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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

Verse 19. -"An ablest (Sthanadhipa), called Karttikarashi, who resembled a conglomerate (rashi) of austerities in (human) shape and who took away the sins of his (spiritual) dependants by merely looking at them, became an ornament of Gargya's line."

Verse 20. -"(Next) arose compassionate Valmiki rashi, who owed his spiritual birth to the favour of that (Kartikarashi's) lotus-hands, and who hallowed speech by the arrangement of his words and the road to the sanctuaries by the marks of his steps, which (arrangement of marks) were pure like his mind (i.e. he preached well and performed many pilgrimages)."

Verse 21. -"He graciously appointed a young ascetic, called Tripurantaka who sanctified the four quarters of the horizon in consequence of his desire to visit other sacred places."

These verses make us acquainted with three teachers of the Gargya branch of the Lakulisha Pashupatas, who apparently were in succession, abbots or spiritual directors at some sacred place or of some matha in Gujarat (sthana has both the meanings); possibly the place where they resided may have been Karshana.

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