Abosultely there is no issues about the imortance i.e, sthala mahatya.When i have personally visited the temple I have seen some water around the jyotirlinga.The taste of water changes from time time.Some times it suddenly tastes salty sometimes it is very normal water.Nobody knows how the water is salty and as per geographics no sea is there atleast 1000kms from this place.People say since it disappeared in Somnath and reappeared at saurath, the water sea water is nothing but from somnath
Saurath is a small village situated in the Madhubani District of Bihar. Literally it means a cultural and intellectual center of sau-rastra, nations associated with Janaka, the ancient king of Mithila, whose name plays a significant role in the epic Ramayana. According to tradition, the Swayamvara of Devi Sita, daughter of Janaka, took place in this village. Today the village is very much frequented by the tourists and pilgrims with the establishment of the Somanath temple here, devoted to the presiding deity Somanath. There is a close similarity in mythology and history of Somnath of village Saurath in Mithila and the Somnath of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Another peculiarity of this village is that it organizes the marriage fair, Saurath Sabha, for Mithila Brahmins every year on the auspicious days in May / June every year.
Original name of the village, as mentioned in 'Tithi Nirnaya' is Saurashtra. This village was originally named Saurastra, literally a cultural and intellectual centre of sau-rastra, nations associated with Janaka, the ancient king of Mithila. Janak is mention in the Ramayana epic as father of Sita. Tradition has it that the svayambara (self-chosen form of marriage) of Janaka’s daughter, Sita, took place in this village.
The presiding God of this village is Somanath or Shiva. There is an interesting story which links Saurath to Somnath Temple In Dwarka, Gujarat. According to folk tradition, in AD 1025, Mahmud of Ghazni attącked the famous temple of Somnath, looted the fabulous wealth of the temple, and destroyed it completely. It is believed that Lord Somnath appeared in the dream of the two Maithil Brahman brothers, Bhagirathdutta Sharma and Gangadutta Sharma, and asked them to take His lingam away. The two brothers, following God’s instruction, went to Dwarka and brought the lingam to Saurath and kept the lingam in hiding for a long time. Later the lingam was duly enshrined. Somanath temple at Dwarka is situated in a region known as Saurastra. In the 18th century a Maithil king constructed here the temple of Somnath.