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What-s the history of the Somnath Temple?


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The temple has gone through multiple destructions. Like I said it is like a phoenix bird and every time the temple was destroyed, people came forward to build the temple. Somnath is the first Jyotirlinga shrine, that could have been a reason. Or just the beauty of the temple standing by the Arabian Sea would have drawn the people to never give up on this temple. According to the light and sound show, the first temple was built of gold by the moon, the second temple was built by Ravana out of silver and the third temple was built of sandalwood by Krishna during Dwapara Yuga. And according to historical texts, the second temple was built by Yadava kings of Vallabhi which was destroyed by Arab governor of Sindh. The Somnath Temple attack by Mahmud of Ghazni is considered to be one of the worst. He looted the temple of its gold and burnt down the wooden temple. It is also said that he killed nearly 50,000 devotees who stood against the destruction of the temple. The temple was rebuilt again only to be plundered by Portuguese, Delhi Sultanates, Khilji and by Aurangazeb. By 1702 Aurangazeb even ensured nobody came to offer prayers here. The temple has been built and rebuilt six times and in 1947 Sardar Vallabhai Patel proposes to rebuild again. The present structure is the seventh temple and it was inaugurated in 1951 by the then president Dr.Rajendra Prasad. It is also known as “The Eternal Shrine” considering how it withstood time.

JAI BHOLENATH....



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