little before this time, Sarangadeva was succeeded on the throne of Gujarat by Karnadeva
(A.D. 1294-1304) who, in spite of popular legends, was neither weak nor wicked. Legends
that have collected round his name are malicious accretions which failure always brings in
its wake. The inscription of A.D. 1293 describes him as 'protecting his people in
accordance with the Vedas and the Shastras.4
was new to his kingdom and so was Alla-uddin. The Sultan, however, was one of the most
brutal and unscrupulous rulers known to history.
4 Buddhi Prakasha (1910) LVII (March-April), paper
on "Muralidhar Temple-Inscription", Vs. 13.