What is the history of Somnath?
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Somnath was earlier known as Prabhas Patan and Deo Pattan in earlier times. Somnath as a place is very rich in terms of the rich cultural heritage, lifestyle, customs and rituals of the place. The city as whole has seen many invasions from different dynasties and rulers, and was destroyed and rebuilt many times. The city was invaded by numerous foreign rulers; the city of Somnath has witnessed ample destruction.
Somnath was looted by Mahmud of Ghazni, and later on by Alaf Khan, the temple has been destroyed almost seventeen times. Even today the city has its own distinct charm with much ease.
The history of the Somnath temple goes back a few hundreds of years ago when the Moon God got married to 27 daughters of King Daksha. Out of his 27 wives, one was highly favored whilst the others were neglected by the king. The king was cursed by King Daksha; the Moon God then sought deliverance from the curse at the Jyotirlinga.
The moon was blessed by Lord Shiva, and was thus partially free of the curse, thus explaining the eternal cycle of the moon. The temple of Somnath was dedicated to Lord Shiva.
People also believe that the beautiful temple was first built in gold by the Moon God. After it was razed to the ground, the temple was then rebuilt in silver by Ravana. The temple was later reconstructed once again in wood by Lord Krishna and finally erected in stone by Bhimdev.
Shrine Eternal- The temple was later reconstructed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the year 1947. The city is more famous from a religious standpoint. The people are quite simple and respect traditions and culture. Listen to the he rhythmic ringing of bells and the melodious beating of drums and the harmony of Shiva Bhajans (hymns) just make you feel positive and full of energy and simply rejuvenate you.