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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

IDENTIFICATION AND CHRONOLOGY OF THE 'ORIGINAL' TEMPLE

Hieun Tsang, the Chinese traveller who visited India between A.D. 630 and 644, does not make any mention of the shrine although during his itineraries he had come as near as Girnar which is only 52 miles from Somanatha. There can be only three explanations: (a) no such temple existed during his time; (b) it must have been an in. significant temple to attract the attention of the traveller; and (c) the temple being a Brahminical one would obviously not find a place in the writings of Hieun Tsang who was interested mostly in Buddhist monuments.

Al-Biruni writing in about A.D. 1030 informs us that the fortress of Somanatha had been built about a 100 years before its capture by Sultan Mahmud.4 The statement, no doubt, has only an indirect bearing on the shrine.


4 Al-Biruni, Tahqiq ma li’l-Hind, ii, p. 105; Muhammad Nazim, op. cit., p. 117, fn. 1.

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