Photograph of the Somanatha Temple at Somnath, Prabhas Patan, in Gujarat, from the south, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869
A reference of the presiding deity of the temple, Lord Someshwar is also available in the Rig Veda, which is acknowledged by the secularist brigade / western historians to be ...............more than 3500 years old , much to their chagrin . It was also a sacred place in the days of the Mahabharat. It was called Bhairavashwar in Satya Yug, Shravanikeshwar in Treta Yug and Shrigaleshwar in Dwapur Yug. The Prabhas Khanda in Skand Purana giving description of the Linga of Somnath says that it is a Swayambhu Linga of great prowess, as bright as the disc of Sun, surrounded by a serpent, of the size of the egg of a hen, called Sparalinga and situated underground.