Sri Somnath Jyothirlinga

Prabhas Patan, also known as Somnath Patan, is an area situated in Verval, Gir Somnath district. Somnath, which is around 415 Km west of Ahmedabad, is located here.

The important temples to be visited in Somnath are 1) Ajapaleshwari Temple 2) Daityasudan Temple 3) Somnath Old Mandir by Ahilyabai 4) Shree Somnath Jyothirlinga Temple and finally 5) Triveni Sangamam

All the important temples are located within a radius of 1 km and can be covered by walk easily. The toursits will be alighted mostly opposite to Lilavathi Guest House.

Ajapaleshwari Temple is located just 50 m from Lilavathi Guest House. It will not look like a traditional temple. The entrance to the temple will look like entrance of a house. Ajapaleshwari Maa is better known as Renuka Mata, spouse of Jamadagni Rishi. There is a small pond in front of the temple. It is beleived that Parashurama Rishi, the last Son of Jamadagni Rishi, took bath in this pond after beheading his mother Renuka Mata.

Daityasudan Temple is located just 750m from Ajapaleshwari Temple. It is an ancient temple from the 7th Century AD with the Deity of Lord Narayanan. Daityasudan is beleived to be the Family Deity (Kuladeivam) for Sourashtrians. The temple priest will treat us friendly and specially when we ID ourselves as Sourashtrians from Madurai.

The House and Petty shops opposite to Daityasudan temple will remind Madurai and Emaneshwaram. The flight (steps) to the main entrance of the house resembles the steps we can see in Kanpalayam streets of Madurai. Similalry, the Petty shops resemble those we can see at Emaneshwaram and Paramakkudi, even today. So, remember to note this when you are at Daiyatsudan temple, for it may remind our origin.

House and Petty shops opposite to Daiytasudan temple

Old Mandir by Ahilyabai is located at just opposite to the New Somnath Temple, a structure that has witnessed painful history of this land. In the 17th century this temple came under the rule of the Marathas. It is said that Queen Ahilyabai Holkar was deeply moved by the ravaged state of the temple and took on herself the task of reconstructing it. It is also said that the location of the swayambhulinga came in Ahilyabai’s dreams post which she started the construction immediately. Many Hindus believe that this temple contains the original Jyotirling which was buried assuming that the original temple would be raided. Unlike the new Somnath Temple, everybody is allowed to enter the garbagriha and perform pooja with the help of the local priest. The Aarti offered here is accompanied by multiple musical instruments including damroos and makes for a tantalising experience.

New Sommath Mandir located opposite to Old Mandir is believed to be the First among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.

Soma, the Moon god, is believed to have lost his lustre due to a curse, and he bathed in the Sarasvati River at this site to regain it. The name of the town Prabhas (प्रभास्), meaning lustre in Sanskrit, as well as the alternative names Someshvar and Somnath ("The lord of the moon" or "the moon god") arise from this tradition.

It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat and also assumes most sacred place for all Sourashtrians. Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders and rulers,the present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The reconstruction was started under the orders of the Home Minister of India Vallabhbhai Patel and completed after his death.

There is a Sound and Light show which starts after Aarthi, around 7.30 pm. But, it is not much impressive compared to Madurai Thirumalai Naikar Mahal show.

Sri Somnath Jyothirlinga temple

The main idol of Sri Somnath Jyothirlinga temple

Triveni Sangam is located just 1.5 km from Lilavathi Guest house. Three holy rivers viz., Saraswati, Kapil and Hiran confluence here. These three rivers represent the three stages of the life - birth, life and death. The "Snanghat" is the sacred place for taking a divine and sin cleansing dip and also for offering ‘Pitru - tarpana’ for the departed ancestors. It is beleived that Lord Krishna walked to this holy place after he was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter Jara at Bhalka tirth.

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