Lord Shiva is one of the most popular gods of the Hindus and he is worshipped with great respect, devotion and fervour. There are 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and the first jyotirlinga is in Somnath temple situated in Veravd in the state of Gujarat.
This temple gives a picturesque view as it is situated on the West Coast of India, on the Coast of the Arabian Sea. The existence of Somnath Temple can be traced back to the Rig Veda times. The oldest and the holiest text of Bhagwad Gita and Shiv Purana acknowledge the existence of Somnath Temple.
Somnath Temple Darshan :
One other unique fact about the Somnath Temple is that a bird catcher pierced the toe of Sri Krishna and Sri Krishna departed earth for his Nijdham. Devotees throng the Somnath Temple for the live darshan throughout the year. People consider themselves blessed if they can undertake this journey and view the live darshan of aartis and other rituals and ceremonies.
http://tv143.blogspot.com/2010/02/live-darshan-of-somnath-temple.html, is a link that provides live darshan to people across the globe who are unable to visit Somnath. TV 143 is a free live channel which offers free live darshan of the aartis and general darshan of the Somnath idols and deities at all times. Aarti live darshan can be done at the fixed aarti times of 7 am, 12 noon and 7 pm. IndiaDivine.org or http://Somnath.org/ also offer live darshan online.
The general darshan timings of the Somnath Temple are from 6 am – 9 pm. http://18.104.22.168/jaisomnath.htm is a link which offers better viewing of live darshan of aartis and the special rituals. Devotees, who cannot visit Somnath due to financial reasons or because of some disability, can avail the live darshan of the temple and the idol through many web sites. Thanks to modern technology that one and all can avail the live darshan of the Somnath Temple.