Somnath temple is a Hindu temple in Gujarat, India, located in Prabhas Patan, Veraval. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage places for Hindus and is thought to be the first of Shiva’s 12 jyotirlinga in India. The temple is located on the western coast of the Indian subcontinent, near the Arabian Sea.
Somnath temple is situated on the western coast of the Indian subcontinent, on the Arabian Sea. This pilgrimage is one of the earliest and is mentioned in ancient literature such as Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagvat, Shivpuran, and others. Somnath means “Lord of the Moon.
The temple of Somnath is believed to have existed 2000 years ago. In 649 AD, King Maitre of Vallabhini erected and refurbished a second temple in place of the original. In 725, the ancient monarch of Sindh sent his army to attack and destroy the temple.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, colonial era historians and archaeologists intensively examined the Somnath temple ruins, which depicted a mediaeval Hindu temple in the process of being converted into an Islamic mosque. The current temple was constructed over a five-year period, from 1947 to 1951. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then-President of India, inaugurated it once it was completed.
On November 13, 1947, India’s Iron Man and First Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel promised for the reconstruction of the temple. The Somnath Temple of today is situated on its original seventh-place location. The Indian President at the time, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, dedicated the temple to the nation on December 1, 1995, after it had been reconstructed. When Rajendra Prasad suggested to purify Jyotirling in 1951, India’s first president Dr.
This Somnath temple is a representation of the victory over construction over destruction. The Shri Somnath Trust, which oversaw the temple’s construction, continues to keep a watch on it. Former chief minister Keshubhai Patel currently serves as the trust’s chairman; Sardar Patel served as the organization’s inaugural chairman.