What is the first thought that strikes when you tune the word ‘temple’? Is it the same old notion of a place covered with age old people, a place not meant to enjoy but rather pray seriously?
Hold it! Guess you got to rethink! This is what the voices of Gujarat announce. And it is this beauty of Somnath that drives them to say so.
Located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, Somnath is one of the richest temples in every genre you could ever imagine, in India. Retaining our enormous wealth wasn’t an easy task back then. Say it from the Greeks to the mughals, Somnath was invaded 17 times. Yet it survived the ravages of time and has managed to rebuild itself each time!
Not to forget, it’s the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. One thing I bet you surely wouldn’t know is that the huge Somnath temple known to people isn’t the actual Jyotirlinga, as presumed, but is just an unbelievably improved embodiment of the actual small temple or Jyotirlinga, that lies abreast.
The temple roof in the rising sun and the sea shore verging on to the temple, where you get eternal pleasure watching the waves hit the rocks, are another splendid display of its artistry. They depict the Chalukya Style of architecture, which has even shown that there is no land in a straight line between the sea shore until Antarctica.
It’s not just the popular temple that completes the picture. The various other attractions around Somnath would surely help pay off a day. The Laxminarayan temple, Triveni Sangam, Gita temple, Panch Pandav gufa, the Beach, Bhalka Teerth are a few to name. One interesting fact about Somnath you ought to notice is its collection of various types of cactus spread out everywhere. Another fantasy you can enjoy is to travel in ‘Tuktuk‘ aka the guj vehicle, that unusually cover the entire city!
Well apart from all these, the only thing you gotto worry about are the over active cows and camels waiting to eat your favourite stuff like the all time available corn in Somnath!
So what does the notion say now? That only the age old people are fortunate enough to experience such phenomenal scenic views filled with loads of inspiring history? What do you think?