Nestled in the spiritual Vereval District of Gujarat, the Ban Ganga Somnath is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This sacred site is a place of serenity and faith, where the essence of ancient legends As you set foot on this hallowed ground, you’ll find that the aura of Ban Ganga is genuinely unique, touching the depths of your spirit. Often the visitors miss this place when they visit Somnath.
Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gujarat
Somnath Jyotirlinga is one of the twelve sacred shrines of Lord Shiva, known as Jyotirlingas. Old Somnath temple was constructed by Chandra Dev in the Kruta Yuga Somnath Jyotirlinga and is located in the Prabhas Patan area of Saurashtra in Gujarat, India. Jyotirlingas, a term derived from two words – “Jyoti,” meaning light, and “Linga,” symbolizing Lord Shiva, are believed to be self-manifested, powerful representations of Lord Shiva’s divine form. There are 12 jyotirlingas in total. Old Somnath temple is said to be the first jyotirlinga.
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Ban Ganga Somnath
Ban Ganga Somnath is nestled on the shores of the Arabian Sea near Somnath Jyotirlinga and holds a place of immense spiritual significance. The constant embrace of the sea’s waves adds to its sanctity. There are 2 Shiva Lingas on the seashore and the water from the tides keeps washing the Shiva Lingas.
In the rocky seabed near Ban Ganga, you’ll discover two Shivlings spaced about 500 meters apart. During the morning, as high tide rolls in, these sacred symbols are partially submerged in the sea’s waters. However, as the tide gradually recedes during low tide, these Shivlings are unveiled in their entirety, offering a striking and awe-inspiring sight.
There is another third Linga far away in the waters, it is anticipated that there were temples for each of these Shiva Lingas, and over the years, these temples were either looted by invaders or eroded by the sea water.
Legend and story of Ban Ganga Somnath
The legends associated with Ban Ganga are nothing short of captivating. It is said that Ban Ganga is the very spot from which the Yadav, who had shot the arrow, paid homage to three self-appeared Shiv Lingas. These Shiv Lingas are Swambhu Shiv Lingas, and they have been bathed by the relentless waves of the sea for ages, yet they remain unharmed. The water’s high salt content has sharpened the surrounding rocks, but the Shiv Lingas remain untouched. The hunter named Jara, shot an arrow towards Lord Krishna from this exact spot after which Lord Krishna returned to his abode.
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Experience the best at Ban Ganga
Visiting Ban Ganga requires careful planning as it can be reached only during low tide. The rocks are covered with algae, making them slippery, so a little caution is advised. The site is not frequented by tourists as often, possibly due to its unique location, but it’s a hidden treasure worth uncovering.
In the serene aura of Ban Ganga, one can’t help but feel a profound connection with the spiritual heritage and timeless legends of India. It’s a place where faith, history, and nature converge to create an unforgettable experience. So, if you find yourself in Somnath, explore this spiritual oasis and witness the charisma of Ban Ganga for yourself.
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