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Somnath Jyotirlinga:

Shiva Meditation:

- I meditate on the Somnath Jyotirlinga in Prabhasa Kshetra where Lord Shiva appeared, and relieved Chandra deva from the curse of Daksha.

- I meditate on the holy place of Somnath where Chandra deva performed penance for six months by reciting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra ten crores of times and worshipped Lord Shiva.

- I meditate on the Chandra Kunda at Somnath which relieves one from diseases like consumption and leprosy when one bathes in it.

- I meditate on the holy place of Prabhasa Kshetra, by performing pradakshina of which a person becomes shuddhatma (of pure mind).

(Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita 14)

Somnath Jyotirlinga:

Shiva Somnath Jyotirlinga Events:

Shiva Purana (Koti Rudra Samhita 14): Daksha marries his daughters to Chandra: Somanatha is the first Jyotirlinga. According to legend, Daksha married his 27 daughters to Chandra. Having obtained Chandra as their husband the girls were happy. Similarly Chandra was also happy.

Chandra loves only Rohini neglecting the other wives: However, of all the 27 wives, Chandra loved only Rohini (and neglected the others). The other wives with sorrowful heart went to their father and narrated their sorrows.

Daksha advices Chandra to be kind towards all wives: Daksha also felt sad hearing their tales. He went to Chandra and asked him to be kind towards all his wives, and not repeat such impartial behaviour in future. Chandra however was overpowered by Shiva Maya and did not follow the advice of Daksha. Being attracted towards Rohini, he did not honour the other wives as before.

Daksha curses Chandra to suffer from Kshaya Roga: Daksha arrived at the abode of Chandra and cursed him to suffer from Kshaya Roga (disease of consumption). The curse took immediate effect and Chandra became infected with the disease of consumption.

Gods and sages goes to Lord Brahma to find a remedy: All the sages and gods became worried. They went to Lord Brahma to seek his refuge. Lord Brahma told them about the earlier misdeeds of Chandra (like kidnapping Tara, the wife of Brihaspati) and said that this suffering will check his misconducts. Lord Brahma also told about the remedy. If Chandra goes to Prabhasa Kshetra and worships Lord Shiva by performing Mrityunjaya Puja, then by the grace of Lord Shiva, he can get rid of this ailment.

Chandra goes to Prabhasa Kshetra and performs Tapas: According to the advice of Lord Brahma, Chandra went to Prabhasa Kshetra. The gods and the sages had earlier invoked all tirthas there including Saraswati for the tapas of Chandra. Chandra performed tapas there for six months uninterruptedly by worshipping the Vrishabha Dhwaja (the one with bull as the emblem, i.e. Lord Shiva) with Mrityunjaya Mantra. He recited the Mrityunjaya Mantra ten crores of times and meditated on that mantra with a still mind.

Shiva gives darshan to Chandra: Shiva was pleased with his tapas and appeared before Chandra. Shiva told him to ask for a boon. Chandra asked the Lord to rid him of the disease of consumption. Shiva relieved Chandra from the curse. He (Shiva) said that in one paksha (fortnight) his kala will get reduced gradually, and in the next paksha his kala will increase gradually.

Shiva stays in Prabhasa Kshetra as Someshwara (Somanatha Jyotirlinga): All the gods and sages reached there and blessed Chandra. Then they offered their salutations to Lord Shiva and requested Him to stay there with Devi Parvati. Chandra deva also eulogised the Lord. Shiva was pleased with them and stayed there in the form of Someshwara (Somanatha Jyotirlinga) which became famous in the three worlds. Those who worship Lord Shiva there are relieved from diseases like consumption, leprosy etc. The gods created a kunda there known as Chandra Kunda. Persons who take bath there becomes free from all sins. By taking bath in that kunda for six months, a person gets cured from incurable diseases like consumption. Performing pradakshina (circumambulation) of Prabhasa Kshetra is equivalent to performing parikrama of the whole world. The person becomes shuddhatma (of pure mind) and after death goes to heaven. By looking at Soma Linga, a person gets freed from all sins. His desires are fulfilled and after death goes to heaven.

Somnath Jyotirlinga (Prabhasa Kshetra):

Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga, Prabhasa Kshetra, near Veraval, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath, Gujarat Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga, Prabhasa Kshetra, near Veraval, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat The Somnath Jyotirlinga is identified with the Somnath temple in Prabhasa Kshetra near Veraval in Saurashtra. It is in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat.

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