Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

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The Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor is located at Dakor, Gujarat. Famous for its Daknath Temple in the earlier times, Dakor is one of the foremost pilgrimage centres of India. This place is concentrated with the worship of Lord Shiva. Later it developed into a centre for Vaishnavites when Ranchodraiji, another avatar of Lord Krishna surfaced and the temple was built on 1772 A.D.


The Gujarat Government has recently included Dakor as one of the six pilgrimage places under “Yatradham Vikas Board”. Dakor is visited by hundreds and thousands of pilgrims every year and the number keeps on increasing due to its well-organised pilgrimage facilities.

The city of Dakor located in Kheda district of Gujarat is well known for its grand temple of Shri Ranchodraiji.

History of Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

The Dakor Ranchodraiji Temple is famous in Gujarat owing to its mythical history. According to legend, Bodana was a strong and ardent worshipper of Lord Krishna in his previous life. He lived in Gokulam as a cowherd named Vijayanand. One day when all cowherds worshipped Lord Krishna, Vijayanand did not and the Lord came to him asking to perform the puja. Realising his friends was Krishna, Bodana and the Lord engaged in a holy battle of colours. Suddenly the Lord fell into a river and Vijayanand went after him. The Lord revealed his true colours to him and Vijayanand asked forgiveness. Lord Krishna pleased by this granted him a boon that after 4200 years he will appear at Gujarat with his present wife Sudha.

It is said that Vijayanand would go to Dwarka to worship Lord Krishna once every six months and also took a basil plant (Tulsi) with him. He did this continuously until he was 72 years old. Lord Krishna pleased, asked him to bring a bullock-cart with him so that he would accompany him to Dakor. The priest of Dwarka asked why he had brought a bullock-cart. Bodana replied that he had come to take away Lord Krishna. At this they closed the Dwarka temple. That night Lord Krishna broke the wall of the garbha griha and asked Bodana to take him away.

Seeing the missing image of Lord Krishna the priests came to Dakor. Bodana was anxious and Lord Krishna told him to hide the idol of the deity in the Gomati tank. They got angry and threw  spears at him He died falling down .While hurting Bodana with a spear it also hurt the image of the deity hidden in the Gomti tank and the water turned red with Lord Krishna’s (Ranchhodraiji’s) blood. The Guglis were disappointed but the lord mercifully directed that they would find, after six months an exact replica of the idol in Sevaradhan Vav (well with steps) at Dwarka. The impatient Guglis looked for the idol earlier than they were told to and, found a smaller idol of the Lord. This Indian temple was constructed by Gopalrao Jagannath Tambwekar in 1772 A.D.

Significance of Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

The temple has a beautiful structure that bespeaks of traditionalism. It has an enlarged square complex. Its height is raised by 168 feet by 151 feet with 12 stone steps on each side. Surrounding it there is a serene spacious courtyard. On the banks of the Lake Gomathi is situated the temple main gate.

Lord Ranchhodrai’s form is of Lord Vishnu with four arms. Lord Vishnu bears the conch, the lotus, the discus and the mace in his hands. The lower right arm is the posture of abhaya mudra which gives protection to all those who come to him. There is a lotus imprinted on the hand. His right hand is used to hold the flute. During festivals, the hands of the Lord  are encased in gloves of gold embellished with gems. It is one of the most ethnically significant temples of Gujarat.

Ranchodraiji Temple Timings – Rituals and Poojas

  • The temple opens around 6 a.m. in the morning and closes around 12 in the afternoon.
  • There are in between this time 5 darshans- Mangalabhog, Balbhog, Srinagarbhog, Gwalbhog and Rajbhog. Artis are performed at regular intervals during these.
  • The temple reopens around 4 p.m. in the afternoon and closes at 7 p.m.
  • During this time there are again 3 bhogs- the Usthapanbhog, Shyanbhog and Shakhdibhog.
  • During full-moon days the darshan timings are different which are told beforehand by the temple authorities.
  • The Bhog or Prasad after being offered to the Lord is distributed by the priests among the pilgrims and the devotees.

Festivals Celebrated at Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

  • Approximately 35 festivals are celebrated at Dakor temple. Main ones being the Kartik, Falgun, Chaitra and Ashwin Purnimas. Over 1 lakh devotees visit the shrine.
  • Annakoot is celebrated on the first day of the year. At this festival, the largest amount of sweets and food perparation are offered to Shri Ranchhodraiji.
  • Vaishnava festivals celebrated are the Holi, Amalaka Ekadashi, Janmashtami, Nand Mahotsav, Rathyatra and Dashera. During these festivals the idol of Krishna is taken in procession on an elephant. Ardent devotees play music along the rhythm.

How to Reach Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

  • By air: several domestic airplanes connecting Ahmedabad to Delhi, Bombay, Daman, Pune are available.
  • By rail: It is on the Anand Godhra broad-gauge railway line and so is connected to Nadiad and Godhra by a state highway. So if you are aviling trains they are easily available.
  • By road: if you take the road then the State Transport Bus services connecting Dakor with Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Kapadwanj, Baroda, Bombay and other major cities are available on a regular basis.

Hotels near Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

  • Hotel Arizona Inn on AnandS road,Opp-S.R.Park ,is known for its luxurious rooms and well-suited accommodation. It is a pure vegetarian hotel.
  • Hotel Relax on 3rd floor, Hariba vyapar bhuvan, GPO road is another place that you may find nice to check in.

Places to Visit near Ranchodraiji Temple Dakor

  •  Once you are on your journey as a pilgrim, you might as well visit the Dwarkadhish temple at Dwarka. It is one of the four major pilgrimages for Hindus in India.
  • The Bhidbhanjan temple is a popular place to visit. It is a divine place to pay your visit to Lord Shiva and other Gods and Goddesses. It shows architecture made up of Western influences.

Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

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Lord Hanuman is one of the most adored Gods in Indian culture. He is known for his strength, loyalty and courage. He is called by the renowned name “Pawanaputra Hanuman” which means the “Son of the Wind God”. The reason Lord Hanuman is adored all over the country is for his loyalty toward Shri Ram and Sita Ma. There are numerous temples dedicated to him and Lord Ram his Brother Laxman all over India. Out of them the Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar, Gujarat is world famous for its spectacular design.
The temple has earned its place at the Guinness Book of World Records because of its constant chanting of ‘Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’. This chanting started at the very hour it was consecrated by late sant Prembhikshuji Maharaj. This chanting is being continued since August 1, 1964. Recently this “Ram Dhun” completed 52 years and has been in the news ever since.
It is believed to be one of the oldest temples built in Jamnagar. It is located on the south-eastern part of the Ramnal Lake. This temple is acclaimed throughout India to be an amazing place to visit and experience the soothing melody of the “Ram Dun” chants sung constantly by its devotees.

Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

History of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

Hundreds of thousands of people undertake pilgrimage tours to the temple every year.
The Bala Hanuman temple was established by Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj in the years 1963-64. Jamnagar has been given the name “Choti Kaashi” and here resides this beautiful temple. In many places the “ram dhun” is chanted in the name of Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj. This temple is one of the oldest built by him.
The temple was built following a simple structure. Jamnagar itself has an intriguing history that dates back to 1540 A.D. The history of the temple and that of Jamnagar are interconnected. Jamnagar is often termed as “Nawanagar” which means “new city”. It was built by Shri Jam Raval. Jam Raval was a descendant of Jam Halla who was one of the heirs of Lord Krishna. Jamnagar has many temples like Sidhnath Mahadev Temple, Bhid Bhnajan temple, Khileswar Temple and many others. This city beautifully designed with well built roads and intricate gardens was once called the “Jewel of Kathiyawad”.
Shri Prembhikshuji became a sannyasin. He started the tradition of Akhand ( non-stop) chanting of Ram Nama at Jamnagar and then gradually spread this tradition at Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagadh and other places.
The Bala Hanuman temple venerated a lot of devotion throughout the years. It’s atmosphere of purity and sancity attracts pilgrims all over the world.

Significance of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

The epic of Ramayana says that Lord Hanuman was a devoted disciple to Shri Ram. His great deeds of rescuing Sita Mata from the clutches of Raavana and then helping Lord Ram in the battle against Lanka is amazing to read. Such great deeds have led to the constant chanting of the “Ram Dhun” that captivates all devotees visiting the place. This relentless chanting has made the temple pure with peace and devotion.
The temple complex is located on the periphery of Jamnagar’s central lake. The non-stop chant is played out by priests and devotees. Here the depth of faith and religiosity are very moving. The temple remains open throughout the night so that those who want to contribute to the good work can do so at any point of time.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Ram-Laxman and Janakji. Their idols are situated in the middle and Hanuman Ji resides on one side. There is also a big framed photo of Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj on the second side.
The architecture of the temple is moderately modern. It is built on the south-eastern portion of the Ramnal lake. The temple’s structure portrays intricate architecture that is composed of ethnically designed pillars and amazing carvings. There is also a common saying that goes around the area that the temple has survived through natural calamities like cyclones, earthquakes and even cross border invasions.

Timings of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

  • The Mangla darshan takes place on Sundays at 6:00 a.m.
  • The Shangar Darshan takes place on Mondays at 6:30 a.m
  • The Mangala arti takes place on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m.
  • Distribution of the Raj Bhog is done on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m
  • Utthapan happens on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.
  • Sandhya arti takes place on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Shayan Darshan takes place on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m.

Rituals at Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar

The Arti (daily worship) takes place in the mornings but it is the Akhand Ram Dhun that attracts devotees all over the world. This nonstop act of devotion can be witnessed to be at it’s peak during the evening. Devotees flock and contribute at this more enduring hours.

How to reach

  • By road: If you are taking transportation by road then there are plenty buses and rental cars available all over the area of Gujarat connecting to Jamnagar. The bus passes through the Bedi gate before reaching it’s stand so you can also get off at Bedi gate.
  • By air: Keshod airport is the nearest airport to Bala Hanuman temple. Also various domestic flights are available that connects Jamnagar to major cities like Mumbai.
  • By rail: Daily trains connecting Ahmedabad are easily available. The Hapa railway station is 28 km away that is often availed by people.

Places to Stay

  • The Hotel Regency at Pandit Nehru Marg, Valkeshwari is pretty reasonable place to stay. The place is well suited for its spacious rooms and delicious eatables.
  • Hotel Hanuman at Belgaum offers well suited accommodation. It welcomes bookings for its soothing atmosphere and advantageous position that helps to visit places well known nearby.
  • Another place to stay is Hotel Vraj Inn at Jamnagar. It is reviewed to have excellent services and impeccable room qualities.

Places to visit nearby

  • The Bhidbhanjan temple is a popular place to visit once you visit the Bala Hanuman temple at Jamnagar. It is a divine place to pay your visit to Lord Shiva and other Gods and Goddesses. It shows architecture made up of Western influences.
  • The Dwarkadhish temple is another place of worship and pilgrimage to pay a visit. Here one gets the darshan of Lord Dwarkadhish. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is known as Jagat Mandir. It has a peaceful atmosphere where divinity is achieved through peace offerings.
  • The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Indira Marg is another famous spot to visit. Here the management is said to be effective. The daily meal here is prepared in a hygienic atmosphere. People visit here often to see it’s wonderful structure and intricate workings.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Gujarat

The First Jyotirlinga – Nageshwar Temple

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Nageshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines mentioned in Shiva Purana. And Nageshwar is believed to be the first  and a self-existent “Jyotirlinga” i.e. shrine; in an underground sanctum. Located on the route between Dwarka city and Beyt Dwarka Island, this Shiva Temple lies on an island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The major attraction of this temple is a 25 meter tall statue of Lord Shiva who is seated and a large garden with a pond surrounding the statue.

Nageshwar Temple Gujarat

History of Nageshwar Temple

The story behind this temple is not just one. Two well known legends are attached to the existence of this numinous temple. They are as follows:

The first story goes hundered years back in Shiva Purana, about a demon couple named Daruka and Daruki. Now known as Dwarka (the city), was earlier denoted as “Darukavana” (forest in which this couple stayed) named after them. Daruka’s wife Daruki was a devotee of Goddess Parvati and was blessed by her. But, Daruka was a cruel demon with sadistic characteristic; who found joy in troubling folks around. One day he imprisoned an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva named as Supriya with several others. Daruka misused the blessings granted to him and tormented the local folks by one means or the other. While in captivity Supriya advised all others to enchant the mantra “Om Namaha Shivaye” loudly. She said this mantra has enough power to protect them all. Daruka came to know about this and in anger went to kill her; is when Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga from the earth. Though Shiva couldn’t kill the demon because of the blessings granted to him by his wife, Parvati he assured Supriya and all others that he would protect them all in the form of a linga.

According to another fable (believed to be narrated by the local folks), a group of dwarf sages known as “Balakhilyas” worshipped Lord Shiva in Darukavana for an extremely long time. To test their persistence as well devotion Lord Shiva came to them as a nude ascetic wearing only nagas i.e. serpents on his body. All the wives of the sages got attracted to him and went after them leaving behind their husbands. This action made all the sages livid and made them curse the ascetic to lose his linga. The Shiva linga fell on earth and the whole earth trembled. Then appeared Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma who requested him to save the planet from getting destroyed and to take back his linga. After consoling the sages, Lord Shiva took back his linga and promised his divine presence in the form of jyotirlinga in Darukavana forever.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

Nageshwar Temple Timings

  • Morning darshan timings for the devotees are from 6 am onwards.
  • The devotees can have the perks of attending the “Sringar Darshan” at 4 pm.
  • Depending upon the season, the Shayan Aarti i.e. the evening prayers are usually conducted at 7 pm.
  • The temple closes at 9 pm.

Significance of Nageshwar Temple

  • It is believed to be the first shrine of all the Jyotirlingas.
  • This powerful Jyotirlinga is believed to protect the devotees from all kinds of poison. It is believed that one who prays to the lord becomes free of poison i.e.negativities.
  • The lingam at Nageshwar is unique as it is made from a stone popularly known as the Dwarka Stone, which has tiny wheel imprints on it.
  • The lingam is shaped like that of a three faced oval rudrakshara, which means the tears of Shiva.
  • The Rudra Samhita shloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ′Daarukaavane Naagesham′.
  • Nageshwar Mahadev Sivalingam is facing South while the Gomugam is facing east. There is a story behind this position. A devotee named asNaamdev was singing bhajans in front of the Lord, this when the other devotees asked him to stand aside and not hide the Lord. To this Naamdev asked them to suggest one direction in which the Lord does not exist, hence he can then stand there.  The infuriated devotees carried him and left him on the south. To their astonishment, they found that the Linga was now facing South with the Gomugam facing east.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

Pooja’s and Rituals at Nageshwar Temple

There are various poojas performed at Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and have different charges for it.

Rudraabhishek, the pooja conducted when Shiva is in it’s rudra (angry) form. The Shiva Linga is washed with water which continuously keeps pouring over it through a vessel along with continuous chanting of mantras.

Dudhabhishek, the pooja in which the Shiva Linga is washed with the continuous pouring of milk and enchanting of mantras.

There are various other forms of abhishekam and poojas known as rudrabhishek with bhog, ek somvar (one Monday), chaar somvaar (four Mondays), Laghurudra and Shravan

Festivals Celebrated at Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat

As the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mahashivratri is the main festival celebrated here. During this festival the lingam is decorated with flowers and abhishek is conducted with milk. There is a special pooja which is conducted and the mantras are enchanted all day round continuously.

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How to Reach Nageshwar Temple

By Air- The nearest airport is that of Jamnagar which is 137 kms.

By Rail- Dwarka is a station on the Okha-Ahmedabad broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to

  • Jamnagar- 137 kms
  • Rajkot- 217kms
  • Ahmedabad- 471 kms
  • There are trains which even connect the way down to south through Vadodra, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala.

By Road- There are direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad


There are various places to accommodate you comfortably within a reasonable budget. A few of them are-

Hotel Guruprerna, Hotel Meera, Hotel Damji. Hotel Dwarka Residency and Hotel Gomti.

Where to Eat

The best places nearby to satiate your hunger would be Charmi Restaurant and Hotel Prasad.

Nearby Temples

Rukshmani Mandir – Rukshamanee/ Rukshmani Mandir is an important place of pilgrimage and is dedicated to the most adored consort of Krishna, Devi Rukmini. A masterpiece in artistic terms, this temple has embellished walls and carvings which are treat for one’s eyes. The rich paintings on the walls of this 12th century temple portray Rukmini’s times spent with her husband. This temple is located in the main city of Dwarka.

Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple – Located at a distance of 18.2 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, the temple is dedicated to Lord Chandra Mouliswar Shiva. The temple is located on the hillock on the sea. During high tide the temple gets surrounded by water and a fair takes place here every year on the day of Mahashivratri.

Shree Dwarkadish Temple – Also known as the Jagat Mandir this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna also known as the “King of Dwarka”. Located at a distance of 17.3 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga it consists of 5 storied building, 72 pillars and this temple is said to be 2,200 years old. It is considered to be a Pushtimarg temple, therefore it follows the guidelines and rituals created by Shree Vallabhacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji.

Gomti Ghat Temples Gomati Ghat in Gujarat has plentiful of temples that are devoted to Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Sudama, who was Lord Krishna’s closest friend. The temples around this ghat present an unimpeachable view and a pictorial of the River Gomati which has been worshipped by people for 100 years. To get a glimpse of Dwarka, one can hire a boat and sail across the river. The Gomati Ghat Temples are located just at the entrance of the Dwarkadeesh temple. It is this place where River Gomati meets the vast sea. There are many small temples which have shrines also.


Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple (Gandhinagar) in Gujarat

India is a major tourist destination owing to its rich culture and heritage. From exotic beaches to wild jungles and golden deserts, there’s lot to explore once you travel to this sub-continent. And each part of India is different from the other. For example, when you visit Gujarat, you will definitely explore the great historical places and the religious destinations. Gujarat lies on the western side of the sub-continent and one of the most prominent places of worship in this state can be referred to the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. It is a specimen of traditional stone work, ancient wisdom and the best of contemporary technology that speaks volumes about the cultural heritage of India. It is a magnificent shrine that is located in the heart of Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and inspired by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The Akshardham shrine is actually a miracle created by the sacrifice of thousands of artists and volunteers. In fact, there are more than 2 million visitors who visit this shrine every year. In fact, most of the people who travel to Gujarat make it a point to pay a visit to this famous place of worship. And when you visit this temple, you are not just a tourist or a traveler but you will be an artist who will discover the art of sculpting oneself from within.

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Akshardham History

  • The internationally famous Swaminarayan Akshardham temple was established on 2nd November 1992. The credit for laying the foundation of this place of worship goes to the Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).
  • Akshardham temple describes the concept of Man-making. The devotee’s belief that only an individual can shape his own life and become sensible in the true sense. To project this belief, architecture along with literature, music and hi-tech equipment have been used with extreme care and passion to make it distinct. The success of the shrine lies in the fact that it turns an individual into a Man.
  • The monument symbolizes tremendous human effort that has gone into its formation. Another aspect being that the leader has inspired many devotees through his teachings. Pramukh Swami Maharaj has created a rare mixture that comprises of the monument and the selflessness of the Guru and the disciples which draw people from every corner of the world.
  • The creation of this incredible Akshardham temple is a remarkable event in the history of India.

Significance of the Akshardham Temple

  • The inauguration ritual of the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple coincided with the centenary celebrations of Yogiji Maharaj and was conducted by Pramukh Swami Maharaj only.
  • Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar is minutely carved coupled with a striking monument of 6000 tons of pink sandstone soaked with religious stillness.
  • This whole structure was built without using steel in order to increase the maximum longevity of the architecture.
  • There is a 7 feet gold leafed idol of Lord Swaminarayan and his holy ruins. In addition, there are three exhibitions on Indian culture with light and sound shows.
  • Akshardham temple is built at a height of 108 feet and is 240 feet in length, 131 feet in breadth. In addition, the porch around the monument measures 1751 feet (534 meters) in length alone.
  • It is only after investing 13 laborious years that the architecture of this beautiful temple was completed. In addition, it is the skilled artisans of Bansipahadpur who had done the minute carvings of the auspicious shrine.
  • One of the significant factors about this shrine is that it has its own research centre known as, Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony (AARSH). This center aims at using knowledge of the past, concentrating on the present pattern and masterminding conceivable answers for the future.
  • The research facility is equipped with an extensive library, study stations, and archives. However, it is only open to enlisted scholars who receive the benefits.
  • The first floor of the temple comprises of a museum, which has a collection and a gallery of over 500 ‘parahansas’. Some other items which are displayed here are the letter to the guru of Swaminarayan Ramanand, an art object from an old tree from Chapaya, the shawl used by Swaminarayan and an image of the Lord seated on a horse.
  • The galleries present on the external side serve as the venue for the artistic exhibition and also paves a way for Chez Intervasion shows, audio-visuals, multi-media and the works of Lord Swaminarayan from the Hindu epics.
  • The temple has three permanent exhibition halls inside the complex, which was started with the aim of educating masses on issues regarding religion and BAPS movement.
  • The garden surrounding the sanctum sanctorum is known as Sahajanand Van or the first hall and represents a unique intermingling of reflective garden and children’s park.
  • The second hall or the Sat-Chit-Anand of this place of worship holds the exhibition in a 14-screen multimedia representation. Besides it also contains the ‘Tunnel of Mirrors’ that stands for a glass mosaic and a dancing musical fountain.
  • The third hall of this holy place has many fiberglass models that represent various memos from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Upanishads. An audio-animatronics show portraying various messages from Mahabharata and an exhibition of ‘Harmony of world religions’ are some of the major attractions of this exhibition.
  • Photography and making videos are strictly prohibited in this temple.
  • It was on September 24, 2002, that two armed terrorists attacked this temple killing 33 people and around 70 individuals were injured. The Indian National Security Guard killed both the terrorists and the temple opened after 14 days of the attack.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Timings

  • Akshardham Temple remains open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.
  • Mondays remain closed.
  • The night lighting shows takes place on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Exhibitions start at 10 A.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Food Timings

  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any food inside the temple premises.
  • Premvati Refreshments at Sahajanand Van provides fresh vegetarian food and snacks to tourists. A tourist can relish the unique taste of the traditional Gujarati dishes here and one can also book meals in advance.
  • The restaurant is open from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Festivals celebrated at the Akshardham Temple

  • Annakut Utsav is celebrated with great pomp in this temple. It is observed soon after Diwali and Annakut which refers to a huge amount of food comprising fruits, salads, pulses and juices are offered to the Lord. Around 2550 food items are offered to the deity. This food is later distributed among the pilgrims.
  • Diwali or the festival of lights is another festival that fetches pilgrims from across the nation. The temple is illuminated with lights which pave the way for a spectacular sight.

Poojas and Rituals at Akshardham Temple

  • The Aarti takes place twice daily especially during the morning and the evening.
  • The deity is bathed with holy water and is offered food thereafter.
  • There are special poojas that are organized during special occasions like the birthday of Lord Swaminarayan, Annakut Utsav etc.

How to Reach: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By Air– For people looking to travel to flight, the nearest airport to reach this temple is situated in Ahmedabad. This is well connected to every major city in India and in order to reach the temple, you need to hire a taxi from the Ahmedabad airport.
  • By Train– A devotee can reach this temple by train as well. This auspicious place of worship is located at a distance of 2 km from Gandhinagar railway station and 31 km from Ahmedabad railway station.
  • By Road– Akshardham is located at the heart of one of the greenest cities in the world –Gandhinagar that is situated on National Highway 8c. Hence, Akshardham is easily accessible from every location like 25 km from Ahmedabad, 150 km from Vadodara, 230 km from Udaipur, 190 km from Mt Abu and 604 km from Jaipur. There are many special buses and cars that are provided by the tourism department, government authorities and private services.

Hotels in Gujarat: Where to stay

Gujarat welcomes people of all religion and culture with equal warmth and hospitality. No matter what your budget is, you can be rest assured to find a suitable room in Gujarat with equal ease and comfort. While individuals traveling alone can opt for dormitories, pilgrims visiting this auspicious shrine can look for hotels. And if you are ready to splurge on luxury, then choose to spend your nights with five-star accommodations. These high-end hotels also offer complimentary breakfast as well. And some of the hotels also have their own private restaurants for their dwellers. These hotels are equipped with all the modern facilities to meet the needs of a contemporary traveler. Also, one can enjoy good discounts coupled with an attractive price if you book a room in advance.

Where to eat

Gujarati food is loved and cherished by people from all parts of India. A typical Gujarati Thali comprises of rice, chapatti, dal, vegetables, pickle, curd and papad. The food in this style is prepared by following a proper hygiene and fewer spices. Some of the special snacks that are exclusive to Gujarat include dhokla, khandvi; and sweets like basundi which are famous for its taste.

A traveler can either opt to try the local cuisine from various food joints that are spread around the city or can look for fine dining options. The food is moderately priced and is mostly vegetarian in nature. However, there are few nonvegetarian eateries as well that offers international flavors too.

Nearby Temples

  • The Adalaj Trimandir– This temple has been built with an area of 40, 175 sq ft with the temple podium being 20,895 sq ft. There is a beautiful fountain at the center of the lush green field. The Satsang Hall is of 31,861 sq ft and the shrine is equipped with an informative museum and mini-theatre on Gnani Purush Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, around whom the Trimandir is built. Idols from Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism are present within this temple. The center of the temple houses idol of Lord Shree Simandhar Swami, which measures 155 inches, and is made entirely of marble.
  • The Mahudi Jain Temple– Mahudi Tirth is a famous Jain temple and the place was earlier called as Madhumanti or Madhupuri. The main idol of Bhagwan Pradaprabhu was established in 1974 by Acharya Dev Sri Buddisagarsurisvar. He had also installed the idol of Sri Ghantakarna Mahavir on 1980 Vikram era. The Prasad is also known as ‘Sukhadi’ and consists of jaggery, wheat flour, and pure ghee. The pilgrims need to eat the Prasad within the temple premises and are prohibited from carrying it outside. It is open from 5.A.M. to 9 P.M.
  • The Vaishno Devi Temple– Being modeled on the Vaishno Devi temple located at Srinagar, this holy place is situated on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway in Gujarat. Thousands of devotees visit this place during Navaratri and offers fruits, rice, coconut and clothes to the deity.
  • The Vardayni Mata Temple– This is another popular temple that is located in Rupal village of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. The temple is located in the middle of the village. The Ghee Festival of Palli is very famous and stands at 28 spots in the village. Every stand has tons of Pure Ghee or Clarified Butter kept ready to pour on the “Palli” (Ratha). This ghee is donated by pilgrims who visit this holy place throughout the year.
  • Sri Kotyark Khadayata Temple– Khadayata refers to the business community among the Hindus and this temple sees countless pilgrims visiting the shrine all around the year. It is another destination that tourists can visit with joy and delight.

Jalaram Bapa

Jalaram Bapa Mandir – Virpur in Gujarat

Gujarat is counted among the well-developed states in India. Being on the western side of the sub-continent, it is also called as the Milk City of India. Apart from its handicrafts and a busy commercial center, this state is also home to the internationally famous Jalaram Bapa Mandir.

This renowned temple is located at Virpur in Gujarat which is a small village with a distance of 52 km from Rajkot. This place has become famous owing to the birth of Sri Jalaram Bapa, a much-revered saint. There have been many events that had happened in this saint’s life at Virpur and people from all around the world come to visit this holy shrine. Apart from visiting this place, tourists also want to see the ‘Jholi’ and ‘Danda’ that were believed to have been given by God to Virbhai Maa and the original Hanumanji’s idol. The native’s believe that Bapa is always with them and if one wants to feel him with a pure heart, then the presence of Bapa will be definitely felt by a follower.

Jalaram Bapa

Jalaram Bapa History

  • Jalaram Pradhan Thakar’ or Jalaram Bapa was born in Virpur, near Rajkot in Gujarat on 14th November 1799 to his father Pradhan Thakkar and mother Rajbai Thakkar. His mother was very fond of saints and sadhus and no saint could go from Virpur without receiving the hospitality of Rajbai.
  • Saint Raghuvirdasji had told Bapa’s mother, Rajbai Thakkar that her son would become a famous person preaching the importance of duty, devotion and good actions. Being a very religious lady herself, Bapa learned to respect, patience, self-sacrifice, duty and grace from his mother.
  • When Bapa was young, a visit from a saint was recognized as from his previous life and little Jalaram was spiritually inspired and started to chant ‘Sita Ram’ rhymes and devoted his life to the God.
  • Jalaram married Virbhai, daughter of Thakkar Pragji Somaija at the age of sixteen. Although he was reluctant, his wife extended her support in his work for the poor. At the age of eighteen, he set out for a holy pilgrimage with his wife and had accepted Bhojalaram. Bapa’s guru had started ‘Sadavrat’ which is a place where every poor will be provided with free food. Both of them worked hard on the field to grow grains and one day when they were run out of stock for grains, Virbhai was happy to sell her wedding jewelry in order to provide food for the pilgrims.
  • Haraji was a tailor who was suffering from acute stomach pain and eventually came to Bapa for a cure. The great saint prayed and cured his disease. The tailor was surprised and fell at Bapa’s feet addressing him as ‘Bapa’. It is then that people started calling him as Jalaram Bapa. Devotees irrespective of their religion became his disciples.
  • Lord Rama disguised himself as an old man and appeared before Jalaram Bapa. He complained of his age and wanted someone to look after him. Bapa sent for his wife who gladly accompanied the old man on his journey. The two travelers came to a river and the old man gave a stick and a bag to Virbhai to hold. Soon, Lord Rama disappeared and Jalaram could hear a voice back home saying him that he can fetch his wife as it was Lord Rama who wanted to test his goodness. This stick and the bag are still on display in the Jalarambapa Ashram in Virpur.
  • Devotee’s belief that the food given by Bapa to the pilgrims reaches the doors of heaven. In fact till today, there are thousands of visitors who are provided free food in this temple and it never runs out of stock.

Significance of the Jalaram Bapa Temple

  • In 1978, the Jalaram Bapa Temple on the Dharmaj-Tarapur highway was built.
  • The auspicious Sri Jalaram Bapa shrine comprises of the actual house complex where this great saint lived during his lifetime.
  • There are many belongings of Jalaram Bapa, most important being the deities of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman that were worshiped by him.
  • The main attraction of this place of worship is the portrait of Jalaram Bapa. Pilgrims can see a black and white picture of Bapa that has been taken one year before his death.
  • The idol of Jalaram Bapa is displayed as a smiling man holding a dandaand wearing often a white turban and a white dhoti-kurta.
  • One of the most distinguishing factors of this temple refers to the fact that it does not accept any offerings from February 9, 2000. This is the world’s first temple to not accept any money.
  • Jalaram Bapa had adopted his daughter i.e. Jamnaben’s grandson, Harirambahi to be his direct descendant. Giridhar Bapa and now his son Jaisukhram Bapa are now in charge of this popular shrine of Gujarat.
  • The ‘Samadhi’ of Sri Jalaram Bapa lies at the feet of Lord Sri Ram Chandra. This had entranced just on the Left side of the Big Gate of the ‘Dela’.
  • The “Jholi-Danda” is duly preserved in a transparent cupboard and Sri Hanumanji’s idol is also kept near the ‘Samadhi’ as well.
  • The Temple has two trusts that function on a daily basis. The ‘Jalaram Satsang Seva Mandal’ is responsible for looking out for all aspects relating to the temple like maintenance of the Mandir, Atithi Griha, and Gaushala. The ‘Shree Jalaram Janseva Trust’ on the other hand handles services relating to education, healthcare, rehabilitation and water plant.
  • Shree Dr. Rasikbhai V. Patel is the President for both the trusts.
  • This temple has three giant copper pots which were given by the Goddess Ganga duly filled with the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. The water from these pots never dries up and there has been no instance of a person getting sick from drinking this water.
  • Additionally, the King of the Dhrangdhra provided a pair of large wheels to Sri Jalaram Bapa for grinding the wheat in the temple.

Jalaram Bapa Temple Timings

  • A pilgrim can visit this temple either during the day or in the evening.
  • The gates are open from 7 A.M. to 12 P.M.
  • It again reopens at 4 P.M. and finally closes at 8:30 P.M.

Jalaram Bapa Temple Food Timings

  • This famous pilgrimage destination is popular for charity and feeding the poor and needy people. Food is offered to people after 12 P.M. and around 8 P.M.
  • This temple has seen no visitor returning home without food. Devotees are provided with Prasad twice in a day without any cost.
  • Every person in this ‘Darbar of God’ irrespective of him being rich or poor is treated as equal. They are also offered the same Prasad when they sit in the same row.
  • The Prasad comprises of ‘Ganthiya’, ‘Bundi’ and ‘Sabji’ in the morning and ‘Khichadi-Kadi’ and ‘Deshi Ghee’ in the evening.
  • The food is served in a traditional dish of leaves.

Festivals celebrated at the Jalaram Bapa Temple

  • Jalaram Jayanti is the most important festival that is observed in this temple. On the 7th day Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Kartika, this celebration is enjoyed by the pilgrims. Thousands of devotees from various parts of the world gather on this occasion at Virpur and pay their respect to the saint. This festival is celebrated here on the 7th day after Diwali. A huge fair is organized to mark this occasion and followers from across various parts of the country offer pooja at the various temples of Jalaram Bapa that are built across India.
  • Makar Sankranti is another huge festival that is celebrated in this temple on 14th January every year.
  • Pilgrims also gather to pray in this temple on a yearly basis to mark the death anniversary of Sri Jalaram Bapa who died on 23rd February 1881.
  • Some other festivals that are observed here with much pomp and enthusiasm consist of Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Janmashtami, Diwali and Maha Shivaratri.

Poojas and Rituals at Jalaram Bapa Mandir

  • Aarti and Bhajan are regularly held in this temple airing both morning and evening.
  • While the Mangla Aarti begins at 7:30 A.M, the Shangar Aarti is performed at 9 A.M and the
    Sandhya Aarti is completed at 7:30 P.M.
  • On every Sunday from 4 P.M. to 5:30 P.M, the reading of Sundar Kand (from Ramayana) takes place.
  • A pilgrim can contribute Rs 251 and host the arrangement of Sri Satyanarayan Bhagwan’s Katha on every Purnima or full moon day from 8 P.M.
  • One can hear bhajans that are held after Aarti every month.
  • There are many eminent saints and kathakars who talk about spiritual lectures and preaching’s during festivals that are commemorated by people in this temple.

How to Reach: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By Air– Rajkot is the nearest airport which connects Virpur with all the leading cities in India. There are many direct flights available and pilgrims can take an auto-rickshaw from the airport to reach the famous shrine.
  • By Train– The Rajkot Junction is well connected with different towns of Gujarat and cities in India. It is almost 6 km away from the Teen Batti triple gateway and is a junction on the Western Railway Ahmedabad-Hapa broad gauge line. There are many express trains that are available from this station.
  • By Road– A tourist can reach Rajkot by traveling through road as well. It has good transportation system with all the neighboring states. There are many State buses that fly from Rajkot to different parts of Gujarat. The ST bus stand is 2 km, west of Bedi Gate on the other side of Ranmal Lake. One can hire an auto rickshaw to take a glimpse of the city’s culture. In addition, one can travel through private buses too.

Hotels in Gujarat: Where to stay

Gujarat is a vibrant place and it offers an array of opportunities when it comes to choosing one’s accommodation. Whatever be your budget, this place has the right room to suit the needs of all travelers. If you want to save up on your expenses, you can opt for single rooms and dormitories. But for people looking to stay with family can choose from double to triple and four bedded rooms. Moreover, some prominent hotels have their own exclusive restaurants as well.

A tourist can book a room well in advance to avoid any disappointments. One can also avail the free pick up and drop facilities that are provided to the guests without incurring any extra charges. In addition, the hotels also have air conditioned rooms and all the modern amenities like Wi-Fi etc to suit the requirement of a contemporary voyager.

Where to eat

Gujarat offers a lot of options to explore when it comes to fulfilling your appetite. The traditional food is vegetarian in nature and is rich in nutrition. Mostly, the Gujarati Thali comprises of rice, roti, dal, sabzi and sweets. There are many famous restaurants in the city which offer fine dining options at a competitive price range. The local eating joints also offer fantastic delicacies at lesser costs.

Some of the must-have dishes that a traveler needs to taste refer to Khaman, Dhokla, Puranpoli, Shrikhand, Farsi Falafel, Khakra, Muthia and Meethi Kadhi. However, alcohol is banned here and is not served at restaurants.

Nearby Temples

Apart from the famous Jalaram Bapa Mandir, there are some religious places in Virpur that tourists can pay a visit to. These consist of:

  • Virpara Nath Mandir– Every tourist who visits Jalaram Bapa definitely pays a visit to this shrine too. Sadhus sing hymes during the evening in this temple premises.
  • Samadhi of Jalaram Bapa– It is a sacred place of worship as devotees come to pay their respect to Jalaram Bapa here. After Bapa passed away, he was laid to rest here.
  • Samadhi of Jetha Bapa- This is an another famous shrine that stands close to the Jalaram Bapa Mandir. Theere are many pilgrims who visit the samadhi and seek blessings from Jetha Bapa.
  • Virbhai Maa Mandir at Triveni Sangam– It is a temple that is dedicated to Virbhai and celebrates the commitment and sacrifice provided by Virbhai.
  • Khodiyar Mandir at Mavatar Vridhdharshram-  Being located in Mavatar Vridhdharshram, this mandir is highly popular and considered sacred among the natives.
  • Gala vada Hanuman– It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and worships his strength and commitment to Lord Ram.
Sarangpur Hanuman Temple

Sarangpur Hanuman

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple : Place to get rid of Evils

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple Video 

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is one of the sacred and holy temples in Swaminarayan Sampraday which is created by guru Swaminarayan. It is situated in Sarangpur village of Ahmedabad district in Gujarat. There are thousands of hanuman temples all over the country and Lord Hanuman’s is always kept in the temples of Lord Ram and Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman, the presiding deity of the temple is revered in the form of Kastbhanjan i.e. remover of sorrows. Sarangpur also known as Salangpur houses the only Swaminarayan temple enshrining Hanuman as its chief deity. Sarang in Gujarati means Peacock. The Hanuman Darshan statue at the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is a figure handlebar moustache, crushing a woman demon under his foot, that is standing among sculpted flora full of fruit bearing monkey followers. Tuesday and Saturday are devoted to Hanumanji, it is designated day for a special ritualistic for those affected by mental illness, stress and other disorder.

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple History

  • Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is considered to be very powerful, the people who are affected by evil spirits will drive the spirits away by a single mere look. This was due to the blessing of Gopalanand Swami to Vagha Khachar, who invoked Hanumanji with his wand, to be ever present in the idol to drive out such evils. Vagha Khachar was helped by the Swami with this blessings and due to this, there were different saints and devotees served by this.
  • And therefore, the income of the Swami diminished gradually. So he decided to install the idol of hanuman that provided him the strong source of money and he continued his service to saints and devotees. After some time, he decided to dedicate the income to the temple. Till today number of devotees come to the Lord Hanuman to get rid of their problems and to attain blessings.
  • As the idol of the Lord Hanuman in the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple was installed by Gopalanand Swami, there are the records of the writer named Raymond Williams. While installing the idol Swami touched the idol with the rod that enthused the life into it and made it move. Now this rod has been cover in silver color. This tale has to turn into a chartered for the healing ritual performed at this Sarangpur Hanuman Temple.
  • In 1899, Kothari Gordhandas of Vadtal appointed Shastri Yagnapurushdas to manage the affairs of the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple. Shastri Yagnapurushdas renovated the site, build adjacent bungalow and also acquired more land for the complex to bring it to its current state.

Significance of the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple

  • During darshan, one will come out via the famous well whose water is considered very holy. It is a belief that the statue of Lord Hanuman was found in this well before about 350 years and the temple was constructed at the same place.
  • Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is famous around the world for expelling spirits and Ghosts from people plagued with such problems.Hundreds come to Sarangpur at the feet of Hanumanji Maharaj to be rid of such problems. The priests perform this puja vidhi near the well of the temple. It takes around a couple of hours to do this procedure. It is required to reach in the early morning if you are interested in such vidhi. A large number of people in India make it a point to begin their work only after visiting Shri Hanumanji and offering the documents at his feet. They visit every Saturdays to offer Puja and Prasad without fail.
  • Psychological disorders or the adverse affect of witchery can be eliminated from the body of the sufferer on Saturday since it is the day when appeased deity breaks the bondage of witch-craft and brings heal to the sufferer. The affected or inflicted person in the grip of the evil spirit is ordained to circumambulate the shrine a number of times for getting rid of the impact of witchery permanently while taking the special oath and reciting the Swaminarayan Mahamantra.

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple Timings

  • Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon and from 3 pm to 9 pm everyday.
  • There is a Mangla Aarti that is performed at the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple in the morning at 5:30 AM.
  • There is a special Shangar Aarti that is performed on every Tuesdays and Saturdays at 7.00 AM.
  • Rajbhog is performed from 10.30 AM to 11.AM and the darshan are closed for it.
  • The evening aarti is performed depending upon the sunsets evening timings followed by Thal for 30 minutes.

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple Food Timings

Food is served free to all visitors at the temple’s dining room. This dining room is run by the temple’s trust as well as the Swaminarayana temple located in the same complex. Around 5,000 people take prasad in the form of lunch daily. On donations to the temple, one is given prasad in the form of sukhdis which is a Gujarati sweet.

Festivals celebrated at Sarangpur Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Jayanti Mahotsav: Hanumath Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and spirit among the devotees of Lord Hanuman. Devotees from all over the country visit the temple to offer the prayers and to perform the rituals. The devotees visit temples and apply tilaka of sindoor to their foreheads from Hanuman’s idol as Hanuman. The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra

Sundar Kand: Sundar Kand is celebrated in the month of October or November. It is a book that depicts the adventures of Hanuman. Sundara Kanda is the only chapter of the Ramayana in which the hero is not Rama, but rather Hanuman. This lesson is recited by religious Hindus, preferably on Tuesdays or Saturdays, these days having been earmarked for special prayers to Hanuman.

Holi: Holi is a two-day festival which starts on the Purnima. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi while the second day is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter. It is also identified as a festival that celebrated agriculture, commemorated good spring harvests, and the fertile land. Devotees arrive at the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple to celebrate this festival of colors.

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple – Poojas and Rituals

There are different pujas and rituals that are performed in the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple. Devotees are also instructed to chant the Swaminarayan Mahamantra while going around the Sarangpur Hanuman Temple.

Mangla Aarti: The word Mangla means auspiciousness.  “Jai Kapi Balvanta” is the Aarti of Sarangpur Hanuman Temple. The Mangala Aarti or Aarti is done by waving a piece of lighted camphor in circles around an idol of God. The Deities offer the first darshan of the day, signifying the auspicious beginning of the day for devotees. It is performed early in the morning and devotees gather together to attend it.

Shangar Aarti: Shangar aarti is the aarti that is performed every Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning. Shangar means adornments. During this aarti, the Deities are dressed and adorned.

Rajbhog Aarti: During the rajbhog aarti, the darshan is closed for the devotees. The deities are offered with the royal offerings of the midday meal.

Sandhya Aarti: This aarti is performed during the evening depending upon the timings of the sunset. Devotees gather to seek the darshan of the deity and offer their prayers.

Shayan Aarti: After the Shayan Aarti, the darshan is closed for the devotees. It signifies that the Deities are about to retire for the night.

How to reach Sarangpur Hanuman Temple: Road, Rail, and Air

By Air: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad is the nearest airport. The distance between Ahmedabad to Hanuman Temple, Sarangpur is 159 km 903 mtrs. The distance and travel time would change accordingly and also as per the traffic and road conditions and it takes approximately 2 hrs and 40 mints to cover the distance.

By Train: The distance between Botad Railway Station to Sarangpur Hanuman Temple which is 73 km and 168 mtrs. It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 mints to cover the distance.

By Road: The Dhandhuka taluka (50 km) is well linked with all foremost towns and cities by road. There is also many bus stops situated at Sarangpur.

Hotels in Sarangpur Hanuman Temple: Where to stay

There are many hotels available to stay near the Sarangpur temple. There is also a Dharamshala near the temple. Some of them are:

  • Hotel Hilton:  GJ SH 36, Gujarat 382450
  • Hotel Parkland: Behind Swaminarayan Temple, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • Hotel Manila: Opposite Railway Station, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Hotel Samir: Ahead Cadila Railway Cross, GIDC Industrial Estate, Vatva Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Lakshmi Hotel: N H No.8, Opposite Mony Hotel, Isanpur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Shere Punjab Hotel: Sindhi Market, Under Railway Fly Over, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Tulsi Dining Hall: Near Patel Bhavan, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Prithvi Hotels Gujarat Private Limited: L G Corner, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Moscow Hotel:  Near Maninagar Post Office, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Hotel Marvellous Private Limited: Near Apsara Cinema, Kankaria, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Nearby Temples

Shiv Shakti Temple: This temple is situated at Abhapur where the principal deity of worship is Lord Shiva. There are images of Surya Dev and his consort Suryani in the temple and hence, this temple is also known as the Sun Temple. The temple situated on a low height hillock is an excellent example of Nagar shaily. This Sun Temple is unique with it a statue of Lord Shiva, which showing different moods on the face as per your elevation of viewing, this is “Chaturangi” type temple.

Shree Jagannath Temple: The Jagannath Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath. The annual chariot festival, the Rath Yatra, which is the second most important after the Ratha Yatra at Puri. The rath yatra entourage passes through different parts of the city of Ahmedabad covering a distance of about 14-km.

Bhadrakali Maa Temple: Bhadrakali Maa Temple is known as one of the oldest and ancient temple in Located inside Bhadra Fort, Near Lal Darwaja, in the Ahmedabad city, Gujarat. Bhadrakali Temple was built during the ruler of Mega city Ahmedabad namely Aazam Khan. The Bhadra fort once encompassed Approximately 12 gates, 189 bastions, and 6000 battlements.

Ayodhyapuram Jain Temple: The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Rishabh Dev, the first Jain Tirthankara. Shri Ayodhyapuram Teerth located at Gujarat is a Jain pilgrimage centre.  The teerth kshetra was built under the inspiration of Panyas Pravar Spiritual Head Sri Abhaysagarji Maharaj Saheb.  A large stone weighing about 300 tonnes was brought from a mine about 70 kms away from Jaipur to this place. The idol of the Lord was carved here. The Swetambara temple has been magnificently decorated with intricate artistic designs. The creative temple work boasts about the skills of the craftsmen. The walls and pillars of the temple are adorned with specimens of ancient art. The idol has been beautifully carved from a single stone.

ISKCON Temple: The ISKCON Temple in Ahmedabad is located close to the Gujarat Samachar Press. This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. The ISKCON Temple in Ahmedabad offers the perfect spot for mediation. The temple with its calm and peaceful atmosphere offers the perfect spot to spend some quiet time with oneself. The temple hosts festivals such as Janmastami which is the birthday of Lord Krishna and is attended by a large number of people from across the state.

Shri Bhimnath Temple: The Bhimnath Mahadev temple is located in Akot. According to the well-known archaeologist V H Sonawane, the period of the city’s founding can be traced from the pavement stones used at this temple which bear the mason marks dating back to the 2nd century BC. It was the spot where the first human settlement came up along the Vishwamitri River, which is almost 2,200 years ago.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

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The majestic Somnath Temple, also known as “The Shrine Eternal” is located at Prabhas Pattan near Veraval port in Saurashtra, Gujarat. No pilgrimage is complete without visiting this magnificent shrine built in honor of Lord Shiva. The word Somnath literally translates to “Lord of the Soma”, Soma being the Moon God. It is one of the oldest temples of India finding mentions in Rig Veda, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Shreemad Bhagavad Geeta. It is believed to be the first Jyotirlinga among the 12 Holy Jyotirlingas.

The temple is divided into three main areas – the  Garbhagraha, the Sabhamandapam and the Nrityamandapam. The Shikhar of the temple is 150 feet high. The Kalasam or the Kalash weighs 10 tonnes. The flag pole at the top is 8.2 mt long. The temple reflects the skills of the Sompura Salats, Gujarat’s famed stone masons.

Somnath Temple History 

  • According to the legend, Chandra was cursed to decrease in size every day by his father-in-law Daksha because he showed more affection to his wife Rohini and ignored his other 26 wives who were all daughters of Daksha. After paying penance to Lord Shiva at the site, he was granted a boon by Shiva that he would grow for 15 days and then lose one Kala (shade) every day and decrease in size for 15 days. As a result, Someshwar Kund was established to honour Shiva for removing the curse.
  • As per the historians, the time of construction for the first temple at Somnath is unknown. However, it is recorded that the second temple was built at the site around 649 CE by the Seuna kings of Vallabhi better known as the Yadavas of Devagiri. They ruled parts of present-day Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
  • Al-Junayd, the Governer of Sindh destroyed the temple in around 725 CE during invasions of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The King Nagabhata ll is said to have constructed the third temple in 815 CE.
  • In 1024, the Somnath Temple was again attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni. The reconstruction was done by King Bhoja of Malwa and King Bhimdev I of Patan.
  • The temple again became the target of destruction by Alauddin Khilji’s forces. The temple was built again by King Mahipala, the then king of Saurashtra in 1308.
  • Repeated assaults on the temple were made in 1375 and 1451 by Muzaffar Shah I of the Gujarat Sultanate and Mahmud Begada, the Sultan of Gujarat respectively.
  • The temple also faced the ire of Aurangzeb in 1665. The temple was rebuilt in 1783 by the combined effort of the Peshwas, Bhonsles, Queen Ahilyabai of Indore and Shrimant Patilbuwa Shinde of Gwalior.
  • The present temple is said to be built in the Chalukya style or the  “Kailash Mahameru Prasad” style. The masonry work was done by Sompura Salats.
  • According to the legends, the grandeur of the temple can be assessed by the fact that the inner temple or the Garbhashay was initially studded with gems. These were looted in the repeated invasions.The Sandalwood water for Abhishekam was brought from Haridwar. Flowers for Poojas were brought from Kashmir.
  • Three silver gates originally belonging to the Somnath temple were brought back to India from Lahore after defeating Muhammad Shah by the Maratha king Mahadaji Shinde. After unsuccessful attempts to re-install them in the Somnath temple, they were then gifted to two temples in Ujjain – the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Gopal Mandir where they can still be seen.
  • Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, ordered the British army in Afghanistan to bring back the Sandalwood gates taken by Mahmud of Ghazni. On arrival, in 1843, they were found to be fake. They are currently stored in the Agra Fort.

Significance of Somnath temple

  • The Somnath Temple is believed to be the Primary or the First Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas in Hindu mythology. Lord Shiva is said to have appeared in a fiery column of light from this Linga. The Linga is also believed to be Swayanbhu (self – born) in nature and is worshiped by millions of people in India and around the world.
  • An inscription in Sanskrit found in the Banastambha also known as the “Arrow Pillar”, Abadhit Samudra Marg and Tirstambh indicates that there is no land in a straight line between the seashore until Antarctica.
  • It is called the “Shrine eternal” because it was destroyed six times in history but still every time, was rebuilt in glory. The Consecration ceremony for the present structure was held under Dr. Rajendra Prasad with the words ” The Somnath Temple signifies that the power of creation is always greater than the power of destruction.”
  • The temple was built in gold first by the Moon God (Chandra). When it was demolished, it was rebuilt in silver by Ravana. After that had been razed down, the temple was built in wood by Lord Krishna. Eventually, Bhimdev reconstructed the temple with stone.
  • Syamantak Mani, the Philosopher’s stone associated with Lord Krishna is hidden inside Shiva Linga in the temple. This stone is supposed to be magical with the ability to produce gold. It is believed that it is responsible for creating a magnetic field around itself which keeps the Linga floating above the ground.
  • The Linga is made of iron, and the roof of the sanctum is made of loadstone. Builder of the shrine assured that the magnetic force exerted by the loadstone kept the Linga floating in the air.
  • It is believed that you can wash away your sins by taking a dip in the holy water of the Someshwar Kund. This Kund was built in honour of Lord Shiva after he removed the curse on Chandra.
  • Prabhas Pattan has been a pilgrimage since ancient times because this is the holy site of Sangam or confluence of three great mythological rivers – the Saraswati, the Hiranya and the Kapila.
  • It is also believed that Prabhas Pattan is the site where Lord Krishna was struck by an arrow while resting under a tree. He started his final journey in life from here.

Somnath Temple Timings

  • Somnath Temple opens for darshan at 6 AM and closes at 10 PM.
  • The Aarti at the main shrine happens at 7 AM, 12 Noon and 7 PM.
  • A Light and Sound show titled “Jay Somnath” is performed daily between 8 PM and 9 PM. this show is subject to good weather conditions and may be cancelled on rainy days.
  • Items such as Belts, Mobile phones, Cameras and Shoes are not allowed inside the temple. Free stalls are available for shoes. Lockers are available for storing Cameras and Phones at the entrance of the temple.
  • Wheelchair facilities for disabled and senior citizens are available at the gate of the temple, and Lift facilities are available inside the temple.
  • Online darshan facilities are available. Please visit official website for details.

Somnath Temple Dress code

It is advised by the Somnath Temple management that dresses such as mini-skirts, revealing tops, shorts, etc. should be avoided. Smoking is not allowed inside and around the temple premises.

Festivals celebrated at Somnath Temple

  • Shravan month – Shravan Maas falls on the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, starting late July and ending by the third week of August
  • Shivratri – It is celebrated as a day when Lord Shiva marries Goddess Parvati. It usually occurs in late February to early March.
  • Golokdham Utsav  – It signifies the birth of Lord Krishna, more popularly known as Janmashtami.
  • Kartik Purnima Fair for five days
  • Somnath Sthapana Divas

Poojas and Rituals at Somnath Temple

About 30 main types of Poojas and Abhishekams are performed at the Somnath Temple. Below are the main poojas performed at the shrine:

  • Homatmak Atirudra – This yagna is considered to be the most powerful and the most sacred yagna out of all the Mahayagnas. It is believed that conducting this Yagna washes away your sins and brings peace and prosperity. Atirudra consists of eleven recitations of Maha Rudra. One Maharudram is completed every day, hence the Atirudra yagna is completed in eleven days.
  • Homatmak Maharudra – This Pooja involves 56 highly learned Vedic Pandits reciting Rudras in one place. Recitations of Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda and Atharva Veda is done in front of the deities of the temple.
  • Homatmak Lagurudra – This Abhishek is done to resolve issues related to health and wealth. It is also done to remove the evil effects of planets in the horoscope.
  • Savalaksha Samput Mahamrityunjaya Jaap – This Abhishek is done to increase longevity and immortality of the person.

Other Poojas and Abhishekams include Savalaksha Bilva Pooja, Kalsarpa yog Nivaran Vidhi, Shivpuran Path, Mahadugdh Abhishek, Gangajal Abhishek and Navagraha Jaap.

How to reach the Somnath Temple

  • By Road – Somnath is well connected by State Transport buses to major cities in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Junagadh, Dwarka and Chorwad.
  • By Train – The nearest railway station is Somnath (0.5 km). Regular train service is available from all major cities in Gujarat.
  • By Air – The nearest airport is Diu, which is 85 km away.

Where to stay at Somnath Temple

  • Rooms operated by the Somnath Temple management are available at nominal rates. Accommodations can be booked in the Sagar Darshan Atithi Gruh, Lilavati Atithi Bhavan, Maheshwari Atithi Bhavan by visiting the website
  • Private hotels are abundant near the Somnath Temple complex. Make sure that you carry a valid Identity proof for booking a room

Where to eat at Somnath Temple

  • All the Guesthouses managed by the Somnath Temple trust hosts a Restaurant, which serves various cuisines like Gujarati, Punjabi and Chinese.
  • Small eateries are abundant around the temple complex.

Nearby temples

  • Bhalka Tirth – It is located at about 5 km from the Prabhas – Veraval highway. At this location, the arrow fired by the poacher Jara hit Sri Krishna, who was resting under a Peepal tree. The Lord Sri Krishna then walked and reached the banks of River Hiran from where his last journey started.
  • Shree Golokdham Tirth or Shree Neejdham Prastham Tirth – It is located on the banks of River Hiran, 1.5 km away from the Somnath Temple. The footprint of Lord Krishna is carved here to mark the site of Neejdham Prasthan Leela.  Baldev,  the elder brother of  Lord Krishna also took his last journey from here in his original serpent form.