Triveni Ghat in Somnath is the meeting point of three holy rivers – Kapil, Hiran and a mystical River Saraswati, which are believed to be flowing to their ultimate destination – Arabian Sea. These stages of rivers where they meet and then flow together to the sea symbolises human birth, life and death.
The small shore town of Somnath in Gujarat is one of the most frequented spots in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest pilgrim centers of India and is said to house one of the twelve jyotilingas of Shiva. Mahmud of Ghazni the renowned Afghan barbarian raided the town many times and accumulated a vast wealth from it. He took his plundered booty to his homeland for the up gradation of the place. According to Hindu mythology this is also the place where Lord Krishna was shot in the leg. As is evident Somnath has many a story (some factual and some legends) associated with it. Triveni Ghat is one of the most important Holy Places in Somnath tat is frequented by many tourists and pilgrims.
History of Triveni Ghat:
Rivers play an important part in the Hindu mythology. Almost all the rivers starting from the holy Ganges to the mighty Brahmaputra has a story to tell. Triveni Ghat in Somnath is one such spot where three Rivers namely Hiran, Kapil and Saraswati meet with the Arabian Sea. The confluence of the three rivers or Sangam as it is referred to in Hindu religious terms is one of the most pious places in India. This is also the place where the chatri of the Lord Krishna is constructed. Krishna is said to have visited this holy spot after being hit by an arrow. The Ghat is considered to be the cremation ground of Lord Krishna.
Description of Triveni Ghat:
Triveni Ghat situated at the confluence of three rivers and the Arabian Sea is considered to be the place where Lord Krishna was cremated. A temple has been dedicated to him to mark the place.
The best time to visit Somnath is from October to March. Somnath is well accessible from Junagad and Veraval. There are daily buses plying from one place to the other. To avoid last minute hassles make your hotel bookings early. You can also visit many other places in and around Somnath like Gir National forest which is the only place in India where you would find Asiatic Lions. It lies at a distance of 43 kilometers from Somnath. You can also visit the sea side resort of Chorwad.