coming to the throne, he arrested the Moghul inroads from the north-west and turned his
attention to the fertile plains and wealthy ports of Gujarat 5 which had defied Delhi for
a century, and ordered Alaf Khan and Nusrat Khan to march against it.
There is a persistent legend that Karna's Mahamatya Madhava, a Nagar
Brahmin, invited Alla-ud-din to Gujarat. Merutunga, the author of the
Prabhandhachintamani, and Jinaprabha Suri, the author of the Tirthakalpataru, both
contemporaries, refer to this incident. The subsequent authorities are unanimous about
5 Elliot, III, 163
6 P. C. was written between A.D. 1303-1306.