invader rested at Multan, left it on November 26, and began his march through the desert.
From Multan to Abu extends one vast, drab and dreary waste of sandy tract. Across this
desert, fiery as Gehenna itself, with destruction yawning at every step, marched
this reckless host, jubilant with the hopes of the coming loot. Its master, untiring
and fierce as the wind which inexorably blew over these untrodden wilds of nature, goaded
it on to the ends of his ambition.
According to the
Qasida, Mahmud first captured the Ludrava Pass close to the Chiklodara Mata hill near
Palanpur.2 By the end of December, he reached Patan. Bhima was taken by surprise and
withdrew to the fort of Kanthkot in Kachchha.
2 JRAS. 1928, 235f,