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|Somnath Temple at Kashi|
|In a Tragic Shape with Cracked Walls & Leaking Roof!
Kashi is a Shiv Nagari. It is believed that Bhagvan Shankar is always there in Kashi. There is another beautiful & heartily touching existence in Kashi along with Shivji. All Teerthas live in Kashi along with Shivji just to be closer to Shivji. Here, the Teerthas are not mere places. They have feelings & they have energy. They are there at their original places & they are in Kashi too BECAUSE Bhagwan Shivji is in Kashi. Mahakaaleshwar Jyotirlinga is in Ujjain & also in Kashi. So are other Jyotirlingas like Vaijanath (Devghar), Omkareshwar (Omkareshwar, near Indore), Kedareshwar (Kedarnath), Tryambakeshwar (Tryambakeshwar near Nasik), Bhimashankar (Near Pune), Nageshwar (Near Dwarika in Gujarat), Rameshwar (Rameshwar Tamil Nadu), Ghrushneshwar (Near Aurangabad) & Someshwar / Somnath (Somnath in Gujarat). Of course, Kashi Vishwanath is in Kashi. And being at their own sthaans (places), these Jyotirlingas are in Kashi just to be with Shivji. They are worshipped at their original places & at Kashi as well. Those who go to Kashi for darshans, it is said that their true yaatra is not safal (successful) if they do not do darshan of these Teerthas.
Most Jyotirlingas in Kashi are in a proper temple & taken care of by local Archaks / Purohits. But some of them are in bad shape & almost gone into history. These temples are in a dilapidated state & with their roofs leaking. Except for some locals & stray monkeys, rarely they get Jal Abhishek or even Diva Dhup! Perhaps Bhagwan Shivji then decided to break the roof so that at least rains can do Jal Abhishek to such great Shiva Lingas like Somnath in Kashi.
One such important Jyotirlingas is Somnath / Someshwar. Those who pray to Somnath in Saurashtra Gujarat will have tearful eyes seeing the pathetic situation of the Somnath temple in Kashi. It is in a nice green area of Kashi just 30 kms away & in Kanduva village. Somnath in Kashi is a part of a large temple cluster of a very Jaagrut Shivji Kardameshwar, who is worshipped for wealth (Laxmi) & children. This cluster also has an ancient Kunda (Teertha Lake) where devotees can bathe & do Jal Abhishek to Shivji. Once a glorious temple cluster, now only Kardameshwar Temple shows the beauty, magnificence & glory of our Ancient Hindu Temple structures & sculptures! In the same cluster there is Someshwar / Somnath. A temple with broken walls, leaking roof & Somnath Shivalinga waiting for Jal Abhishek…. It is heart breaking to see such a tragic state of our glorious Teertha in Kashi which at its original place is worshipped regularly.
In ancient times, apart from such original places of Jyotirlingas, a belief has it that these Jyotirlingas also wanted to be closer to Mata Ganga & Kashi Vishwanath. Therefore, keeping own full strength intact at their original places like Somnath, Omkareshwar, Mahakaaleshwar & at other Jyotirlinga places, all Jyotirlingas also came & existed near Kashi Vishwanath with full strength. It is therefore, believed that any yaatra to Kashi is not complete without doing darshan of these Jyotirlingas in Kashi. Those who visit Kashi & do sankalp at these Jyotirlingas temples to visit their original places in Bharat then it is believed that the devotees get health & wealth not only to visit these all India temples but also get all their dreams, wishes & ambitions fulfilled like Prosperity, Success, Power, Children etc.
But now it is high time that the Shiva Devotees come together to rebuild a grand temple for Kashi Somnath. Kashi Somnath Amba Mata is standing outside in the Sun, rains & winds railing against the cracked wall of Kashi Somnath temple. There is Mahishasur Mardini & there is Gouri. Ganesh is sitting nearby under the open sky, perhaps sad & waiting for some true Shiva – Somnath Devotees to bring His Father Mother (Shiva & Amba Mata Parvati) together in a grand temple. Virupaaksha Shiva Gana murti has a little temple there but obviously He must be too sad that His Kashi Somnath Mahadev has such a broken temple! What’s more, because Somnatheshwar is supposed to give lost wealth back, there is a beautiful Kuber murti (which is very rare to find), but lying out in the sun! Kardameshwar Mahadev temple in its vicinity built around the similar time is intact & worshipped to get Laxmi, Children & power; but His neighbour Kashi Somnath is in a real bad shape. Bhagwan is everywhere…even without a temple. But any true devotee will not be able to stop his / her tears seeing this tragic situation of Kashi Somnath Temple.
ExploreKashi Project has planned to rebuild Kashi Somnath as much possible in an ancient style so that the temple’s ancient form & glory are maintained.
Those who wish to contribute to rebuilding Kashi Somnath temple must see the attached pictures first & then contact:
email@example.com and Dr Pravin Togadia on firstname.lastname@example.org
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