First we will explain you about the Jyothirlinga. Originally there were 64 Jyothirlingas while 12 of them are considered to be very prestigious and holy. They are set of 12 Shiva Temples spread all over India and considered holiest for Shiva devotee.
The Somnath Temple is a very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located near Veraval, in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat. It is considered to be one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” (lighted lingas), which is a symbol of Shiva.
You all must have heard about the Somnath temple, but here are popular legends, mythology and the jaw dropping facts about the Temple that will make you scratch your head.
Mythology: Chandra (Moon) Was Cursed By His Father In Law
The legend of Somnath temple mythology is related to moon god and curse of his father in law Daksha prajapati. Daksha had 89 daughters and Chandra(moon) married 27 of them. However moon loved Rohini a little more than the other queens and this angered Daksha Prajapati. He cursed moon because of which moon lost its brightness.
With an advice from Brahma Deva, moon took a holy dip at the site of Prabhas Patan, which is also a confluence of three holy rivers – Hiran, Kapila and the mythical river Saraswati, and prayed to Lord Shiva. Shiva then redeemed him of his curse.
Poplular Legend- The temple was built again by Ravana (The Demon King), Lord Krishna & King Bhmedev
Though Somnath temple is at least over 10 centuries old, its timeline cannot be correctly traced back because it has been built and destroyed and rebuilt about six times in the past.
- Ravana (Shiva devotee) rebuilt it in silver during Tretayug (one of four ages of mankind in philosophy).
- Lord Krishna used sandalwood to build this temple in Dwaparyug.
- Around 10th century, King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty rebuilt the Somnath Temple in stone.
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