Junagadh/Veraval, May 10 UNI | 3 months ago

A special 'maha puja' (grand worship) and 'aarti' will be performed tomorrow to celebrate the 63rd 'sthapana diwas' (foundation day after reconstruction) of the famous Somnath temple, situated near Veraval in Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Somnath temple, the first of the 12 'jyotirlingas' temples of Lord Shankar, was reopened after reconstruction on May 11, 1951.

The temple sources said along with 'maha puja' and 'aarti', tributes will be paid at the statue of Sardar Patel near the temple.

The temple was rebuilt when then Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel visited the area on November 13, 1947 for the integration of Junagadh and mooted a plan for restoration of the temple.

Unfortunetly Sardar Patel died on December 15, 1950 before temple's reconstruction work was completed.

On May 11, 1951 the temple reconstruction was completed and sacred ceremony of 'linga pratishtha' (idol installation) was performed by the first President of India Rajendra Prasad.

The Somnath temple, known for its huge wealth, was invaded on several occasions starting from 1024, when the temple was raided by Mahmud Ghazni. It was also attacked by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1706.

(Posted on 11-05-2014)