advised, Soma forthwith descended at Prabhas pattana, where
Saraswati meets the sea and worshipped the Sparsalinga of Somanath
of the size of an egg. And did penance for 4000 years. Pleased with
Soma's austerity and penance, Sadasiva appearing said that He could
not remove the effects of curse totally, but would lift it
partially. According to it, he would wane for a fortnight and wax
during the rest of the month. As Soma regained Prabha -- luster at
this place it was called Prabhasa Pattana. Soma then made a humble
supplication that the Lord must be called by the name of his devotee
Soma -the ,Moon. Hence Somanath. Further, He should be his Kuladevata.
And so Maheswar is called Somanath since then. Soon Soma was advised
and initiated by Brahma Himself to erect a shrine for Siva. In
addition, Brahma then cleft open the earth and lifted a shining
Swayambhu Linga - Jyotirlinga of the size of an egg covered with
honey and darbha grass with a Brahmasila over it. The, Linga thus
taken out was installed by Brahma Himslef.