Visitor Frequently Asked Questions

Hours & Operations

Sri Somesvara Temple is every day.
Open from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Closed from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Open from 3:30pm to 7:30pm


Rudrabhishekam is at 10 am Monday – Friday, and 11 am on Saturday & Sunday.
Evening Aarathi is at 7 pm.

For a schedule of daily, monthly, and annual Pujas/Havans, please visit the Calendar. If you are interested in only Darshan, it is best to visit not at Puja times – late afternoons are ideal.

Puja Sponsoring

To sponsor Rudrabhishekam for 1 day, 1 month, or 1 year, please click here.

Almost all Sri Somesvara ceremonies can be sponsored. Find out more.


Please do not use GPS when visiting Sri Somesvara Temple as it often gets people lost for 2 hours. Click here for good directions.


Go to the Sri Somesvara Home Page. If there is snow, ice, or conditions that affect the roads, you will see a weather warning in red letters at the top of the page. For detailed weather information, click here.


Meals are $12 for adults and $6 for children on weekends and holidays, and $10 for adults and $5 for children on weekdays. A full Indian buffet (vegetarian, with no garlic or onion) is offered on Weekends and Holidays from 12:30 to 4 pm.

If you would like join us for lunch during weekdays or dinner any day of the week, please RSVP 24 hours in advance, by emailing us at If you are coming with a large group, please fill out the Group Visit Request Form.

Overnight Accommodations

For information on prices and availability and/or to make a reservation, please email us at

Why is the Temple Door Shut?

The temple door is shut and locked from 1:30pm to 3:30pm daily. Outside these times, sometimes Panditji shuts the front door to keep the heat inside. If Panditji is not inside the Temple from 9:30am to 1:30pm or 3:30pm to 7:30pm, ring the large temple bell by the front door; he will likely come down shortly.

How do I Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please check out the Seva Program or email us at

WiFi & Cell Signal

WiFi is available in the Visitor Center and all rooms. Cell phone signal depends on your wireless carrier. Most carriers have some signal at the Visitor Center and certain parts of Mount Soma. We ask that you to turn off your cell phone when attending any Sri Somesvara ceremonies.


For additional information or questions, please call us at 828-476-4073 and leave a message. All messages are checked at least 3 times daily and calls are usually returned 10-11 am, 2-3 pm, and 6:45-7:30 pm.

We at Sri Somesvara Temple look forward to seeing you soon!