formidable army, exultant with confidence, which Mabmud had led against Gurjaradesha,
returned thinned in number and drooping in spirit. Ultimately, Mahmud, after a short halt
at Multan, reached Ghazni on April 2, 1026. This expedition was a disastrous end to a
brilliant series of raids. Mahmud gave up his designs on India thereafter.
The later panegyrists of Ghazni loved to sing of this episode as a
great feat of Mahmud when, after two hundred years, it had come to be invested with
fanciful details.A wave of righteous hatred against the invader swept over the whole of