maintaining it with magnificence, she felt a throbbing zeal to maintain the core of her
faith, tradition, and collective greatness. An ancient race subconsciously felt that it
was Somanatha which connected it with the past and the present; it was the eternal symbol
of its faith in itself and its future. As often as the shrine was destroyed, the urge to
restore it sprang up more vividly in its heart.
is why Somanatha, as a Jyotirlinga, has been given a premier place in religious literature
for ages. That is why from Mahabharata downwards, the Pauranic literature has referred to
Prabhasa with a reverence not shown to any other sacred place.