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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

CINTRA PRASHASTI OF THE REIGN OF SARANGADEVA

Shrikanta Panchamukh i.e. five-headed Shiva, surnamed Shrikanta]. The first of these temples (verse 41) was built for the welfare of Tripurantaka's mother Malhana and called Malhaneshvara. The second (verse 42) was dedicated to Umapati and erected in the name of the priest Brihaspati, who was the husband of Uma. The third called Umeshvara (verse 43) was built for the welfare of the priest's wife. The remaining two, a Tripurantakeshvara and a Rameshvara were named after the founder and his wife.

The five statues (verse 44) (the word statue does not occur in the text but implies it; Antarala is the 2nd Mandapa of a temple between the Ardhamandapa and the shrine), a Gorakshaka (Gorakhnath), a Bhairava, an Anjaneya (Hanuman), a Sarasvati and a Siddhi Vinayaka (Ganesha) were placed in the Antaralas of the five temples. The torana finally was erected on the space (bhuparisare) before the north gate of these (five temples). This statement indicates that the temples were surrounded by a wall, and that the arch adorned the principal entry into the enclosure, which had to be made on the north side ' as the great temple of Someshvara lay to the south and east, and to tile west of the sea.

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