At Somnath, Lord Shiva reigns supreme as the lord of Chandra Deva, Moon god Soma. Mythology has it that Lord Shiva freed moon from the effects of a curse that deprived him of his characteristic loveliness at this very place. The radiance of moon was restored, but was to follow the rhythms of waxing and waning thereupon. The roots of the temple at Somnath are traced to such ancient times, both history and mythology fail at accurately pinpointing the exact ‘when’ of the conception of the sacred shrine. But that the ancient shrine itself has undergone many cycles of construction, destruction and restoration, akin to the cycles of moon is well-known.