Somnath temple

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Overview

Somnath temple is one of the oldest  temples of India. located at the Viraval port, Prabhas Pattan in Saurashtra, Gujarat. In fact it is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva which are considered to be very holy and each of the twelve Jyotrilinga is considered to be the manifestation of the Lord Shiva. Somnath Mandir was built by Ravana fro Rupa in the treda yug and Lord Krishna fro Chandran in . Emperor vikramAditya built the temple in the kali yug.
 
Chandra married the twenty seven daughters of Daksha, but was very partial and showed lot more love and affection to rohini. The remaining twenty six wives not only felt neglected but also insulted. They were disappointed with their husband and went and complained to their father. Daksha was upset to see his daughters suffer thus, and tried twice to convince his son-in-law to change himself, but in vain. He put a curse on him that Chandra would be decreasing in size.
 
According to legend, Soma, the moon God built the temple in gold, Ravan in silver, Krishna in wood and king Bhimdev of Anhilwad in stone. Soma constructed the temple as a gesture after Lord Shiva cured him of his illness. This illness was caused by his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati's curse. 
 
Daksha cursed him to wane as he was infatuated with Rohini and was neglecting the other 26 wives, all 26 of whom were the daughters of Prajapati. It is said that Brahma advised him to build the temple in honour of Shiva. 
 
For worship of the Lord-and Abhishek  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.
 
Saint Agastya, is supposed to have drunk the entire sea near Prabhasapattan. Mythological heroes like Janamejaya, Pandavas, Ravana are supposed to have visited Prabhasapattan Teerth. In the month of Magha  on the day of Shivaratri, Somanath JyotirLinga festival is celebrated with great aplomb.
 
The other names of this famous Somnath Temple are Deo Pattan, Prabhas Pattan, or Somnath Pattan. In the past, the Somnath Temple was known as the treasure trove of wealth and goodies, that were looted away by Muslim rulers. The Somnath Temple is an ideal example of the ancient Indian temple architecture. 
 
Temple Timing : 7am to 8pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way : You can easily get regular buses to Somnath from other major cities of the country.
 
Nearest Railway Station : Somnath Railway Station Veraval, 
 
Nearest Airport :  Diu Airport
 

Location

Country
India
State
Gujarat
City
Junagadh
Location
Junagadh
Address
Somnath temple Saurashtra, Junagadh district, Gujarat
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Somnath temple Saurashtra
Nearest Railway Station
Somna (SOM)
Nearest Airport
Diu Airport
IN
latitude : 20.713100430 longitude :70.921096800
Corporation : Diu
GPS Code : VA1P
Open Year
May 1951
Architect
Hindu temple architecture
Dedicated To
Vallabhbhai Patel
Visiting Hours
7am to 8pm

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