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The Somnath Temple- A Historical Place.

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The Somnath Temple.

There is a famous story, once upon a time, there was a debate between Brahma and Lord Vishnu as to who is the supreme deity. There was no end to this debate. Then Lord Shiva appeared as a pillar of light and asked everyone to find an end to this debate. It is believed that Jyotirlinga was established at the places where these pillars of light fell. There are 12 Jyotirlingas in India -

1. Somnath Jyotirlinga, Gujarat

2. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Andhra Pradesh.

3. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling, Madhya Pradesh.

4. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh.

5. Kedarnath Jyotirling, Uttarakhand.

6. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Maharashtra.

7. Vishwanath Jyotirling, Uttar Pradesh

8. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, Nashik

9. Ghumeshwar Jyotirling, Maharashtra

10. Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Trichanapally

11. Nageshwar Jyotirling, Gujarat

12. Vaidyanath Jyotirling, Jharkhand

In this article, we are giving you information about Somnath.

This grand Somnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the Saurashtra region of the western state of Gujarat in India. The area on which this temple is situated. He is known as Prabhas Patan. It has been told in the Rigveda, the oldest Veda of India, that this temple was built by a king named Somdev or Chandradev in BC. This temple was named Somnath after his name. Located in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, this temple is situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea.

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A look at the history

This is the only temple in history that was attacked most times. Somnath temple is no less than a miraculous temple. How many times external invaders destroyed this temple. It was rebuilt many times. It is believed that this temple was attacked 17 more times and this temple was rebuilt 7 times.

It was last reconstructed after independence in 1947. When was the Somnath temple built? No written information or evidence has been found in this regard. For this reason, its information is still unknown. According to ancient texts, Somnath was built in BC. But around 650 AD, the Maitri kings of Vallabhi renovated this temple and built a second temple.

After which this temple was attacked for the first time in 725 AD by Al Junaid, the Arab ruler of Sindh. Al Junaid destroyed this temple. All the property was taken away from here. There is no historical evidence of this attack. After this invasion, it is believed that in 815 AD, the Gurjara Pratihar ruler Nagabhatta II became Who reconstructed this temple for the third time.

Major attractions around Somnath

Somnath Beach

Somnath Beach is quite a wonderful place to relax and unwind yourself. It is worth noting that the water around this place is absolutely not recommended for swimming due to the high and violent waves. The view of the sunset here in the evening is amazing.

Panch Pandav cave

Discovered by a saint named Baba Narayandas, this place is dedicated to the five Pandava brothers. It's really interesting to know that. The view of the entire city can be easily seen from this place.

Laxminarayan Temple

The main feature of this temple is that it is famous for those 18 pillars. On which the inscriptions of Bhagavad Gita have been engraved.

Chorwad beach

It would not be wrong to say that, Chorwad Beach is indeed one of the most culturally rich places to experience in Gujarat. However, the water of this place is also not at all suitable for swimming.

Suraj Mandir

Situated near Triveni Ghat, it is actually one of the only Sun temples located here. Anyone who is spiritually inclined will love the aura of this place.

Ahilya Bai Temple

This temple was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in the late 18th century. To the right of the Somnath temple, there is a narrow lane that leads to a small domed temple. There is a Shivling inside this temple. Some people believe that the Shivling here is the original Shivling of Somnath.

Somnath is a beautiful historical place in India and one should definitely visit over there.


Swati Sharma (author) from India on July 06, 2021:

Yes, Peggy Woods,

It is actually beautiful, thank you for visiting my article.

Swati Sharma (author) from India on July 06, 2021:

Thank you so much for your golden words, Pamela Oglesby.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2021:

That is surely a beautiful temple! Thanks for telling us about it and what there is around it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2021:

The Somnath is absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed this article, Swati. There are so many things to dos in this area. It is a shame it was ever attacked. Thank you for this beautiful article.

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