Somnath – The Gold Temple of Lord Shiva
Being a Triveni Sangam, Somnath is reckoned as a city located on the holy confluence of three rivers viz. Saraswati, Kapila, and Hiran. There is interesting mythology behind the origin of this holy city in Gujarat which states that once Som (Lord Moon) was burdened with a curse and to restore his luster he dipped himself into the river Saraswati. Despite being called a religious destination, Somnath is dotted with various other sightseeing destinations and tourist attractions. Check out the complete article and get to know about some of the popular sites one can explore on their Trip to Somnath.
01. Somnath Temple
The temple which is believed to be initially built by Lord Moon is considered to be one of the most important Jyotirlingas in India and is also called to be one of the prime destinations of Shiva worshippers. The Jyotirlinga idolized here is always adorned with flowers, ornaments made up of gold and silver and if you look at the tourism rate of this gorgeous temple then you come to know its real importance and significance in Hinduism. If you are also looking to visit the shrine then try spending an evening so that you could witness the charm of light and sound show organized at the place.
02. Panch Pandav Gufa
The stunning cave temple located closer to the Somnath Temple and is believed to be discovered many years ago i.e. in 1949 by Baba Narayandas. This popular cave temple is dedicated to the five Pandava brothers named Nakul, Arjuna, Bheem, Sahdev, and Yudhisthira as Hindu mythology states that they stayed here during their period of exile. When you visit this huge cave temple you get to witness various deities idolized there including Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Lord Lakshmana, Goddess Sita, Goddess Durga, and Lord Hanuman. The best thing about the shrine is that the moment you enter the vicinity you get mesmerized with the tranquility and the serenity spread in the ambiance.
03. Bhalka Tirth
Located on the Prabhas Veraval Highway, Bhalka Tirth is a holy spot in Somnath holding a great religious significance in Hinduism. As per interesting Hindu mythology, this is the place where the poacher mistakenly shot an arrow to Lord Krishna and this incident made this place divine and soon after this incident a temple was constructed at the spot. The holy shrine established there is dedicated to Lord Krishna and has been named as Mahaprabhuji’s Baithak. This is one of those places that one must visit on their Somnath trip.
04. Gita Mandir
Also reckoned as Birla Mandir, Gita Mandir is one of those places that must not be missed out on your Gujarat trip. Constructed in the year 1970 at the Dehotsarg Campus by the Birlas. The walls of this temple are adorned with 18 marble pillars representing the shreds of evidence of Shreemad Bhagavad Gita. This huge astonishing temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna which is adorned with Lord Sita Ram and Lord Lakshmi- Narayan are also idolized inside the premises of the temple settled on either side of the Lord Krishna.
05. Somnath Beach
A real paradise for beach lovers, Somnath Beach is known for its cleanliness and beauty where you can hang out with your family and friends. Although you are not allowed to enter this water area due to the unpredictable climate and the high tides which sometimes result in frequent showers. Sometimes it can be pretty dangerous and so the tourists visiting the destination are requested to maintain a safe distance from the water body. The incredible beauty of this glimmering beach and the sandy beaches make it an enticing visit.
Dwarka – The Kingdom Of Lord Krishna
Land of Lord Krishna, Dwarka is known for its unending charm and is adorned with glimmering beaches and the ancient temples. Dwarka is enlisted amongst one of the four sacred cities and is dipped into complete serenity and history. There are numerous tourist places to explore in Dwarka which are known for their interesting myths and realities offering them a great spiritual experience.
Here are some of the places you can explore on your trip to Dwarka:
01. Dwarkadhish Temple
the huge temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and holding an unending history of almost 2500 years back. This five-storied shrine in Dwarka is believed to be the wish-granting place where devotees from all around the world flock to seek the blessings of Krishna. Right at the moment you enter the premise of the temple you would feel the presence of divine powers hovering in the ambiance of this holy site and you feel the real presence of Krishna. One can also visit the smaller shrines dedicated to different deities like Goddess Subhadra, Rukmini, Lord Balarama, and many others. Although the charm of this Krishna shrine is incomparable throughout the year yet on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, this holy site looks pretty adorable.
02. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
One of the most popular Jyotirlingas in India, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga in Dwarka Gujarat welcomes thousands of tourists every year thronging individually or in groups from all around the world. The temple is idolized with a huge almost 25 meters tall statue of Lord Shiva offering an aesthetic appeal to the devotees. There is a belief in Hinduism that this holy site represents the protection of the entire world from the toxic effect of poison. If you believe mythologies then it is stated that this is the place where Lord Krishna used to perform Rudrabhishek. Besides attaining spiritual experience here you can also soak yourself into a deep serenity and tranquility by visiting the huge garden area adorned with an appealing pond.
03. Rukmini Devi Temple
The gorgeous holy site dedicated to Rukmani Devi, the beloved consort of Lord Krishna. If you are keen to witness the glory of architecture established during the 12th century then visit Rukmani temple which is one of the finest examples of eras old architectures in India. This giant religious destination is reckoned for its alluring sculptures adorning the walls. The walls of this shrine are sculpted beautifully with elephants and human figures at the base of this masterpiece. The inner sanctum of the shrine houses a platform seat on which Goddess Rukmini, the beloved wife of Lord Krishna is worshipped.
04. Gomti Ghat
According to Hindu mythology and the holy scriptures, Gomti Ghat is the only place where River Ganga descended on the earth straight from heaven. This makes this Ghat one of the most revered holy spots in Dwarka where pilgrims from every nooks and corner of the country flock to take a holy dip into the river. Taking a dip into this slightly saline water cleanse all your committed sins and purge your soul with new and positive energies. This sacred Ghat is encircled and dotted with a cluster of temples dedicated to different deities including Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, Lord Shiva, etc.
05. Gopi Talav
A popular attraction in Dwarka, Gujarat Gopi Talav is associated with the incidents occurred in the life of Lord Krishna. This little yet gorgeous pond is adorned with yellow-colored sand which is represented and called Gopi Chandan. This holy site is deeply linked with the childhood time of Lord Krishna and it is said that when Krishna shifted to Dwarka from Vrindavan then his Gopis were not ready to accept this separation and they all together gathered at this submerged into the soil and got transformed into Yellow clay which is then after called as Gopi Chandan. If you are visiting Dwarka then do not miss out on the chance to bring this divine Gopi Chandan.
It is never interesting to read a long article and it becomes boring as long as it gets stretched and this is why we have compiled a very few destinations that you can cover on your Somnath Dwarka tour with our meticulously designed Dwarka Somnath Tour Package. However, if you want to know some other places falling en-route then do like this post and leave your comments in the comment box.