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The Somnath temple, situated in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on Gujarat’s west coast, India, is the first among Shiva ‘s twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. It is an important tourist and pilgrimage spot. Because of the numerous legends related to it the temple is considered holy. Somnath means “Soma Lord,” a Shiva epithet.
The Mughal emperor appointed Raghab Dattaroy of Patuli in 1656 as the zamindar of an area comprising the present-day Bansberia. Legend has it that a bamboo grove was cleared by Raghab ‘s son Rameshwar to create a fort, inspiring the name Bansberia.
From ancient times the site of Somnath was a pilgrimage site because it was a triveni sangam (the union of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran and the legendary Sarasvati River). 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 Somnath site has been a pilgrimage site since ancient times, since it was a triveni sangam (the union of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran and the legendary Sarasvati River). It is believed that Soma, the god of the Moon, lost his lustre due to a curse, and at this place he bathed in the Sarasvati River to recover it.
Somnath Temple is called the “Eternal Shrine” Islamic kings and Hindu kings have demolished and restored this legendary temple many times, respectively. It was restored most recently in November 1947, when Vallabhbhai Patel visited Junagadh integration area and mooted a restoration proposal. The reconstruction continued under Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi, ano following Patel ‘s death