Somnath, Somnāth: 1 definition


Somnath means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Somnath Inscription (1287 C.E).—An inscription (Chintra Prasasti) of the reign of Sāraṅgadhāra of the Chāḷukya dynasty of Gujarat, dated 1287 C.E., found in a long stone slab belongs to a temple at Somanātha or Devapaṭṭaṇa in Soraṭh (Kathiawad) is a lengthy one containing 66 lines. This inscription speaks about the consecration of temples and the installation of five liṅgas at this place. It also records the installation of five statues viz., Gorakṣa (Gorakhnāth), Bhairava, Āñjaneya (Hanuman), Sarasvathi, and Siddhi Viṉāyaka (Gaṇeśa) in the antarālas of the five temples[235].This inscription also mention the Kālamukha teacher Valmikarāśi.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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