Gaikwad soon began to raid Saurashtra almost annually.4 The temple was no longer used as a
mosque or as a shrine, for it was in ruins. Homage was paid to Somanatha in a small temple
outside the town which attracted the pilgrims returning from Dwaraka.
Confusion prevailed in Gujarat. Several Hindu chiefs were up in arms
against Delhi. The Marathas continued to raid Gujarat, exacting tribute from the Muslim
chiefs, and soon became the masters in Gujarat. By 1738 the Maratha incursions into
Saurashtra increased. Sher Khan Babi was, at the time, the deputy governor of the Moghul
Emperors at Junagadh.
4 Ibid., Vol. XXII, p. 316.