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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

Longitudinal Cutting across the Mandapa and the Garbhagriha

In order to relate the floor-levels in the mandapa with those in the garbhagriha and also to know the extent of the temple on the east and the nature of the main entrance, a longitudinal cutting 6 feet wide was made across the mandapa and the garbhagriha. All the three phases met with in the other two cuttings were also represented here.

Excavations revealed that Phase I temple consisted of two chambers only- garbhagriha and mandapa-with an overall length of upwards of 64 feet. The entrance to the temple was through a porch, access to which could be obtained by means of six steps of a total height of 4 feet. The average height of a riser was 8 inches and the width of a tread 15 inches. At some places the edges of these steps were found broken, evidently not by usage which normally would result in rounding off, but by the hand of the invader. The porch measures 15 feet 5 inches long and 18 feet wide.

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