|| Shri Somnath Mahadev Jyotirlinga ||
This jyotirlinga is installed in the world famous temple called Somnath on the sea shore in the Kathiawar region of Gujarat province. Earlier this region was known as Prabhaskshetra. It was here that Lord Sri Krishna made his leela end after making a arrow medium named Zara. The story of Jyotirlinga here is described in the Puranas as follows-
Daksha Prajapati had twenty seven girls. They were all married to Chandradev. But all the affection and love of the moon was only towards Rohini among them. Due to this act, other daughters of Daksha Prajapati were very unhappy. He narrated his story to his father. Daksha Prajapati explained Chandradev in many ways for this.
But it had no effect on his heart under Rohini. Daksha eventually became enraged and cursed him to be 'decayed'. Chandradev immediately decayed due to this curse. As soon as they were decayed, all their work of improving the cold on the earth stopped. There was a tussle in every place. Moon was also very sad and worried.
Hearing their prayers, the Gods, Vashishth and the sages etc. went to the grandfather Brahma for their salvation. After listening to all the things, Brahma said- 'Moon should worship Lord Shiva with the other gods for his curse-release by going to the holy place of worship. By their grace, their curse will surely be destroyed and they will become diseased.
According to his statement, Chandra Deva completed the entire work of worshiping the Mrityunjaya god. He chanted Mrityunjaya Mantra ten million times while doing austerity. Pleased with this, Mrityunjaya - Lord Shiva granted him the boon of immortality. He said- 'Chandradev! You don't grieve You will be cursed and saved by my groom, as well as the words of Prajapati Daksh will be protected.
Every day, every one of your art in Krishna Paksha will be weakened, but again in the Shukla Paksha, each one of your art will increase. In this way every full moon you will get full moonlight. ' The people of all the worlds were pleased with this boon received by the Moon. Sudhakar Chandradev again started doing the work of Sudha-precipitation in ten directions.
Freeing the curse, Chandradev, along with other gods, prayed to the Shiva that you along with Goddess Satiji could live here forever for the salvation of life. Lord Shiva accepted his prayer and started living here with Jyotirlinga as
The glory of this Somnath-Jyotirlinga situated in the holy Prabhaskshetra is explained in detail in Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagwat and Skandapurana etc. One name of the moon is also Som, he did penance here, considering Lord Shiva as his Nath-lord.