Welcome to Somnath
One of India's 12 Shiva jyoti linga (devotional representation of Shiva) shrines, Somnath’s famous, phoenix-like temple stands in neat gardens above the beach, 6km southeast of the large town of Veraval. Every day thousands of pilgrims pour through the narrow market streets (with no car traffic!), heading with excited anticipation to the temple in order to perform puja (offerings or prayers). Somnath celebrates Kartik Purnima, marking Shiva’s killing of the demon Tripurasura, with a large, colourful fair.