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Amit Shah visits Somnath Temple on its 68th Foundation Day

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

was among the thousands of devotees who today offered prayers at the on the 67th anniversary of its reopening, post reconstruction, on May 11, 1951.

Shah, who prayed on the eve of the crucial Karnakata Assembly polls tomorrow, was accompanied by state BJP president

Vijay Chavda, of the Shree Somnath Trust told that several programmes, religious and social, were held to mark the temple's 68th

"These programmes included Maha Aarati, Laghu Yagna, medical camps, homage to and a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Thousands of devotees visited the temple today," he informed.

Shah, who is one the trustees of the Shree Somnath Trust, was invited to take part in the 68th of the existing temple, a BJP release said.

Shah, along with his family members, performed various religious rituals at the temple and then left for Delhi, the release added.

The reconstruction of the temple, razed and plundered several times through history, was first mooted by Sardar Patel during his visit to Junagadh on May 13, 1947.

Rajendra Prasad, the country's first President, had performed the "linga prathishtha" (idol consecration) on May 11, 1951 after the reconstruction was completed.

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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 20:35 IST