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    temples in Gujarat

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    Gujarat is famous for ancient sites, inheritance places and various places of pilgrimage. The traditionally rich Gujarat is a vivacious state in India, known for its beautiful attraction. You can visit some of the most famous temples in Gujarat that receive a heavy step of devotees as well as travelers. The temples of Gujarat are not just places of devotion but are architectural marvels, which are a depiction of the magnificence of the state in the past times.

    16 Temples In Gujarat

    These temples of Gujarat are a major tourist attraction of the state, here is
    the list of the top 7 temples that you can consider for your next trip!

    1. Somnath Temple, Somnath

     Lord Shiva

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    Somnath temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the renowned Hindu Architecture -Somnath temple is known to be one of the most gorgeous temples in Gujarat that exist from prehistoric times. It is believed that the temple was eventually built by the Moon God in gold, recreated by Ravana in silver and then by Lord Krishna in wood and then King Bhimdev in stone. The temple was badly spoiled and robbed of its riches by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024 AD. It is also known as Deo Pattan, Prabhas Pattan, and Somnath Pattan. The present structure was established by the maintenance of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel in the year 1950. Now, it is being managed by Shree Somnath Trust. The seven-story structure of the temple is in Chalukya style of construction and claims of wonderful surroundings as it is right on its original site, by the sea.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 26° C
    Timings– 06:00 AM to 09:30 PM
    Entry Fee: No entry fee
    Best Time to Visit Somnath Temple: September to March is the best months to visit Somnath, as the winters are quite cold
    Location: Somnath Mandir Rd, Veraval, Gujarat 362268, India
    How to reach Somnath Temple: Nearest airport- Keshod airport (55 km), Nearest railway station- Veraval railway station- 7 km

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    2. Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka

     known as Jagat Mandir

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    Dwarkadhish Temple best known as Jagat Mandir. Many people call this temple as Trilok Sundar Mandir. Dwarkadhish temple is a part of the admired Chardham yatra in the Hindu religion. Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is more than 2500 years old and appeals devotees from all across the globe. The main door is known as ‘Moksha Dwara’ which means Door to Salvation is the North entrance, on the other hand, the south door is known as ‘Swarga Dwara’ which means Gate to Heaven. On the backside of the door, there are 56 steps, which leads to prominent River Gomati.

    Placed on the union of Gomati River and the Arabian Sea, the splendid sandstone the temple has 5 floors, braced by 60 columns and has stunning wonderful artifacts. The temple is also the 108th Divya Desam of Lord Vishnu. On top of this temple is a flag with a sun and a moon on it, which is changed three times a day. The existing structure of the temple was created around the 15th and 16th
    centuries.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 26° C
    Timings– 06:30 AM to 01:00 PM and 05:00 Pm to 09:30 PM
    Entry Fee: No entry fee
    Best Time to Visit Dwarkadhish Temple: October to March
    Location: Dwarka, Gujarat 361335, India
    How to reach Dwarkadhish Temple: Nearest airport– Jamnagar airport (45 km), Nearest railway station– Dwarka and Jamnagar railway station (132 km)

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    3. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar

    prime temples in Gujarat

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    One of the prime temples in Gujarat, the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is managed by the flourishing Hindu Swaminarayan Group. This temple is a great art of architecture, spread in more than 23 acres of shaped lawns; this huge temple was built by around 1000 skilled workers. One of the chief tourist attractions of the temple is a 45-minute water show, which was organized after sundown. Swaminarayan Akshardham temple was made from 6000 metric tons of pink sandstone and is known to be the place of Lord Swaminarayan. Spend a day in discovering this wonder.

    The temple was founded in the year 1992, this temple is a fine work of artistry and is a one-stop work of art of education, religion, art, research,
    exhibitions, and architecture. The golden idol of Lord Swaminarayan is giant, seven feet in height. The idol lies amid idols of his ideal devotees, Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami and Aksharmukta Goplanand Swami. Sahajanand Vanis must-visit, comprising a park for kids, a waterfall, a lake, and an herbal garden.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 26° C
    Timings– 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM
    Entry Fee: Rs. 60.0 per person for adults (Exhibition)
    Rs. 40.0 per person for children (Exhibition)
    Rs. 90.0 per person water show (adult)
    Rs .60.0 per person water show(children 3-11 years)
    Best Time to Visit Akshardham temple: October- February
    Location: J Road, Sector 20, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382020, India
    How to reach Akshardham temple: Nearest airport- Ahmedabad airport, Nearest railway station- Gandhi Nagar Junction

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    4. Bala Hanuman Mandir, Jamnagar

    Lord Hanuman positioned on the southeastern side of the Ranmal Lake

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    Bala Hanuman Temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman positioned on the southeastern side of the Ranmal Lake. This temple is visited by his believers every year in large numbers. The temple and its ambiances bustle with activity during the early evenings. The temple features in the Guinness Book of World Records due to uninterrupted chant of the prayer ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ from 1st August 1964. The temple was recognized by Prem Bhikshuji in 1963-64. The simple-looking structure houses the symbols of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, Goddess Sita, and Lord Hanuman. The night Arti is the most awaited event of the day. Ahead are the sanctuary premises, without stopping for even a minute.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 26° C
    Timings– 06:00 AM- 10:00 PM
    Entry Fee: Free
    Best Time to Visit Bala Hanuman Temple: Throughout the year
    Location: Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
    How to reach Bala Hanuman Temple:
    Nearest airport- Jamnagar Airport or the Govardhanpur Airport Jamnagar, Nearest railway station- Jamnagar Railway Station

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    5. Rukmini Temple, Dwarka

    dedicated to Idol Rukmini,

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    Rukmini Temple is dedicated to Idol Rukmini, the partner of Lord Krishna,
    Rukmini Devi Temple is a trivial temple, which is relatively popular for its
    beautiful artifacts and two of its beautifully -designed panels. On one panel,
    there are Naratharas or human sculptures and the other one has Gajatharas or elephants on the vile. The innermost sanctum of the temple has the idol of the Goddess along with the Lord. It is said that the temple was built around the12th century. The partitions of the Rukmini temple are decorated with stunning paintings, portraying various events of Goddess Rukmini with the Lord. It is round 1.5 km northwards of the town.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings– 05:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM
    Entry Fee: Free
    Best Time to Visit Rukmini Temple: throughout the year except on Ekadashi days and full moon days.
    Location: Rukmini Devi Temple, Dwarka, Gujarat, India
    How to reach Rukmini Temple: Nearest airport- Jamnagar airport (45 km), Nearest railway station- Dwarka and Jamnagar railway station (132 km)

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    6. Sun Temple, Modhera

     furthermost stunning Hindu temples in Gujarat

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    One of the furthermost stunning Hindu temples in Gujarat, it is built in such a way that the sun shines on the image of Surya chakra, from sunrise to sunset. This Temple was founded in the 11th century by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty, Sun temple is placed on a small hill in Modhera, around 106 km north-westwards of Ahmedabad. The main hall and the shrine are braced by exquisitely carved pillars with statues of gods and demons.

    The temple is situated on the banks of Pushpavati River; the temple is devoted to Sun God. Its interior hall has 12 niches that epitomize the monthly displays of God. One of the few Sun temples in India, this temple multifaceted is divided into three parts- Surya Kund, Sabha Mandap, and Guda Mandap. Do not miss visiting this step-well in the Sun temple of Modhera. Temple Also has a dedicated spot to Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, and Sitala Mata.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 12° C
    Timings– 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
    Entry Fee: Free
    Best Time to Visit Sun Temple: October and March
    Location: On Becharaji, Highway, Modhera, Gujarat 384212, India
    How to reach Sun Temple: Nearest airport- Ahmedabad airport (102 km), Nearest railway station- Mehsana railway station (40 km)

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    7. Bhalka Tirth, Somnath

    Veraval in Saurashtra

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    Bhalka Tirth at near Veraval in Saurashtra is located 4 kilometers away from the Somnath temple and a must-visit place in Veraval. Bhalka’s Tirth is the place where Lord Krishna was fallacious for a deer, while he was ruminating in the jungle, and was hurt by an arrow by a hunter. Placed within Somnath and Veraval. This is the site where he left the earth for his blissful place. The spot is on the meeting of
    three rivers- Hiran, Kapila and Saraswati, called Sangam. Also nearby is the
    temple named Mahaprabhuji’s Bethak, devoted to Lord Krishna along with an old Banyan tree.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings– – 06:00 AM to 09:00 PM
    Entry Fee: Free
    Best Time to Visit Bhalka Tirth: September to March
    Location: Bhalka, Veraval, Gujarat 362265, India
    How to reach Bhalka Tirth: Nearest airport- Keshod airport (55 km), Nearest railway station- Veraval railway station- (7 km)

    8. Shri Shatrunjaya Temples, Palitana

    Shatrunjaya Temple

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    Situated at Shatrunjaya in Palitana, this temple is one of the holiest places to visit by the Jain community. Shikharji and this place hold utmost importance and is considered to be built by an abode of the divine. The Jains believe that visiting these temples will offer them Nirvana or salvation. Carved with around 863 marbles, this temple is dedicated to Rishabha.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings: NA 
    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee  
    Best Time to Visit Shatrunjaya Temple: Throughout the year 
    Location: Palitana, Gujarat 364270 
    How to reach Shatrunjaya Temple: Bhavnagar is the nearest airport from the temple which is located at a distance of 51 kms. From here one can hire a taxi. 

    10. Jagannath Temple, Ahmedabad 

    Jagannath Mandir

    Image Credit: Helfmann for Wikipedia

    This beautiful temple is located in Ahmedabad and primarily dedicated to Lord Jagannath. This temple was established around 450 years ago which was built by Sadhu Sarangdasij and known for its Rath Yatra festival. This temple was once attacked by the muslims during the 1969 Gujarat riots.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings: 5am–1pm, 3–9:15pm
    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee 
    Best Time to Visit Jagannath Temple: Throughout the year 
    Location: Shri Jagannathji Mandir Trust, Nr. Jamalpur Darwaja, Jamalpur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380022
    How To Reach Jagannath Temple: The nearest airport is Ahmedabad from the temple 

    11. Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple, 

    Bhadkeshwar Mandir

    Image Credit: AmitUdeshi for Wikipedia

    This is an abode of Lord Shiva where the Shivalinga was found in the Arabian sea around five thousand years ago. The temple gets submerged in the ocean for a short period in each year which is said that the ocean performs Abhishekham of the Linga. At this place Shivratri is performed with much vigour and joy at a grand scale. This place is also a major spot to enjoy a beautiful sunset and sunrise in the ocean. 

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings: NA 
    Entry Fee: NA
    Best Time To Visit Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple: Throughout the year 
    Location: Near Circuit House, Sunset Point, Dwarka, Gujarat 361335
    How To Reach Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple: Nearest airport- Jamnagar airport (45 km), Nearest railway station- Dwarka and Jamnagar railway station (132 km)

    12. Hutheesing Jain Temple, Ahmedabad 

    Hutheesing Temple

    Image Credit: Kalyan Shah for Wikipedia

    Built-in the year 1848, this temple is considered to be one of the prominent temples of India which is located in Ahmedabad. This famous Jain temple is funded by a rich Gujarati trader and managed by the Hutheesing family trust. Despite the famine, this temple was beautifully built by the artisans in two years and boasts intricate carvings. 

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings: NA 
    Entry Fee: NA 
    Best Time to Visit Hutheesing Jain Temple: Throughout the year 
    Location: Shahibaug Rd, Bardolpura, Delhi Darwaza, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380004
    How To Reach Hutheesing Jain Temple: The nearest airport is Ahmedabad airport 

    13. Sandipani Temple

    Sandipani

    Image Credit: Sandipani.org

    This beautiful temple is located in Porbandar and is dedicated to the pure friendship of Sudama and Krishna. This is one of the only places in the world which still holds the loyalty and devotion of Sudama. It is also called the Shri Hari Mandir which took almost 13 years to build. Boasting one of the grandest structures among all the temples in Gujarat, this temple is visited by both Indian and foreign tourists.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
    Timings
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    Best Time to Visit Somnath Temple:
    Location:
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    14. Nilkanth Dham Swami Narayan Temple

    Swami Samarth Ashram

    Image Credit: NilkanthDham.org

    Situated at the Poicha Village, it is one of the most famous attractions in Gujarat. Considered as one of the Swami Narayan temples of India, this beautiful architecture was made to reflect and protect the Indian culture and the heritage. It is also called as an exemplary craftsmanship example which is also known for its incredible architecture.

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
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    15. Ranchhodrai Temple

    Ranchodrai Temple

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    This temple was actually a Shiva temple which is also called the Danknath Mandir. Later this was developed into a Vaishvanite center where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. Built-in the year of 1772 AD, inside the temple Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Lord Ranchhodrai. It was constructed by Shri Gopalrao Jagannath Tambwekar and has around eight domes. 

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
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    16. Shamlaji Temple

    Shamlaji Temple

    Image Credit: Bhavesh Parmar for Wikipedia

    This is quite a famous pilgrimage destination among the Hindus in Gujarat and visited by people far and wide. Located at the Aravalli district, at this temple Lord Krishna is worshipped. It is said that the temple was built around the 11th century, this was reconstructed around 500 years back. Built-in the Chalukyan style of architecture, this temple was once visited by the Jains. 

    Ideal for: All- Couple, Group, Solo, Family
    Ideal trip duration: 1 day
    Weather: 22° C
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    Best Time to Visit Somnath Temple:
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    These temples in Gujarat will help you have a soothing vacation there. They offer a peaceful atmosphere, architectural beauty and serenity that will shoo away all your woes. So, if you are looking for a tranquil experience, visit Gujarat and head to these temples!

    Frequently Asked Questions About Temple In Gujarat

    Q. How many jyotirlingas are there in Gujarat?

    A. Two jyotirlingas are in Gujrat which are
    1. Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat
    2. Nageshvara in Dwarka, Gujarat

    Q. Which is the oldest temple in Gujarat?

    A. The Gop temple is better known as Sun temple located at Zinavari
    village in Jamnagar district, Gujarat. The Hindu temple is one of the earliest surviving stone temples in Gujarat.

    Q. What is the main pilgrim place in Gujarat?

    A. Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, one of the biggest temples in
    India and is a major pilgrim destination in Gujarat.

    Q. Is a pilgrim city in Gujarat associated with Lord Krishna?

    A. Yes, most of them are. Lord Krishna the eternal God, who in
    Gujarat is also known as the Dwarkadheesh, choose Dwarka as his
    territory.


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