was it that made Mahmud suddenly leave such an easy conquest of a rich country and turn
further west into the peninsula? What were the forces of Shakambhari, Medapata, Naddula
and Malwa doing when Mahmud was rushing on them with such a mighty force? The only
possible explanation is that the confederate forces of old Gurjaradesha stood in a solid
phalanx in defence of their land and Mahmud thought it wiser to proceed to Somanatha
rather than risk a battle with them.
Mahmud marched on Prabhasa Patan looting Delvada on the way. On January 6, 1026, be
invested the fort of Somanatha. It was in charge of Mandalika, the descendant of the
Abhira Gruharipu with whom Mularaja has fought.