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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

The reconstruction of Somanatha was then only a nebulous dream of a visionary. But events were moving fast and in 1947 the Britishers decided to quit the country which however had to be partitioned before they left. Apart from partition, the Indian States were freed from the bonds of paramountcy.

It looked as though India was to be Balkanised. But the collective will of the people was bent on consolidating the country and this will had its potent expression and mighty instrument in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The Muslim rulers of Indian States had their own dreams. Irrespective of what their people thought, their eyes were turned to Pakistan.

One of them was the dog loving Nawab of Junagadh, in whose State was situated the thrice-sacred shrine of Somanatha. The State had no contiguity with Pakistan by land. Over 80 percent 0f the people were Hindus. Junagadh was an economic and administrative unit embedded in and deriving its sustenance from Kathiawar. Junagadh had been the home of Ra Khangar and his queen Ranak Devi-symbols of heroism enshrined in song and story in Western India.

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