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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

But this is not certain, for the last four syllables in verse 8 may have contained some other geographical name, and the sense of the verse may be that a matha or sanctuary was established there by the spiritual descendants of the four pupils of Lakulisha (the use of the verb equivalent to abhut for 'was made' is not uncommon in the modern Indian vernaculars, and it is not impossible that our poet has fallen into a Gujaraticism). But, in any case, it is in disputable that Karshana in Lata or Central Gujarat was the head establishment of these Shaivas because Shiva is said to have become incarnate there as Lakulisha.

Karshana is, it would seem, the modern Karvan on the Miyagam-Dabhoi railway; this village was, according to its mahatmya, formerly called Kayavirohana or Kayarahun (Kayarohana?) and was, according to tradition, the place where Mahadeva, who had been born as Nakuleshvara n the family of a Brahmana of Ulkapuri or Avakhal, reassumed his divine shape (cf. BB Gazetteer, Vol. VII, 19-20 and pp. 550-51). Ulkapuri is possibly a mistake for Ulukapuri and mahatmya may still contain a reminiscence of the myth narrated in verse 14. (The Gazetteer gives the names of Shiva as Nekleshvar or Nakleshvar, corruption’s of the form Nakuleshvara.)

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