Situated on the banks of the River Som at a distance of 24 km away from Dungarpur at Deo Gaon, the Deo Somnath Temple was constructed during the rule of Vikram Samwat in the 12th century.
This temple was built in the 12th century and is a very close replica of the actual Somnath temple in Gujarat. Various invaders from the foreign lands, especially Mahmud of Ghazni did loot and plunder the real temple so very many times. In the fear that such raids will actually destroy the temple, the Shiva devotees created this duplicate temple on the island.
Built of white stone, the temple has imposing turrets. Though there is a perfect adaptation of parts in the masonry, yet it gives the impression that individual stones are crumbling. The temple has 3 exits, one each in the east, the north and the south. At the entrance of the temple, massively carved stone elephant structure and Lord Shiva bull also made of stone sit at the entrance.
Inscribed walls of the temple also have handprints panels which are believed of those women who immolated as "Sati". Temple’s dome also presents a fine architecture and also resembles Ranakpur Jain temple. Marvelously carved stone pillars with series of sculpted figures and inscription add to its beauty. There are Twenty Torans of which four still exist. Others were destroyed by the flood waters of the Som. The idol of the deity is in a chamber, eight steps below and the entrance is from the Sabha Mandap. There are several inscriptions by pilgrims and the oldest belongs to 1493 A.D. Several warriors were cremated near the temple and memorials have been raised in their honor.
The temple is open on all days from early dawn to late at night. The temple however since is devoted to Lord Shiva, the festivals and the rituals that are related to Shiva are carried out with a lot of grandeur and show. During these times the opening and the closing time might differ.
The devotees and also the ordinary tourists do not need to pay any entrance fee at the time of entering this temple. It is fully free of cost.
The Deo Somnath Temple is open all around the year. Hence there is no best time as such for visiting the place. However since the location is based in Rajasthan, as a tourist it will be best if you come to this place in the winters. The time between October and February is the best time for visiting this temple. Events and festivals related to Shiva attract a larger traffic of devotees. These seasons can be avoided so that cheaper budgets can be maintained.
By Road: Deo Somnath Temple is located at Deo Gaon, 24 km north east of Dungarpur district. One can easily reach here by bus or taxi.
By Rail: Deo Somnath Temple is well connected through nearest Dungarpur Railway station to major cities railway stations like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.
By Air: Deo Somnath Temple can be reached through nearest Udaipur Airport which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, and Jaipur.
The Deo Somnath temple is one that has remained to be a great attraction for religious sanctity and also as an important place that holds a superb specimen of yesteryear’s art and architecture traits. People visiting this temple be sure to get transported to another world while going through the various features of the temple such as the Grabha Graha, the main Mandap etc.