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MyJyotish expert Updated 27 Apr 2021 12:03 PM IST
Somnath Temple
Somnath Temple - Photo : GOOGLE
The Somnath sanctuary (otherwise called the Deo Patan) situated in Veraval in Saurashtra on the western bank of Gujarat, India is accepted to be the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga holy places of Shiva. Earlier this area was also known as Prabhaskshetra. It was here hunter Zara killed Lord Krishna.

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It is a significant journey and place of interest of Gujarat. Reproduced a few times in the past after rehashed annihilation by a few Muslim intruders and rulers, the present mandir was remade in the Chaulukya style of Hindu sanctuary engineering and finished in May 1951. The recreation was begun compelled of the Home Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel and finished after his passing. By and by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is the administrator of Somnath Mandir trust.

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. They all narrated there story to their father. Daksha Prajapati explained Chandradev in many ways about this. But it did not have any effect on his heart towards Rohini. Daksha eventually became enraged and cursed him to be 'decayed'. Chandradev was instantly decayed due to this curse. As soon as he decayed, all their work of improving the cold precipitation on the earth stopped. There was tussle in every place. Moon was also very sad and worried. Hearing his prayers, the Indra and the sages etc. went to Lord Brahma for their salvation. After listening to all the things, Brahma said- 'Moon should worship Lord Shiva with the other gods for curse-release by going to the holy place for worship. By his grace, your curse will surely be destroyed.
According to Bharma statement, Chandra Deva whole heartedly worshiped the Shiva. He chanted the MahaMritunjaya Mantra ten million times while doing austere penance. 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 boon, as well as the words of Prajapati Daksh will be protected. 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 live here forever for the salvation of the souls. Lord Shiva accepted his prayer and started living here as Jyotirlinga with Mata Parvatiji.
Somnath Temple is a major tourist spot in Gujrat. Its beauty is invincible to resist. A beautiful sculputure with amalgamation of Indian art and culture. Truly a place to visit.
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