the Indian Army was invited into Junagadh by the Dewan of the ex-Nawab, Sardar, Jam Saheb
and Gadgil went to Junagadh. Next day, on November 13, 1947, they went to Prabhas to see
the ruins of the Somanatha Temple. There they decided upon the reconstruction of the
It was publicly announced by the
Sardar 'that the Government of India had decided to rebuild the temple and instal the
shrine! Jam Saheb and the Junagadh Administration both gave a donation each on the spot.
Junagadh Administration agreed to develop the town of Prabhas and to place at the disposal
of the Somanatha temple about 5,000 acres of land for its development.
"The States Ministry of the Government of India
thereafter took steps to implement this decision."
"On December 13, 1947, the Standing Committee of the
W.M.P. Ministry accepted Gadgil's proposal that the Government of India should reconstruct
the temple in the original form and develop roughly one square mile of the surrounding
area. I understand that this decision was included in the Weekly Note to the Cabinet.