sacred, city like that of Somanatha armoured principally by the devotion and reverence of
the whole country, fell a prey to an army pledged to fanatic destruction of alien shrines.
Mahmud could not enjoy the fruits of his lightning conquest of
Somanath. He could not have halted there beyond a month.
Kitab Zain-ul-Akhbar, the earliest source, gives the
"From that place Mahmud turned back, and the reason
was that Param Deo, who was the king of the Hindus, was in the way, and the Amir Mahmud
feared lest this great victory might be spoiled."