Dictionary Of Hindu Religion | Locations
This area is a holy area. It is near Dwaarakaa, on the coast of Gujaraat. It is related to Krishn's life's events. Padm Puraan (p 271) says that it is present Sauraashtra.
Krishn's Guru Saandeepan Muni's son was lost here only. Krishn and Balaraam came here to look for him. They asked from the Sea, but the Sea showed his ignorance abt his whereabouts and said that maybe a Daitya named Panchjan who lived in his waters had eaten him away. Krishn went to him too, and killed him but could not find the boy there, so He came back along with his dead body which was in the form of a conch shell - Paanchjanya. Later He brought him back from Yam Raaj.
Legend has it that the Kaalbhairav Shiv Ling (Bhairavanaath) at Prabhaas was worshipped by Chandramaa, when he was cursed by his father-in-law Daksh and got cured by worshipping him. Hence Shiv here is referred to as Som Naath. The Skand Puraan describes the Sparsh Ling of Som Naath as one bright as the Sun, the size of an egg, lodged underground.
The Mahaabhaarat also refers to the Prabhaas Kshetra several times and the legend of Chandramaa worshipping Shiv.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11