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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

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CUTTINGS

It had a basal width of nearly 40 feet and rose.   imposingly with a battered frontage to aheight 20 feet. The top 6 feet and 6 inches of this wall were built at the instance of Lord Curzon in the early decades of this century. The stones of this wall showed signs of extensive exposure and weathering. 

Subsequent repairs of the mandapa floor indicated the use of yellow stones which, because of their being subjected to intense firing, had become red. One of these yellow floor-stones bears an incomplete inscription in devanagari script dated Vikrama Samvata 1657, thereby testifying to the use of the floor till that date. With a little bit of rehabilitation the floor-level inside the mandapa remained the same until the year 1706 when the temple was converted into a mosque and a one-foot thick layer of roughly-hewn stones was added to conceal the earlier Hindu features notably at the garbhagriha door step.

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