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Gujarat, appropriately known as the Land of Legends, is one of the most preferred destinations on the tourist map of India. Tourists from across the country are making a beeline to see this western state which personifies art, culture, traditions and religion. With rich topographical diversities dotting its landscapes and a myriad range of cultural attributes, languages, authentic food palate and colors to its credit; Gujarat is also a haven for those who want to disappear in the realms of history and the caves which speak volumes of the era gone by.

The Panch Pandav Gufa, situated in Lalghati near the Temple City of Somnath is typically a temple revered by the followers of Hinduism. This foundation of this unique temple was laid way back in 1949. Late Baba Narayandas is credited as the founder of this temple, which is dedicated to the famous five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata.

The temple enshrines the idols of various Hindu gods and goddesses, along with idols of the five Pandava brothers. Tourists and pilgrims visit Panch Pandav Gufa to offer their prayers to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The magnificence of this cavecan be observed from the town and sea beach that it overlooks. People often climb up the hill on which the temple is located -- to get a breathtaking view of the sunset and spend some time in the soothing precincts of this temple.

The sprawling compound of the temple is home to a Sanskrit College and attracts students, scholars and religious teachers from across the world. Panch Pandav Gufa is located in the colorful Junagadh district of Gujarat. The temple lies in the shadows of the famous Somnath Temple which is home to one of the twelve revered Jyotirlingas of Shiva. International as well as domestic travelers throng Somnath, which is also referred to as Lord of the Moon God, to savor the delights of its rich spiritual and cultural legacy.

Along with the Panch Pandav Gufa, pilgrims also like to offer their reverence at Junagadh Gate, which is an important entry point into the city.


The mystique of these Pandava caves, also referred to as Aravalem Caves, lures visitors with its folklores and other mythological tales. It is believed that Pandava brothers Yudhisthir, Arjun, Bheem, Nakul and Sahdev had spent time in this temple during the term of their exile. With consistent prayers and fasts, they had evoked the powers of Lord Shiva in this cave. These stories make the caves a popular place for sightseeing as well as pilgrimage.

The Panch Pandav Gufa bears testimony to several Muslim invasions which destroyed the Temple of Somnath and looted its rich treasures and wealth. It has a long history of attacks and siege and represents the faith of Hindu pilgrims and devotees along with their dedication, resilience and immortal love.

How to Reach

By Road

The Paanch Pandav Gufa is located in the city of Somnath, which is very well connected to various nearby places by road. Visitors can take a bus/taxi from as Veraval (7 km), or Junagarh (85 km). The highways are well maintained and scenic and have facilities for essential amenities on the way.

By Rail

Most visitors who choose to travel by train get off at Veraval Railway Station, which is located 7 km from Somnath. It acts as the nearest railhead in the region. Veraval is connected by train to Ahmadabad and some other prominent cities.

By Air

The nearest airport to Somnath is at Keshod, which is located 55 kilometers away. Tourists from Mumbai can avail direct flights to Keshod. After touching down at Keshod, they can hail a cab or bus to take them to Somnath.

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