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Temples & Legends Of Somanatha

Kulapati's Preface

Author

Preface To the first Edition

Preface To The Second Edition

Publisher's Note: Fourth Edition

Abbreviations

List Of Illustrations

Somanatha- Lord Of Soma, The Moon God

Prabhasa In Historical Tradition

Dehotsarga-The Hallowed Spot

Shiva-Guardian Of National Resurgence

Shiva And His Worship

The First And The Second Temples

The Third Temple

The Guardian God Of Gujarat

Rise Of A Destroyer

Destruction of The Third Temple

The Fifth Temple

Renovation Of Tripurantaka

Destruction By All-Ud-Din Khilji

The Shrine Rises Again And Again

A Destroyer And A Restorer

A Great Restorer Rises

AS I Saw It

Planning: University Of Sanskrit

Preparation- Advisory Committee and The Trust

Dehotsarga

Somanatha-The Shrine Eternal

The Days Of Aurangzeb

The Mystery Of The Two Outlets: The First Temple

The Second, Third And Fourth Temples

The Fifth Temple

Topography

Historical Background

Introductory To Excavations

Objects Of The Excavations And A summary Of The Results

Descriptions Of The Cuttings

Conclusion: Identification And chronology Of The 'Original' Temple

Muslim Chroniclers On Somanatha

Stone Inscription In The Temple Of Bhadrakali

Stone Inscription At Veraval Under Bhima Deva II Of Junagadh

Cintra Prashasti Of The Reign Of Saranga Deva

Appendix

 
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

APPENDIX

It must be said to the credit of the Prime Minister that, after receiving Munshi's forthright letter, he came to assess the carping critics of the Somanatha restoration at their true worth. The fact that the President of the Republic, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, was to reinstal the new deity must have influenced the Prime Minister to no small extent.

The installation ceremony of the linga was fixed for the 11th May 1951. At this time Munshi was the Union Minister for Food and Agriculture, and he had to make a dash to Burma in order to negotiate a rice deal. It was at this time he wrote in great hurry the book Somanatha -The Shrine Eternal. It is a compendium of information about the temple which has been the eternal symbol of Hindu faith and the destruction of which by Mohame Ghazni had been burned into the collective sub-conscious of the race, as an unforgettable national disaster. 

The installation of the new deity by Dr. Rajendra Prasad took place in the presence of a huge concourse of people, who had come from every part of India, and nobody would have been happier on that occasion than Munshi, who saw his incessant dream of Somanatha reconstruction come true on that day.

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