SOMNATH

SOMNATH

Among the following 12 Jyotirlingas, Somnath temple is the first in the twelve jyotirlingas, which is located at the Veraval port – Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra – Gujarat.

(1) Somnath (2) Srishaila Mallikarjuna (3) Ujjain Mahakal (4) Omkar-Mamaleshwar
(5) Vaidyanath (6) Bhimashankar (7) Rameshwaram (8) Nageshwar
(9) Vishvanath (10) Tryambak (11) Kedarnath (12) Grishneshwar

In the Shivapurana and the Nandi Upapurana, Lord Shiva is quoted as saying “ I am omanipresent, but I am especially in twelve forms and places. “ These places are known as Jyotirlingas, and Somnath is the first to be found in the World. Around the Linga the Moon God Soma built a mythical Temple of Gold as an ode to Lord Shiva’s glory and compassion. Like the waxing and waning moon, and fittingly for a place associated with Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance of creative destruction, the Somnath Temple has risen unfailingly from repeated acts of devastation.

According to puranic legend, soma, the Moon , Married 27 sisters but favoured  one to the neglect of the others. Their father Daksh Prajapati, therefore cursed him to have his brilliance consumed by the Darkness of Night. Stricken with grief, The Moon went to Holy places, trying to alleviate his pain, but to no avail. At last he came here and worshipped Shiva with great Devotion for 4000 years. Shiva took pity on him and felt that he should come in brilliancy for only 15 days in a month, recovering his lost  splendour in the following fortnight . Overcome with gratitude, the Moon erected at Golden Temple to Shiva over the previously existing Jyotirlinga. As the Moon regained his brilliancy at Bhas at this site, it was named “Prabhas” , which means “The exceedingly Brilliant.”

What To See And Do

GITA MANDIR:

The holy place of Gita Mandir is believed to be the one where lord Krishna and his brother Balaram sacrificed their body, where lord Krishna voyaged to heaven and brother Balram is considered to have him transformed into ‘Sheeshnag’.

BHALKA TIRTH:

Bhalka Tirtha located in the Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, is the place where Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter named Jara, after which he is said to have left the earth for the heavenly abode, an act referred to in the Puranas as Shri Krishn Neejdham Prasthan Leela.

According to Mahabharata, the Kurukshetra war resulted in the death of all the hundred sons of Gandhari. On the night before Duryodhana’s death, Krishna visited Gandhari to offer his condolences. Gandhari felt that Krishna knowingly did not put an end to the war, and in a fit of rage and sorrow, Gandhari cursed that Krishna, along with everyone else from the Yadu dynasty, would perish after 36 years. Krishna himself knew and wanted this to happen as he felt that the Yadavas had become very haughty and arrogant, so he ended Gandhari’s speech by saying “tathastu”.

After 36 years passed, a fight broke out between the Yadavas, at a festival, who killed each other. His elder brother, Balarama, then gave up his body using Yoga. Krishna retired into the forest and started meditating under a tree. The Mahabharata also narrates the story of a hunter who becomes an instrument for Krishna’s departure from the world. The hunter Jara, mistook Krishna’s partly visible left foot for that of a deer, and shot an arrow, wounding him mortally. The place of this incident is believed to be Bhalka, near Somnath temple.

Where To Stay

Many hotels are available in Somnath and Veraval.

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How To Get Around

BY RAIL:
Nearest Rly. Station is Veraval, which is 06 km from Somnath Temple.

AIR:
Nearest Air Port is Diu which is 100 km away. Daily flight to Mumbai is available.

BY RAIL:
Nearest Rly. Station is Veraval, which is 06 km from Somnath Temple.

By road Somnah-Veraval is connected to Rajkot and Dwarka.

BY ROAD::
JUNAGADH 79 KM
RAJKOT 181 KM
AHMEDABAD 406 KM
DWARKA 230 KM

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