155 feet shikhara is equally imposing. The jyotirlinga, which is mounted on the Brahmasila rises to about four feet in height. It is bedecked with stunning decorations using sandal paste. You will find numerous priests and devotes in the service of the Lord all the time.
The structure of Somnath Temple in Gujarat is the only one in the word, which was demolished five times and was rebuilt for the sixth time on the same ground. It is one of the most sacred temples for the pilgrim s to offer their homage. On the auspicious day of Shivaratri, pilgrims gather at this temple to shower their offering on the Lord.
The present structure of the building was built by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and his deputy Prime Minister of India. The construction work of the temple was then completed on December 1, 1995. It was then offered to the public of India by Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. There is a trust, which manages the well being of the Somnath Temple, Gujarat. Shree Somnath Trust takes care of the entire temple complex and its environs.
Reaching Somnath Temple is not at all a problem. It can be easily accessed by almost all modes of transport. The nearest airport is the Airport at Diu, which is connected with Mumbai. Previously, Veraval was the nearest railway station to Somnath Temple but Somnath itself has its own railway station. There are several buses that travel to this city from other parts of the state.