Somnath derives its name from its famous Somnath Temple, Somnath meaning The Protector of Moon God. According to the legend, the conceited Moon, otherwise called Chandra became so arrogant that her father-in-law cursed her to fade away. She prayed to Lord Shiva who gave partial respite from the curse, so she disappears periodically.
Somnath Temple

Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot in Gujarat.
Junagadh Gate

Junagadh Gate is one of the historical attractions nearby the Somnath temple of Prabhas Kshetra. Somnath can be reached only through the gateway called Junagadh Gate from the nearest city of Veraval. This gate was destroyed at the time of invasion by Mohammed Ghazni.
Triveni Ghat

Triveni Ghat in Somnath is the confluence of three holy rivers namely Kapil, Hiran, and a mystical River Saraswathy. It is believed that the rivers flow to the ultimate destination of Sea from here. This symbolizes human birth, life, and death. This is a sacred location for taking a dip in the Triveni Sangam.
Ahilyabai Temple

Ahilyabai temple was constructed as a substitute for the main Somnath temple when it was raided and ravaged. This temple was built by Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar who patronized the Hindu religion in all its glory. When she saw the derelict condition of Somnath temple she built another temple that acted as a substitute to the original one.
Balka Tirth

Bhalka Tirtha or Bhalka pilgrimage located in the Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the place where Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter named Jara.
Mai Puri Masjid

The small Somnath town is believed to have been raided by Mahmud of Gazni several times who established this mosque of Mai Puri. He had taken away the Somnath wealth to his homeland in the country of Afghanistan. The Mai Puri Masjid of Somnath is one among the several historical, religious, and mythical places of Somnath which has drawn a large number of tourists here.
Prabhas Patan Museum

Prabhas Patan, also known as Somnath Patan, historically named Dev Patan, is a town situated in the Gir Somnath district in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.
Suraj Mandir

Suraj Mandir is also known as Sun Temple, Suraj temple is considered to be as old as Somnath Temple. Suraj Mandir is situated near the Triveni Ghats and is dedicated to the Sun God. There are depictions of elephants, lions, and various other birds and animals in the temple.
Laxmi Narayan Mandir

Laxmi Narayan Temple of Somnath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi.
Best Time To Visit Somnath

Somnath is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations among the Hindus and the devotees pay a visit to the temple, throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the temple is during the winter season, when the weather remains pleasant and makes it easier for sightseeing. Somnath experiences a harsh summer, with a maximum temperature of 42° Celsius. The heat does not allow you to enjoy and explore the city in peace and this season is avoided by tourists. The monsoon is accompanied by heavy showers of rainfall and wind. The temperature decreases and brings relief from the summer heat, but the humidity level increases. Cyclones and storms are experienced in a post-monsoon period that arises in the Arabian Sea. The winter season is pleasant and cooler, very ideal for pilgrims to visit the temple. Besides the temple visitation, there are many places of interest like the Panch Pandav Gufa, Junagarh Gate, nearby cities of Bhavnagar and Porbandar.

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