The Somnath Mahadev Temple, also known as 'The Eternal Shrine' is situated in Somnath in Gujarat. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt seven times. It was built in gold by the Moon God Soma, in silver by the Sun God Ravi, in wood by Lord Krishna and in stone by the Solanki Rajputs in the 11th century.
The last reconstruction took place in 1951. The riches and glory of the temple had led to the invasion of the same several times. The temple is known for its intricate carvings, silver doors, the idol of Nandi and its central Shivalinga. The Kartik Purnima festival is when visitors flock to this temple. This starts on the Kartik Suda 14 according to the Hindu calendar and continues for four days.
The Sun Temple is located adjacent to the Sitala Mata Temple in Somnath in Gujarat. The principle idol of the temple is that of the Sun God, Ravi. The idols of the two attendants of the Sun God are also present in the temple. It was built during the 14th century.
The Archeological Museum of Somnath has a great collection of remains from the former Somnath temples that were destroyed. Stone sculptures, pots and inscriptions from various periods make a visit to the museum interesting. The museum is open from 8.30 am to 12.15 pm and from 2.30 pm – 6 pm.
These are a group of caves located on a hill at different levels in Somnath. According to experts, these caves were built as early as the 2nd century BC. Beautiful carvings, stupas, rock cut pillows and chaityas make these caves even more interesting to tourists.
Located 6 km from Somnath, Veraval is a place known for fisheries. You can watch craftsmen building boats using traditional methods and fishing which are done by trawlers. The smell of the fish lingers in the atmosphere and if this makes you sick, it's better to avoid being here.
This place is a great coastal industrial centre. Seafood is being exported from here in large quantities to countries like Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf countries and the USA.
The Mai Puri Masjid is located about a kilometre from the Junagadh Gate. This ancient structure acts as a gateway to Veraval and it is a beautiful sight with its blue and white coloured tiles. Muslims consider the structure as an important pilgrimage destination along with other mosques in Somnath.
Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is one of the most visited beaches of the state of Gujarat. It is located on the coastline of Gujarat, where Gujarat and Diu come together. The area is thus a combination of cultures from Saurashtra and that of Portugal influence from Diu.
The beach is a great place to be if you love taking a stroll on the sands or if you would like to take a dip in the saline waters. Dolphin sightings and water sport adventures are other reasons why this beach has become popular.