The place to which almighty god has chosen to be his abode for abiding forever in this universe for responding to the prayer of his staunch devotees is always be renowned as an admirable pious place of worshipping. The spirituality seems meeting with serenity and eternity at holy shrines such as the temples where ‘Jyotirlingas’ are erected symbolizing the pillar of light. It is the charisma of lord Shiva that he unveiled on the night of Aridra Nakshatra by transforming himself into a pillar of light that had no ends on either side.  There are twelve Jyotirlingas established at various nooks of India with the symbolic Idol of ‘Jyotirlinga’ signifying the infinite nature of lord Shiva.

Location: Somnath’ connotes ‘the savior lord of Moon’. Somnath Temple is annexed to the Arabian ocean at the western coastal area of Gujarat. It is exactly situated in the Prabhas Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra.

Legends:

  • Once outrageous arguments were bursting between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma claiming the supremacy of this universe. Lord Shiva, as a mediocre, pierced a pillar of light and challenged to find its end. Both led to opposite directions from which lord Brahma went to upwards whereas lord Vishnu took the way to downward direction. On being asked by Lord Shiva about the end of light pillar later, Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat; on the contrary, Lord Brahma lied. The god of all gods, lord Shiva’s eye went to red representing fiery anger acquiring the shape of the second pillar of light. He cursed Lord Brahma to be expelled from the right of claiming his share in any religious ceremony whereas blessed lord Vishnu to be worshipped till the end of this universe.
  • The word Som is the synonym of Moon in Hindi or Sanskrit. Once, Som was cursed by his father-in-law Daksha to get waned for underestimating his all wives except Rohini. Repenting over his cursed manifestation, Som established a Shivlinga at Prabhas Tirth (Hindu pilgrimage) to get relieved from the curse. Thus, lord Shiva felt pleased with his devotion and removed his curse partly with the promise of resting there till this existing world would meet eternity.

 Description of the temple:

The design of Somnath temple is constructed on the basis of Chalukya Style of architecture. This style is also known as Kailash Mahameru Prasad Style that glimpses to us the skill of Sompura Salats who was the master artisan of Gujarat.