The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat . It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Somnath temple is the first among the 12 jothirlingams .
In the Somnath mandir the main deity is the huge lingam well decorated with chandan and kumkum with his consort Goddess Parvathi backside of the lingam , Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugar on both sides .
The site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni sangam (the confluence of three rivers: Kapila, Hiran and Saraswathi).
The architect of the temple is amazing and it is said to be ruined several times and has been rebuilt again .
New mandir has main deity Somnath lingam and Goddess Parvathi back of the lingam and Lord Vishnu inside the main sanctum . We couldn’t come around the temple as light and sound shows has started only those having the shows tickets were allowed , we returned back and collected our bags mobiles and photos .
Soma, the Moon god, is believed to have lost his lustre due to a curse, and he bathed in the Saraswathi River at this site to regain it. The result is the waxing and waning of the moon, no doubt an allusion to the waxing and waning of the tides at this seashore location. The name of the town Prabhas, meaning lustre, as well as the alternative names Someshvar and Somnath (“The lord of the moon” or “the moon god”) arise from this tradition .
Legend goes that the moon was married to the 27 daughters of Daksha Prajapati. He was partial to Rohini, his favorite and neglected the others. An angered Daksha cursed him to wane into nothingness. A disturbed Chandra, came down to Prabhasa with Rohini and worshipped the Sparsa Linga of Somnath after which he was blessed by Shiva to grow and shine in the bright half. As the moon regained his light here, this town came to be known as Prabhasa. Bhrama, one of the trinity, installed the Bhramasila, and paved way for the construction of the temple.
The old Somnath mandir is opposite to the new Somnath mandir . Inside the main sanctum is the lingam of 3 feet height along with Saraswathy Ganga matha Mahalakshmi and Parvathi. There is a seperate shrine for Goddess annapoorni. In old Somnath mandir we were allowed inside the main sanctum and allowed to touch the lingam and do milk abhishegam.
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