Somnath Temple

The first temple of Somnath was built by Moon God himself. It was rebuilt by Maitraka Kings of Gujarat. This reconstructed edifice was destroyed by Arab governer of Sind in 725. The third temple was constructed by Prathihara King Nagabhata II

History Of The Temple

In 1024, Mahmud Ghazni destroyed the temple and took lots of precious jewels from this place. The Solanki king Bhima of Gujarat and Paramara King Bhoj of Malwa made plan and restructured the shrine during 1026-1042. The holy place was again erected with a stone structure by Kumarpal.

As a result, the pilgrim place was destroyed by Sultan of Delhi in 1297 and again in 1394. Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb attacked on the temple in the year 1706. The present monument was framed by Shree Somnath Trust in year 1995. Now, the Somnath Trust is the caretaker of this sanctified site.


The fascinating temple is a seven-storied structure and 155 feet tall. Fabricated in Chalukya style of architecture, the marvelous shrine reflects the architectural expertise of the Sompuras, who were the outstanding framer. The temple also has a kalash (pot vessel) of 10 tons on the topmost part. The flagpole on the apex is 37 feet long and is changed thrice in a day.