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SOMNATH TEMPLE
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AMARNATH YATRA
12 JYOTIRLINGAS
SOMNATH TEMPLE
SRISHAILA
MAHAKALESHWARA
OMKARESHWAR
VIDYANATH
BHIMSHANKAR
RAMESHWARAM
NAGESHWAR
VISHWANATH
TRYAMBAKESHWAR
KEDARNATH
GRISHNESHWAR

Somnath is the foremost of the twelve Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva. It is held in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, tradition, and history.

LOCATION

The Somnath Jyotirlinga is situated in Veraval in (Prabhas Kshetra) Kathaiwad district. It is said that Chandra Devan worshipped Siva here to free himself of the curse of Daksha and hence built a temple here and name came upon to be Somnathar.

STORY

According to the Shiva Purana, Daksha Prajapati had 27 daughters who were all wedded to Chandra Devan. Amongst all his wives, he deeply loved Rohini, one of the daughters of Dakshan. Seeing this partiality and negligence of the other daughters Daksha cursed Chandra that will diminish in power and beauty, as moon without beauty will make the whole world lifeless. When Chandra asked for forgiveness, Dakshan said that only Lord Shiva could free him from this curse. So Chandra started praying. Pleased by this devotion Lord shiva blessed him of immortality. He blessed him that he would undergo waxing and waning accordingly in a month. On the request of Chandra Devan and other Gods Lord Shiva assumed the name of Somchandra (Jyotirlinga) and dwelled there forever. In this temple there is a small cave in which a lamp burns continuously.
The inner temple of the Garbhashay was supported to be aglow with the luster of these gemstones. The Nanda Deep was always kept lighted with Kannauji attar. The treasure of the temple was forever full of vast wealth and was kept safe. For worship of the Lord-and Abhishek (worship with holy water) sandalwood scented water was brought from Haridwar, Prayag Kashi every day. However flowers for special festivities were imported from Kashmir. For the routine daily worship, one thousand Brahmins were appointed. About three hundred and fifty dancing girls were appointed for the regular music and dance concerts that took place in the Temple courts.

Somnath Jyotirlinga Somnath Jyotirling has been destroyed and rebuilt a number of times in the history: * Accounts of glory and wealth of Somnath by the Arab traveler Al Biruni prompted a visit by Mahmud of Ghazini who ransacked and destroyed the temple in 1025 CE. It was immediately rebuilt by King Bhima of Gujarat and King Bhoja of Malwa. * Somnath temple was destroyed again by Alaf Khan, the general of Allauddin Khilji in 1300 CE. It was rebuilt again by King Mahipala of the Chudasama dynasty. * Somnath shrine was destroyed yet again in 1390, 1490, 1530 and finally in 1701 by Aurangazeb. It was rebuilt with perseverance each time after it was destroyed.

 

















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