Devotional Sojourn of Ghela Somnath 

23rd February 2017

Shiv Ratri is around the corner and is the time to celebrate and pay religious tribute to Adiyogi Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the Adiyogi because he himself thought first ever Yoga lesson to Goddess Parvati.

One of my very close friend keyur channiyara invited me to attend him and his family at Ghela Somnath temple near Jasadan (Rajkot District) to reverent Lord Shiva.

Almost before 3 years I visited the place, and is one of the beautiful place around Jasadan area, surrounded with tiny greenish hills. I must thank Keyur my very close friend and his family for giving me the opportunity to attend.

There’s is little history about Ghela Somnath, its said that actual Lingam of Somnath resides here, it was an attempt to save the Lingam from the attack Mahommad Aafer in 1457 by Minal Devi and her trusted assistant Ghela Vaniyo, they carried the Lingam from Prabhas-Patan to Jasadan, in between many villagers and Brahmans also lost their lives in battle for the nobles cause.

To reach Ghela somnath was quite a unique experience. I began my journey from Jamnagar from a private transport bus to Rajkot, from where I took State Transport Bus to Jasdan, as often I was not lucky enough to get a seat in public transport bus, same happened here also, the bus was full of passengers and hardly any place to even stand, but like an Mumbain who travels using  local bus in Mumbai, I was committed to fight against every odds. I myself as well as the other passengers pushed me to get into bus.

I didn’t get seat before I got tired of standing for an hour. From Jasadan I got a direct private vehicle to Ghela Somnath, but these was a mystery too, the vehicle where I board, stopped on Gas station to have fuel in vehicle but the pump was not having enough pressure to feel, waited atleast a quarter there.  At last from the Grace of God I reached Ghela Somnath around 8.30 pm.

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