Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple Jyotirlinga is arranged at Somnath Patan (the south shore of Saurashtra), close Veraval in (Prabhas Kshetra) Kathaiwad area in Gujarat. Somnath is thought to be the first of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva and is a worshipped journey focus in India.

Legend of Somnath Temple

Skanda Purana, in a section on Prabhasa Khanda, depicts the development of this Jyotirlinga. Legend goes that the moon was hitched to the 27 little girls of Daksha Prajapati. Among every one of his spouses, he had extraordinary love towards Rohini and dismissed the others. Seeing the carelessness of Chandra towards his different spouses Prajapati Daksha reviled Chandra that he would lose his magnificence and brilliance. But since of a moon without brilliance and magnificence the whole world ended up noticeably dormant.  Bothered by all this, Chandra came down to Prabhasa with Rohini and revered the Sparsa Linga of Somnath after which he was honored by Shiva to develop and sparkle in the brilliant half. As the moon recovered his light here, this town came to be known as Prabhasa. Brahma, one of the trinity, introduced the Brahmashila, and cleared path for the development of the sanctuary. On the demand of the Chandrama and different divine beings Lord Shankar accepted the name Somchandra (Jyotirlinga) and lived there everlastingly. He wound up plainly acclaimed by the name Somnath in the three universes. Since, it was the Prabhas Kshetra where Bhagwan Shri Krishna played out all his Lilas. In this sanctuary, there is a little cave which has a light burning consistently.

The Skanda Purana portrays the Sparsa Linga of Somnath as splendid as the sun, the span of an egg, stopped underground. The Mahabharata likewise alludes to the Prabhasa Kshetra and the legend of the moon revering Shiva.

Scouring and Rebuilding of Somnath Jyotirlinga

Somnath Jyotirling has been crushed and modified various instances in the history:

•Accounts of grandness and abundance of Somnath by the Arab explorer Al Biruni incited a visit by Mahmud of Ghazini who stripped and pulverized the sanctuary in 1025 CE. It was promptly revamped by King Bhima of Gujarat and King Bhoja of Malwa.

•Somnath sanctuary was devastated again by Alaf Khan, the general of Allauddin Khilji in 1300 CE. It was revamped again by King Mahipala of the Chudasama tradition.

•Somnath sanctuary was decimated once more in 1390, 1490, 1530 lastly in 1701 by Aurangazeb. It was modified with tirelessness each time after it was obliterated.