Gujarat is the land of a culture where you can find plenty of places to visit and get experiences of your lifetime. In Gujarat, you can visit modern, historical, and also spiritual places at once. With the longest coastline in India, Gujarat is certainly a must-place to visit, not once but more often.
With so many places to choose from, today we are going to furnish the most important information about the prominent Hindu temples of Gujarat. Although, there are many prominent temples you can find in Gujarat, we are focusing on only five of them so you can plan your next visit to Gujarat easily.
Somnath Temple, Somnath (Saurashtra Region)
The first of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Bhagwan Shiv is situated in Somnath. Actually, this place was first called Prabhas Kshetra but after the emergence of the Jyotirling, it has been renamed as Somnath. There is a beautiful ancient temple of Somnath that can be seen just next to the Arabian Sea. This temple was rebuilt by India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The temple has seven stories and its architecture is in the Chalukya style. If you are visiting Somnath then you must visit Prabhas Patan where Bhagwan Krishna left his soul. That mandir is just 4 KMS away from the Somnath Temple.
Somnath is well connected with the rest of Gujarat by road and rail. The nearest airport to Somnath is Keshod which is around 40 KMS distance, and the nearest railway station is Veraval that is just stone’s throw away.
Temple Timings: From Morning 6 to 10 at Night.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka (Saurashtra Region)
If you are planning to have a ‘Char-Dham Yatra’ then Dwarka or Dwarika is a must place to visit on your list. Dwarkadhish temple is also known as Jagat Mandir or Trilok Sundar Mandir as well. This temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Krishna or Dwarikadhish and it is over 2500 years old. The Dwarkadhish temple is situated at the Sangam of Gomti River and the Arabian Sea. If you are going to Dwarka then do not forget to visit Beyt Dwarka as well where there is a temple of Rukmani. The Janmashtami celebrations at this temple are just a sight to experience.
You can go to Dwarka via road and rail and the nearest airport to Dwarka is Jamnagar.
Temple Timings: 0630 HRS to 1300 HRS and 1700 HRS to 2130 HRS
Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar (Central Gujarat)
The Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar is considered to be one of the largest temples in Gujarat. This temple has been spread in 23 acres and has been built with around 6000 MT of pink sandstone. This temple has been run by the Swaminarayan sect’s BAPS branch. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Akshardham temple was founded in 1992 and apart from the mandir you can also watch sight and sound shows and also water shows.
Being situated in Gujarat’s capital city of Gandhinagar, the Akshardham temple is well connected and the nearest airport is Ahmedabad.
Temple Timings: 0900 HRS to 0630 HRS
Bala Hanuman Mandir, Jamnagar (Saurashtra)
Situated in the center of Jamnagar city the Bala Hanuman Mandir oversees the famous Ranmal Lake. This temple is dedicated to Hanumanji and it is also known for its social services as well. Being a historical temple Bala Hanuman Mandir also features in the Guinness Book of World Records because the chanting of the dhoon “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram” that started on 1st August 1964 by Prem Bikshuji Maharaj is still going on 24×7 and 365 days a year.
Jamnagar is connected by road, rail and air.
Temple Timings: 0600 HRS to 1000 HRS
Sun Temple (Surya Mandir) of Modhera (North Gujarat)
Established by King Bhimdev the first of the Solanki dynasty in the 11th century the Modhera Sun Temple is a scientific wonder as well. Situated in Modhera that is 106 KMS away from Ahmedabad, it is built in such a way that the Surya Chakra in the temple keeps on shining from the sunrise to the sunset.
The nearest railway station to Modhera is Mehsana which is 40 KMS away and airport is Ahmedabad
Temple Timings: 0600 HRS to 1800 HRS