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The Gujarat Trip - Day 3

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We had started from Bangalore on Day 1 and covered Dwaraka on Day 2.  It was now Day 3.

It was a beautiful sunny morning in Somnath .  The morning arathi was scheduled at 7 AM and we hurried to the temple (a short drive from the hotel).  As in other temples, we were immobile ("without mobile") and had to pass through Z-category Security check to get in. The arathi was on and we were lucky to be stopped before the inner sanctum and could witness this from distance undisturbed. Like Dwaraka the crowds cleared after arathi and we could go back in to have multiple darshans.

The temple itself is beautiful with breathtaking gopuram and specious interior. Evidently it has been constructed/renovated recently.  It is on the banks of Arabian Sea and offers a scenic view.  We lingered for a while and then decided to check out a few other temples nearby.

We were told that the Triveni Mahasangam Ghat was a few minutes walk. As it turned out, it is more than a kilometre away and best vis…

The Gujarat Trip - Day 2

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We had started from Bangalore and reached Dwaraka on Day 1.  It was now Day 2.

All of us were up and running by 6.15 AM, being told that Dwarkadhish Temple (the flagship temple in Dwaraka) opens for darshan at 6.30 AM.  The Hotel being close to temple, it was a two minute walk.  We could see the Arabian Sea in the horizon.

Besides many other items, cell phones (read mobile cameras) are not allowed inside the temple.  So we had left this in our hotel. There is a counter to leave your belongings but I am not sure if you want to leave expensive phones there (especially when "we are not responsible for your belongings"). The Dvaraka Pitha (also called Sharada Math,) adjoins Dwarakadhish temple.  (This is one of the four mathas that Adi Sankara had established).

The 6.30 AM darshan was quite crowded and there was quite some jostling to have a darshan.  There are separate queues for ladies.  Some of us were asked to take a "short-cut" which led us to the inner sanctum…

The Gujarat Trip - Day 1

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It all started when my parents talked about wanting to visit Dwaraka and Somnath- two temples they had not had a chance to cover in the several religious trips that they had done.  My brother and I thought that this was a good opportunity to do a family trip.  The planning was set in motion four to five months back. The flight tickets were the first to be booked after monitoring the rates for a week.  The hotels followed thereafter based on reviews in TripAdvisor as well as the offers available in various online portals (like ClearTrip and MakeMyTrip).  
Winter gave way to summer and schools closed.  (Did we even have winter?  The days were unusually hot).  As the day of our trip neared, we saw that the temperatures all over India were higher than normal.  Gujarat was sizzling in 40s (degree celsius).  We hoped that it would not affect our trip much, though we realized we needed to have plenty of fluids and take precautions. 
Day 1
The morning of Tuesday, 11th April saw us taking flig…