The Somnath located in the Prabhas Ksthetra new Veraval in Surashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, india, is the first amonth the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of the god Shiva. It has currently become a tourist spot for pilgrims. The temple is considered sacred due to the various legends connected to it. Somnath means “The protector of (the)Moon god”. The Somnath Temple is know as “The Shrine Eternal” Having been destroyed many time by Islamic kings and rulers. Most Recently it was rebuilt in November 1947, when sardar Vallabhbhai patel visited the area for the integration of junagadh and mooted a plan for restoration after Patal’s death, the rebuilding continued under K.M. Munshi, another minister of Government of India.
The Temple is open from 6:00 am to 9:00pm There are 3 aarti Daily morning 7:00am, noon 12:00 pm and evening 7:00pm.
The Present temple is build in the Chalukya style of temple architecture for Kailash Mahameru Prasad Style and Reflects the skill for the sompura Salats, one of Gujarat’s master masons. The Temple’s Shikhara, or main spire, is meters in height, and it has 8.2-metre tall flag pole at the top.
The Temple is situated as such a place that there is no land in straight-line between somnath seashore till Antarctica, such an inscription in Sanskrit is found on the Arrow Pillar called Baan-Stambh erected on the sea-protection wall at the Somnath Temple. This Baan Stambh mentons that it stand at a point on the Indian landmass, which happens to be the Frist Point on land in the north to the south-pole on that particular longitude.