Monday, November 16, 2015

Somnath, Protector of Moon God

Somnath is an ancient temple town located on the sea shore of Arabian sea. It is at a distance of 80 kms from Junagadh.



According to the legend, the conceited Moon, otherwise called Chandra became so arrogant that her father-in-law cursed her to fade away. She prayed to Lord Shiva who gave partial respite from the curse, so she disappears periodically.



The place is mainly known for the legendary shore temple of Somnath dedicated to Lord Shiva. As  a result the place is called Somanth which means "Protector of Moon God". Other place of interest we have visited here is Gita Mandir and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir.



Places of interest nearby are:

26 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Amazing photos

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful photos.

ladyfi said...

Lovely place!

Donna said...

Love how the golden light shines on the buildings making them glow.

genie said...

I enjoyed reading the story of Chandra and looking at the different structures, It looks like you had a busy visit on this occasion. The temple is so pretty with its structural intricacies

Sylvia K said...

Such an interesting post and wonderful captures for the day, Rajesh!! Thank you, as always, for sharing!! I hope you and your family have a great new week!!

Sheila Todd Julio Hallelujah Monduwan said...

incredible.

Fun60 said...

Enjoyed the story of the moon.

Photo Cache said...

It looks more modern in design, or built later than the others you have shown previously?

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

An interesting legend ..l I've heard the name Chandra before but did not know what it meant! Beautiful place ... I assume the loin was in a zoo?

Al said...

Wonderful old buildings - the first one especially is amazingly well kept.

Indrani said...

Interesting legend there. Great place to visit. I hope I make there some day.

Jim said...

So much great architecture to see in your world.

magiceye said...

Interesting legend. Lovely photo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The buildings are very colorful and the lions is magnificent

Hildred said...

Beautiful, - I, too, love the lion.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely variety of shots and great presentation!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

K V V S MURTHY said...

Great pics.

Melody Steenkamp said...

nice photo's again... places i will propably never see with my own eyes



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Roger Owen Green said...

pretty STRUCTURE
ROG, ABCW

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Wonderful place, great architecture.

DEE DEE said...

Beautiful pictures

Jeevan said...

Looks like a pretty temple town! Nice photos over there

Linda Eugenia Denise Brin Korbetis said...

nice.

NC Sue said...

Your photos are always fascinating, Rajesh.
Hope to see you at this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday):
http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/11/chicago.html

Easwar Arumugam said...

Perfect pictures