Junagadh authorities thereafter took steps to earmark the area that was to be given for
the temple. The matters were discussed at considerable length between the Administration
of Junagadh and myself who was asked by Sardar to look into the matter. Ultimately, Sardar
approved of the area that was to be given to the temple.
"On January 23, 1949, a Conference was held at Jamnagar attended by Sardar,
Jam Saheb, Gadgil, Dhebar, the Chief Minister of Saurashtra, Samaldas Gandhi,
Administrator of Junagadh, and the Regional Commissioner. The States Ministry by then had
decided to transfer the temple properties to a Somanatha Trust to be created for the
At that conference the scheme was finalised. It was decided
that the Trust should be executed by the Saurashtra Government; and that the Government of
India and the Saurashtra Government should each have two representatives on the Board of
Trustees. "I was thereafter asked by the States Ministry to prepare a Trust
Deed for the purpose, which I did. "
"Junagadh thereafter merged with Saurashtra to form
the Saurashtra Union and the Union took over the undertaking of the Junagadh
Administration with regard to the Temple with the approval of the States Ministry. The
Union thereafter took steps to carry out the said undertaking.