Temples have important place in Indian culture and religion. Some of the finest and grandest temples that are brilliance of architecture are in India. There are temples older than some religion while some are made of gold; some temples are big enough to accommodate to lot of people.
The Somnath temple in Gujarat is older than most religion in the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Somnath temple was built and destroyed several times. It is believed that first time it was built around 7000 BC purely out of Gold. It is believed that the temple was originally built by the Moon in devotion of Lord Shiva, though it was later destroyed by the Mughals and rebuilt by Hindu rulers. At present, it draws huge amounts of donations every year making it one of the richest.
In most recent time, after the Independence of India, Vallabhbhai Patel, who was the first Home Minister of India found the ruins of temple while traveling in Gujarat. He immediately ordered restoration of the temple. Present day temple is remarkable work of Indian architecture. It is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Hindu. You can reach Somnath from Veraval by 1 hour drive.
In this write up I would like to discuss a number of Interesting facts as well as the legends which are involved to this blessed as well as architecturally amazing temple.
1- The contemporary day this Temple was constructed over the 5 years, that is from the year 1947 to the year 1951 and it was opened by Dr Rajendra Prasad, who was the President of the nation.
2- The Shivalinga of this place of worship is supposed to have been securely hiding inside its hollowness. It is supposed that this paranormal stone was able of making the gold. Alsoit is supposed that this stone had an alchemic as well as radioactive properties as well asit could make a captivating ground around the stone which assisted it remain balancing above the ground.
3- In the sacred religious books like Veda signifies an implication of this temple as it is one of the most well-liked religious sites of our country
4- According tothe pinion of the historians, this religious site has been a well known pilgr image site from an ancient times.Also it was supposed to be one of the meeting point of the three rivers, like the Kapila, the Hiran as well as the fabulous Saraswati. The meeting was known as the famous TriveniSangam .Also it is supposed that in this place where the Soma, the Moon God immersed as well as recuperated his lustre. This consequence is considered to be the waxing as well as the fading of the moon.
5- According to the opinion of the Swami Gajanand Saraswati, the first time temple was constructed 105 years ago.
6- This temple was destructed lot of times-by Mahmud Ghazni in the year 1024, by the sultan Khilji’s army in the year 1296 , by the Muzaffar Shah in the year 1375, and by Mahmud Begada in the year 1451 as well as Aurangzeb in the year 1665.
7- This place of worship is supposed to be positioned at such a position that there is the no ground in the straight-line among the Somnath seashore till the place In the Sanskrit message, found on the Arrow-Pillar named Baan-Stambh raised on the sea-protection wall at the Somnath Temple is affirmed that the temple situates at a point on the Indian piece of land, which is the primary point on the land in the North Poleto the south-pole on that exact longitude.
8- According to opinion of Skanda Purana, Somnath Temple’s name will modify every time the world is recreated. It is supposed while Lord Brahma will form a new world after concluding the current one; Somnath will obtain the name of the PranNath Temple.
9- On the walls of the great Somnath temple, along with the Lord Shiva, there are also the figures of Lord Brahma as well as Vishnu and it is also observed. According to source of the different Purana, answering to the question of the Parvati, Lord Shiva discloses that so far the Somnath has been called 8 no of the times.
10- According to the reference of the popular Skanda Purana, there have been about the 6 no’s Brahmas. This is the period of the 7th no Brahma who is named the Shatan and. Lord Shiva also discloses that in the period of the 7th Yuga, the perfect name of the temple is the Somnath as well as in the last Yuga the Shivlinga was named the Mrityunjay.