Temples in VeravalVeraval is the central headquarters of the Gir Somnath district in Gujarat. Once a fortified port town of Junagadh, it was founded by a Rajput in the 13th or the 14th century. The coastal paradise is a perfect blend of the ancient Hindu and Nawabi culture. Its keenness to preserve the cultural remains of the bygone times is evidently perceivable in the famous temple of Somnath, the pilgrim heritage of Prabhas Patan and Balkha Tirtha among others.
When it comes to pilgrimage, the town is a hub for religious devotees. It is surrounded by some of the most famous medieval and pre-medieval architectural marvels in the form of temples. This beach blown land with its beatific coastline and windy shores flourishes under the amalgamation of historical movements and divinity.
Following are some of the most impeccable heritage sites this place has to offer:
Gita Mandir in Veraval
Suraj Mandir in Veraval
Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Veraval
Kamnath Mahadev Temple in VeravalThis Mahadev shrine was built about 200 years ago by a Mayurdhwaj King. Ornamenting the temple complex is a lake called the Dhundiyu Talav, a well called Gangvo Kuvo and a pool called Mahadev no Kund. Popular legends speak of the pond as having mgical healing powers that enabled the King to recover from leprosy. This temple is home to an annual fair conducted during the Shraavan Maas. The religious fair attracts thousands of devotees every year.
Parshuram Temple in Veraval
Dehotsarg Tirth in Veraval
This religious site is located at a distance of 1 and a half kilometers from the Somnath temple near Veraval. According to the mythology, Lord Krishna departed for his divine abode from this holy spot. The last foot prints of Lord Krishna can be seen at this very place known as “Dehotsarg Tirth”.
The divine foot prints of Lord Krishna are engraved here to commemorate the heavenly memory of Krishna “Nij-Dham” prasthan leela(journey to Shri Krishna’s abode- “Nij-Dham”). Legends also say that Lord Krishna’s elder brother “Baldev Ji” also departed for his last journey from this place in his real form of a serpent. This is made noticeable by an old cave known as the “Dauji-ni Gufa”.