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Somanatha Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 14)

Shiva Somnath JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Somanatha Jyotirlinga at Prabhasa Kshetra where Chandradeva performed penance (chanting the Mrityunjaya Mantra) to get relieved of his disease of consumption due to the curse of Daksha. Lord Shiva appeared before him and relieved him of his curse.

Daksha cursing Chandradeva: Daksha marries his 27 daughters to Chandra. Having obtained Chandra as their husband the girls become happy. Similarly Chandra also becomes happy. However, of all the 27 wives, Chandra only loves Rohini and neglects the others. The other wives with sorrowful heart goes to their father and narrates their sorrows. Daksha feels sad hearing their tales. He goes to Chandra and asks him to be kind towards all his wives. He tells not to repeat such impartial behaviour in future. Chandra however becomes overpowered by Shiva Maya and does not follow the advice of Daksha. Being attracted towards Rohini, he does not honour the other wives as before. Daksha arrives at the abode of Chandra and curses him to suffer from Kshaya Roga (disease of consumption). The curse takes immediate effect and Chandra becomes infected with the disease of consumption.

Chandradeva performing penance at Prabhasa Kshetra: All the sages and gods become worried. They go to Lord Brahma to seek his refuge. Lord Brahma tells them about the earlier misdeeds of Chandra (like abducting Tara, the wife of Brihaspati) and says that this suffering will check his misconducts. Lord Brahma also tells 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. According to the advice of Lord Brahma, Chandra goes to Prabhasa Kshetra. The gods and the sages had earlier invoked all tirthas there including Saraswati for the tapas of Chandra. Chandra performs 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 recites the Mrityunjaya Mantra ten crores of times and meditates on that mantra with a still mind.

Lord Shiva giving darshan to Chandra: Lord Shiva becomes pleased with his tapas and appears before Chandra. Shiva tells him to ask for a boon. Chandra asks the Lord to rid him of the disease of consumption. Shiva relieves Chandra from the curse. He (Shiva) says that in one paksha (fortnight) his kala will get reduced gradually, and in the next paksha his kala will increase gradually. All the gods and sages reach there and blesses Chandra. Then they offer their salutations to Lord Shiva and requests Him to stay there with Devi Parvati. Chandra deva also eulogises the Lord. Shiva becomes pleased with them and stays there in the form of Someshwara (Somanatha Jyotirlinga) which becomes famous in the three worlds. Those who worship Lord Shiva there becomes relieved from diseases like consumption, leprosy etc. The gods create 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 the Soma Linga, a person gets freed from all sins. His desires are fulfilled and after death goes to heaven.

Pilgrimage: Somnath Jyotirlinga, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Somnath Jyotirlinga, Saurashtra, Gir Somnath district, Gujarat Somanatha Jyotirlinga is identified with Somnath temple in Saurashtra, in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat.

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