Highness will recollect that you handed over to me a cheque for Rs. 1,00,000 (one lakh)
some time ago which I returned to you. I am now writing to suggest that this amount may be
paid as adonation to the Somanatha Fund. Somanatha is an ancient heritage of ours, and we
have to take every care to see that the temple and its environments are maintained in a
manner worthy of their ancient traditions. Your Highness will remember that Sardar
made an appeal for funds for the Soma natha Trust some time ago. The object, therefore, is
one which deserves full support from all patriotic Indians and that is why I am making
this suggestion. I shall be grateful for a line in reply."
By the end of 1949, about Rs. 25 lakhs were collected. The Trust
Deed was finally approved by the Government of India and Saurashtra Government and was
executed on March 15, 1950. The objects of the Trust were thus fully defined:
"(a) to restore and reconstruct the said Temple of
Somanatha in such manner as may be determined in consultation with an 'Advisory Committee'
to be constituted as hereinafter provided and to incur the necessary expenses in
(b) to instal or cause to be installed in the Temple of
Somanatha one or more idols of Shiva and other deities as are objects of worship by the