“This is the first among the twelve Jyotirling”. Since the past, Prabhas Patan has been a pilgrimage center, being the confluence of the mythological Saraswati, Hiranya, and Kapila. Legend has it that Lord Shiva’s Kalbhairav linga is situated at Prabhas. It is additionally related to the moon because the Moon God is also said to possess worshipped this Shivling. This is also the rationale why this temple is popularly referred to as Somnath, the one named after the moon. Remains found from the region and descriptions within the writings of Indians and foreigners suggest that the place was a colony of the Aryans within the past. This temple of spiritual also as historical significance is believed to possess been built sometime around AD 4.
In AD 1026, Mahmud of Ghazni first looted the temple, then came Afzal Khan, the commander of Ala-ud-din Khilji and later Aurangzeb. It is said that the temple was looted and destroyed as many as seventeen times. The Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patelwas instrumental within the construction of this temple, an edifice reminding visitors of the splendor of the first Somnath temple. Renowned temple architect Prabhaschandar designed it and therefore the first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad installed the Jyotirling within the new temple on May 11, 1951.
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