A busy town with visitors all the time and I was one among them. I normally don’t plan my stay in advance just to make the travel more interesting. So, here I am at travelling overnight from Ahmedabad in train and reaches Veraval station around 4 am in the morning. As I step outside the station it was very misty and cold. I had no idea on where to look for an accommodation. Somnath was about 5 kms from Veraval. I decided to approach an autowala and ask him for help to get me a budget hotel near the somnath temple. As we started, the auto stopped outside the railway station because it ran out of gas. The auto driver was really nice as he went to arrange an another auto for me. Finally got into the other auto and started travelling towards Somnath in the cold, dark and misty morning. The new auto driver too was really nice and helped me get a small budget stay for 600 rupees till evening just behind the main temple. He also offered to show me around the town for 800 rupees to which I agreed.
Somnath was mostly a pilgrimage visit because it’s temples everywhere. Sometimes it’s good to see god and ask to forgive your sins 😛
According to legend, Somnath is as old as creation, built by none other than the Moon God himself, Somaraj hence the name. It’s also known as “the Shrine Eternal”.
A river is always holy in Hinduism and the place where all the three rivers – Hiranya, Kapila and mythical Saraswati come together is called the Triveni Sangam.
Panch Padav Gufa is said to be place where the Pandavas where hiding during their exile period.
Krishna breathed his last at Gujarat’s Prabhas Patan. Golok Dham was the place from where Krishna embarked onto his journey from this world to his world and Bhalka Tirath is where an arrow pierced through Krishna’s foot resulting in his death.
Natural Shiva Lingas in the sea near Somanath .
A beautiful evening near the sea before I leave Somnath.
The room I stayed which was worth the money.
Finally a beautiful and small Somnath railway station. I am waiting for my train to Dwaraka which is yet another interesting place to see.