Somnath Temple History, Story and Importance

Somnath Temple History

This Jyotirlinga is installed in the world famous temple called Somnath Temple on the sea shore in the Kathiawar region of Gujarat province. Earlier this area was known as Prabhaskshetra. It was here that Lord Shri Krishna made his leela after making a gunman's arrow named Zara. The story of Jyotirlinga here is described in the Puranas as follows-

Daksha Prajapati had twenty seven girls. They were all married to Chandradev. But all the affection and love of the moon was only towards Rohini among them. Due to this act, the other girls of Daksha Prajapati were very unhappy. He narrated his story to his father. Daksha Prajapati explained Chandradev in many ways for this.

But it did not affect his heart under Rohini. Daksha eventually became enraged and cursed him to be 'decayed'. Chandradev immediately decayed due to this curse. As soon as they were decayed, all their work of improving the cold precipitation on the earth stopped. There was a tussle in every place. Moon was also very sad and worried.

Hearing their prayers, the Gods of Indradi and the sages etc. went to the grandfather Brahma for their salvation. After listening to all the things, Brahma said- 'Moon should worship Lord Shiva with the other gods for his curse-release by going to the holy place of worship. By their grace, their curse will surely be destroyed and they will become diseased.

According to his statement, Chandra Deva completed all the work of worshiping the death god. He chanted Mrityunjaya Mantra ten million times while doing austerity. Pleased with this, Mrityunjaya - Lord Shiva granted him the boon of immortality. He said- 'Chandradev! You do not grieve. You will be cursed and saved by my groom, as well as the words of Prajapati Daksh will be protected.

Every day, every one of your art in Krishna Paksha will be weakened, but again in the Shukla Paksha, each one of your art will increase. In this way every full moon you will get full moonlight. ' The people of all the worlds were pleased with this boon received by the Moon. Sudhakar Chandradev again started doing the work of Sudha-precipitation in ten directions.

After getting rid of the curse, Chandradev along with other gods prayed to Lord Mritunjaya that he along with Mata Parvatiji could stay here forever for the salvation of life. Lord Shiva accepted this prayer and started living here with Mother Parvatiji as Jyotirlinga.

The glory of this Somnath-Jyotirlinga situated in the holy Prabhas region is explained in detail in Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagwat and Skandapuranadi. One name of the moon is also Som, he did penance here, considering Lord Shiva as his Nath-lord.

Therefore, this Jyotirlinga is called Somnath. With its philosophy, worship and worship, all the sins and misdeeds of the birth-birth of the devotees are destroyed. He becomes the character of the undeserved kindness of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. The path of salvation becomes easily accessible to them. All his cosmic and ecclesiastical acts are automatically successful.

Adi Jyotirlinga Shree Somnath Mahadev Temple situated on the banks of Arabian Sea in the west of the Indian subcontinent is unique. This shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers in the country and is also mentioned in ancient texts like Skandapuranam, Srimad Bhagwat Geeta, Shivapuranam. At the same time, the glory of Someshwar Mahadev is also mentioned in the Rigveda.

This linga is believed to be the first of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva. According to historical sources, the invaders attacked this temple 6 times. Even then, the present existence of this temple is an indication of its reconstruction efforts and communal harmony. This temple is built in the Kailash Mahameru Prasad style for the seventh time. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has also been associated with its construction work.  The temple is divided into three major parts - the sanctum sanctorum, sabhamandap and nrityamandap. It has a 150 feet high peak. The Kalash situated at its peak weighs ten tons and its flag is 27 feet high. Regarding its uninterrupted sea route - Trishtambha it is believed that this sea route ends in the South Pole indirectly. It is considered to be an amazing proof of our ancient wisdom and understanding. This temple was rebuilt by Queen Ahilyabai.

Religious importance Somnath Mandir ( Temple) Gujarat

According to mythological traditions, the name Som is of Chandra, who was the son-in-law of Daksha. Once he disregarded Daksha's orders, due to which Daksha cursed him that his light would fade from day to day.

When the other gods asked Daksha to take back his curse, he said that taking a bath in the sea at the mouth of Saraswati could prevent the outbreak of curse. Som worshiped Lord Shiva by bathing in the Arabian Sea at the mouth of Saraswati. Lord Shiva incarnated here and saved him and became famous as Somnath.

How to reach Airways- There is an air service to Mumbai directly from a place called Keshod, located 55 km from Somnath.

There is also a bus and taxi service between Keshod and Somnath.

Rail route - Veraval railway station is the nearest to Somnath, which is located just seven kilometers from there.

There is direct contact with Ahmedabad and other places of Gujarat from here.  Road Transport- Somnath is located 7 km from Veraval, Mumbai 889 km, Ahmedabad 400 km, Bhavnagar 266 km, Junagadh 85 and 122 km from Porbandar.

Bus services are available to this place across the state.  Retiring Room - There is a provision of guest house, restroom and Dharamshala for pilgrims at this place. Simple and affordable services are available. There is also a stay at Veraval.

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