that stage it was considered that the re-installation of the idol would not interfere with
the maintenance of the old temple. The specialists, on scrutiny, found that the ruins were
salt-eaten and irreparable; nor could they stand a spire. Religious injunctions also
stood in the way of installing the deity in ruins which could not be renovated as
prescribed. It was, therefore, finally decided to rebuild the temple.
On December 13, 1947, the Standing Committee of the Ministry of
Works, Mines and Power of the Government of India approved of the idea and Gadgil
instructed his Consulting Architect to visit Prabhas Patan. Though the Government of India
sponsored the scheme, Sardar under the advice of Gandhi decided that the Government should
not make any contribution in the form of money for the reconstruction of the temple.
On December 25, 1947, the States Ministry decided to
request the Junagadh authorities to lease a sufficient large area around the temple for
development on these lines.
On January 23, 1949, a conference was held at Jamnagar
attended by Sardar and Gadgil with the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, U.N. Dhebar, Chief Minister
of Saurashtra, and Samaldas Gandhi, Administrator of Junagadh.