Bhalka Teerth is one of the most magnificent temples of Somnath city. The temple at Bhalka Teerth is known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a tulsi tree has been planted in Lord Krishna's honour. Banyan trees dot the courtyard of the spectacular Krishna temple that is built in sandstone. Inside the shrine is an unusual idol of Shri Krishna in a semi-reclining position. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute.
Brief History: The temple commemorates the episode when a poacher, Jara, mistakenly hit the Lord with his arrow, thinking it’s a deer. The Lord left for his heavenly abode after this episode, but not before walking 4km from here to Shri Goloknathdham Tirth. In the 9th century AD Shri Vallabhacharya gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagavat Gita here for 9 full days.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is between November to February, and during Janmashtami.
By Road The temple city lies 82km from Junagadh, 270km from Bhavnagar and 120km from Porbandar. The capital city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is just 400km away from Somnath.
By Train Somnath is the nearest railway station, is well connected to other major towns in Gujarat and India.
By Air Porbandar Airport is 120KMs and Rajkot airport is 200KMs away.