save it from destruction, the Linga was placed, in a secret underground shrine immediately
below the usual upper one.
The suzerainty of
Saurashtra passed into the hands of the Gaekwad of Baroda in about A.D. 1800.
In 1811, Hamid Khan, the Nawab of Junagadh, died and the
right of succession to the Gadi of that State was settled by the Gaekwads in favour of
Bahadur Khan, but the right to control and manage the new shrine of Somanatha was vested
in the Gaekwad.