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Somnath Temple UPSC NOTE

 

  • The Somnath temple is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  • Located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra, Gujarat.

  • Significance: It is considered the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva, making it one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus.

  • History: The temple has a long and glorious history, dating back to at least the 2nd century BC.

  • It has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times throughout history.

  • Most notably by Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century and again by Mughal emperor

Aurangzeb in the 17th century. 

  • The current structure was built in 1951 using the Chalukya style of architecture.

  • Architecture: The temple is built on a high plinth overlooking the Arabian Sea

  • It is a two-story structure with a sanctum sanctorum that houses the black stone Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. 

  • The temple walls are adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures depicting various Hindu deities and mythological scenes.

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