Somnath Temple

The intricately carved honey-coloured Somnath temple on the western fringe of the state is believed to be the place where the primary of the twelve holy jyotirlingas emerged in India – a spot where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of sunshine. The temples lies at the meeting of Kapila, Hiran and Sarasvati river sand therefore the waves of the Arabian Sea ebb and flow touching the shore on which it's constructed. The ancient temple’s timeline are often traced from 649 BC but is believed to be older than that. The present form was reconstructed in 1951. Colourful dioramas of the Shiva story line the side of the temple garden, though it’s hard to ascertain them through the hazy glass. A one-hour sound-and-light show in Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone highlights the temple nightly at 7.45pm.

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