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Construction History

Forward Looking Kayavarohana People

In the fifties Sardar Patel began the work of reconstructing Somnath. When the new temple came close to completion many archeologists, artists and sculptors as well as historians began a frantic search for a suitable sivalinga to be installed in the somnath. When they come to know of the Jyotirlinga in Kayavarohana they insisted that it be placed in the Somnath temple. But the village people did not allow the Jyotirlinga to be taken away from the village.

A few years later H.H. the late revered Swami Kripalvanandji came to the village. The great adept in yoga saw the Jyotirlinga and noticed the image of Lakulisha carved out as sitting in front of the sivalinga. It did not take very long for swamiji to recognize the historical and spiritual significance of this Jyotirlinga. Later he saw Vishvamitra and received a message from his Guru to get a temple made for this Jyotirlinga in the village of Kayavarohana. He consulted the village residents and decided to raise a magnificent temple for this purpose. In the course of time the temple was constructed and in 1974 a trust called 'Kayavarohana Thirtha Seva Samaj was established to work after the temple complex. In the same year the Jyotirlinga was installed at the new temple. After 68 years when the Jyotirlinga was moved to its new home a great festival was held in which devotees flocked in from all over the country and from other parts of the world too.

The speciality of this temple - various yogic mudras and asanas shown on the main hall walls - was noted. The Brahmeshwara Temple, as it is called today, has a fountain in front of it and spacious lawn all around it.

The late Hirabhai Shamalbhai Patel and his sons have given a considerable contribution for the construction and management of this temple.

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