one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva, one is Somnath which has a religious and a Vedic importance for Hindu community coming up to Somnath every year to get blissed with the love-sight of Mahadev. This is sangam of Kapila, Hiran, Saraswati Rivers called Triveni. Somnath has a great importance realted to historical, cultural and ancestral values, as it's an ancient pilgrimage site of the Hindu religion you can find most significant Temples in Somnath
According to scriptures, it is believed there was a moon god named Somraj, who first built the Somnath temple out of gold. In the second age it was built by King Ravana out of silver throughout, later in lord Krishna's period it was rebuilt all with wooden, designed and carved. After that, King Bhimdev constructed the same temple with stones. Structures changed over a period of time, but the only thing that didn't change was the Jyotirlinga. Out of 12 divine and very pious Jyotirlingas associated with lord Shiva, the first jyotirlinga is located here in the heart or centre of the temple premises. In the upcoming years, several attacks happened, first time by the cruel looter Mahmud of ghazni around 1024, at that time this temple was so wealthy having a treasure of gold, diamond and thousands of musicians, dancers, priests, Saints etc. It was again razed three to four times between 1297-1706 in the Mughal period, especially by the cruel ruler Aurangzeb. Till then, it was in ruins, but in the 1950s it was rebuilt with a modern-ancient architectural design.
This legendary temple site is carved with honey coloured marbles, which gives it a beautiful texture in the night show runs daily and attracts thousands of beholders.
Located on the meeting of three rivers named Kapila, Hiran, Saraswati lies with the waves coming from the Arabian sea which also touches the temple's feet. The sea shore and its beauty is a heartthrob to someone who is prompted to celebrate aesthetic and cultural luxury.
This is a museum, moreover it has a huge collection of ruins or ancient parts of earlier Somnath temple's structure. Historically, the items placed here are a reflection of our past from the scratch and historical or archeological enthusiasts must visit this place while on a trip to Somnath. Despite being the museum, this structure itself is a showpiece to commemorate the city. The courtyard of this place is strewn with those parts of the temple's carved panels and statues of goddess Parvati, lord Shiva, lord Ganesh, lord Vishnu, lord Surya Dev etc. The fragmented ruins are intrinsically Sculpted inside to better preserve them.
Panch Pandav gufa is near the Triveni Sangam dedicated to mata Hinglaj devi who is also considered as kuldevi of pancha Pandavas. Amongst the 52 shakti peethas, one of the shaktipeeth associated with Mata sati is in the Hinglaj mata temple. The original hinglaj mata temple shaktipeeth is situated in Pakistan nowadays but the symbolic place of panch Pandav cave temple is considered as the same pious place. This place is an important prospect at another level, since a cave of a very spiritual and historical aspect is being refurbished in Somnath. Standing still for approximately 4000 years, which dates back to the Mahabharata era. The story says- when the Pandavas were in exile for 14 years, they stayed in this cave for very long requesting Hinglaj mata to free them from this chaos, and the goddess freed them for their devotion.
But there is a narrow entrance to pass inside the cave, the passage is so narrow that only one person can go inside the cave at one time,
but inside the cave, there is a large space.