This year’s theme of Andhericha Raja is┬áthe replica of the ancient Somnath temple located at western border of Gujarat. Like every year replica will be made by world famous, “Taj Mahal” fame, Art Director Mr. Anant Baburao Shinde.

Somnath temple, 1869
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The legendary shore temple of Somnath is located near Veraval and is about 80 kms from Junagadh. The Somnath temple is one of the twelve most sacred shrines dedicated to the Lord Shiva and a jyotirlinga. This temple has a very long history. According to the legends, the Somnath temple is very old and was originally built in gold by the Somraj, the Moon God. Later, it was rebuilt by Ravana, in silver; then by Krishna in wood and Bhimdev in stone. The current temple was built as per the traditional designs on the original site by the sea. Today, this majestic temple is a replica of the earlier temple. Mahmud of Ghazni, upon hearing the description of the richness of the Somnath temple by Al Biruni, an Arab traveller, visited this temple in 1024 AD.