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Have you visited Somnath temple in Gujarat? Discover his lesser-known interesting facts

Somnath Gujarat Temple : Have you ever been to Somnath temple in Gujarat? Famous pilgrimage site of India, especially for Hindus, the legendary temple is located by the Arabian Sea. In the middle of the multiple wonders of the place, there is an idol which would have been found in the middle of the temple without any structure to support it from below or hang it from above. Want to know more interesting details? Then read on.Also Read – 5 Key Points You Need To Know About Jammu Airport’s New COVID Testing Rules

Somnath Temple, Gujarat (Image: Pixabay)

Lesser Known Facts About Somnath Temple in Gujarat which Draws Visitors from All Over the World

In fact, there are numerous chronicles attesting that all who witnessed the floating idol were struck with immense astonishment. Many ancient writings point out that this ebb and flow of the tide was seen as a form of worship that the sea wished to render to the idol. For centuries, the idol and temple have remained outside, becoming one of India’s most revered pilgrimage sites. Also Read – 7 Amazing Religious Places In Delhi To Boost Your Spiritual Appetite

Despite repeated attempts to raze the temple by marauders from different parts of Asia, the iconic temple stands proud and great on its own – which in itself is a testament to the fact that faith can never be subdued because of terror, and forever remains a testimony to the values ​​of humanity for centuries. Also Read – Planning to Visit Andaman? Check the latest Covid requirements

One of Lord Shiva’s 12 holiest Jyotirlinga shrines

Somnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva which are considered very holy because each of the twelve Jyotirlinga is considered the manifestation of Lord Shiva himself. To the uninitiated, it had been repeatedly desecrated and vandalized by Muslim invaders. However, each time it has been rebuilt on the same site. The modern temple was built over five years – from 1947 to 1951. It was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad.

The glorious past

Despite numerous failed attempts at marauders and the negligence of local princely rulers over the past millennium, India’s first independent government under the visible and arduous efforts of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel led the renovation and construction of the temple as it stands today. ‘hui. Over the past 15 years, the state government has visibly scaled up plans and programs that would give new impetus to the temple complex.

Serious efforts to meticulously maintain the idol and create neat gilding around it in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum finally came to fruition after about two decades of hard work. In fact, recent years have seen an exponential increase in the number of pilgrims visiting the temple complex.

Triveni Sangam

Well, according to historians, the site of this legendary temple has been a place of pilgrimage since ancient times due to being a Triveni Sangam (the junction of three rivers – Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Saraswati). It is believed that Soma, the moon god, lost his shine due to a curse and he bathed in the Saraswati river at this site to regain the same. Subsequently, the result is the growth and decrease of the moon or the increase and decrease of the tides at this place by the sea. Did you know that?

Focus on tourism

Attendance has increased dramatically over the years due to the gradual but significant improvements in refurbishment and provision of other world class facilities.

A renewed emphasis on tourism has opened up the possibility of developing religious and spiritual places to further ensure that people come together in a way that further contributes to harmony, development and instilling the state of mind of the collective good to individuals. With the novel “Bharat Jodo Aandolan (Connect India Movement)” that the government has launched, the idea is to connect the glory of our past to also lay a solid foundation for our solid future. In the spirit of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat (One India, Supreme India)” efforts are being made to feed primarily the Char Dhams, Shaktipeeths as well as other important shrines.

In addition to the new program, 15 projects worth Rs 100 crore have already been completed under the PRASAD program which is boosting international tourism to developing tours across India as well. To speed up travel for enthusiastic foreigners, initiatives such as electronic visa applications and visa on arrival have been put in place, along with a substantial reduction in GST rates for the hospitality industry.

A way forward

Reviving the cultural glory that besets our nation through modern infrastructure and technology is a proven strategy that has shown strong results in the past, in other countries with a deep cultural backdrop. With the initiatives of Sardar Patel and Lokmata Holkar in place, this is what modern nation-building architects should be inspired by. The development of the Ramayana circuit as well as the Buddha circuit enabled the next generation, engrossed in addicting technological devices, to be able to witness the wonders of these great personalities in person with ready-made lessons in the practical sense. of the term on these circuits.

In addition, it is the recently inaugurated Somnath Exhibition Center with its incredible renovation that gives us reason to be sure that the development of these circuits would only be further strengthened in order to connect the wider Indian population with the rich cultural heritage. that we are so proud to own.

With these structured mechanisms in place, the government has established a solid foundation that would allow better development of the tourism industry and add a new dimension of spiritual and religious tourism to it.

(With IANS inputs)