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Pilgrimages and Temples of Gujarat


1. Jyotirlingas:

  1. Somnath Temple, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Somanatha Jyotirlinga: Prabhasa Kshetra - Somnath Temple (Gir Somnath district): A Jyotirlinga [Somanatha Jyotirlinga] (JL-1) mentioned in Shiva Purana and other ancient texts.
    • Somanatha Jyotirlinga is situated in Prabhasa Kshetra. Chandra deva performed penance there worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva appeared there and relieved Chandra deva from the curse of Daksha.
    - Chandra deva performed penance at Prabhasa Kshetra by reciting the Mrityunjaya Mantra ten crores of times and meditating on it. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)
    - Lord Shiva relieved Chandra deva from the disease of consumption due to the curse of Daksha. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)
    - The gods created a kunda there known as Chandra Kunda. By taking bath in that kunda for six months, a person gets cured from incurable diseases like consumption. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)
    - By looking at the Soma Linga, a person gets freed from all sins. His desires are fulfilled and after death goes to heaven. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)
    - Sacred Geography: Prabhasa Kshetra is situated near the Sea shore. There is a Chandra Kunda inside the Somnath Temple.


  2. Nageshwar Temple, Devbhoomi Dwarka district, Gujarat Nageshwara Jyotirlinga: Dwarka - Nageshwar Temple (Devbhoomi Dwarka district): A Jyotirlinga [Nageshwara Jyotirlinga] (JL-10) mentioned in Shiva Purana and other ancient texts.
    • Nageshwara Jyotirlinga was situated in the ancient Daruka Vana. Vaishya devotee Supriya worshipped Lord Shiva there in a Parthiva Linga for six months inside the prison of demon Daruka. Lord Shiva appeared there and protected Supriya from demon Daruka. Demoness Darukaa had earlier worshipped Devi Parvati in Daruka Vana and obtained a boon of moving the forest wherever she liked. Later she meditated on Devi Parvati again and got a boon of protecting the demon race.
    - Demoness Darukaa worshipped Devi Parvati in Daruka Vana and obtained the boon of moving the forest. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29 to 30)
    - When demon Daruka imprisoned merchant devotee Supriya in Daruka Vana, he created a Parthiva Linga and worshipped Lord Shiva for six months inside the prison. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29 to 30)
    - Lord Shiva protected devotee Supriya from demon Daruka by giving him the Pashupata astra. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29 to 30)
    - Shiva - Parvati abided in Daruka Vana forest as Nageshwara and Nageshwari. (Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29 to 30)
    - Sacred Geography: The puranic sacred geography is the forest of Daruka Vana on the coast of a Sea shore.



2. Shakti Peetha:

  1. Prabhasa Shakti Peetha: Prabhasa Triveni Sangam, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Prabhasa - Devi Chandrabhaga (Gir Somnath district): A Shakti Peetha [Prabhasa Shakti Peetha] (SP-38)
    - Where the Udara (Stomach) of Devi had fallen. (Peetha Nirnaya Tantra)
    - Devi is known as Chandrabhaga and the Bhairava is called Vakratunda. (Peetha Nirnaya Tantra)


3. Places associated with Sri Krishna:

  1. Dwarka Krishna Temple, Devbhoomi Dwarka district, Gujarat Dwarka - Krishna Pilgrimage (Devbhoomi Dwarka district): A Moksha Puri, a Divya Desam [Thiru Dwaraka Divya Desam] (DD-73) and an All India Char Dham.
    - Sri Krishna established his kingdom at Dwaraka. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 50)

  2. Bhalka Teertha, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Prabhasa Kshetra - Bhalka Teertha (Gir Somnath district)
    - Sri Krishna was hit by an arrow released by hunter Jara at Prabhasa Kshetra. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 11 - 30 to 31)

  3. Dehotsarga Teertha, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Prabhasa Kshetra - Dehotsarga Teertha (Gir Somnath district)
    - Sri Krishna gave up his mortal body at Dehotsarg Teertha.



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