Somnath Temple, Veraval
The Somnath temple is located in Prabhas Patan, Veraval in Gujarat. Somnath is the first of twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and also one of the most divine pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The history of the temple is the subject of dispute and remains arguable. After India's independence, the Somnath temples construction started under the order of our first Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and was completed in May 1951. Our Present prime minister Shri Narendra Modi is the chairman of Shree Somnath trust. The temple is located along the coastline in Prabhas Pathan near Veraval, Gujarat. The most famous story related to the origin of the temple is, Soma the moon God was married to 27 daughters of King Daksha. He was partial to one of them. This upset the other girls and they took the matter to their father. Daksha was very angry and he cursed Soma that he will fade. Soma was very worried, thus he constructed a Shivling at the Prabhas Tirth and prayed to Lord Shiva for forgiveness and assistance. Lord Shiva removed the curse but partially hence, causing the day and night (12-hour moon arrives and 12 hours it fades). Somnath means the protector of Soma. There is a Mela conducted by the trust on Shivratri which is very famous all over the world. Tourists visit Gujarat especially to take blessing from Shree Somnath Maharaj.
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