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Temples & Legends Of Somanatha

Kulapati's Preface

Author

Preface To the first Edition

Preface To The Second Edition

Publisher's Note: Fourth Edition

Abbreviations

List Of Illustrations

Somanatha- Lord Of Soma, The Moon God

Prabhasa In Historical Tradition

Dehotsarga-The Hallowed Spot

Shiva-Guardian Of National Resurgence

Shiva And His Worship

The First And The Second Temples

The Third Temple

The Guardian God Of Gujarat

Rise Of A Destroyer

Destruction of The Third Temple

The Fifth Temple

Renovation Of Tripurantaka

Destruction By All-Ud-Din Khilji

The Shrine Rises Again And Again

A Destroyer And A Restorer

A Great Restorer Rises

AS I Saw It

Planning: University Of Sanskrit

Preparation- Advisory Committee and The Trust

Dehotsarga

Somanatha-The Shrine Eternal

The Days Of Aurangzeb

The Mystery Of The Two Outlets: The First Temple

The Second, Third And Fourth Temples

The Fifth Temple

Topography

Historical Background

Introductory To Excavations

Objects Of The Excavations And A summary Of The Results

Descriptions Of The Cuttings

Conclusion: Identification And chronology Of The 'Original' Temple

Muslim Chroniclers On Somanatha

Stone Inscription In The Temple Of Bhadrakali

Stone Inscription At Veraval Under Bhima Deva II Of Junagadh

Cintra Prashasti Of The Reign Of Saranga Deva

Appendix

 
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

In the Bhadrakali temple inscription of A.D. 1169, it is stated that Jayasimha's successor, Kumarapala, built a meru type of prasad at Somanatha. It repeats the Pauranic story that Somaraja built the temple of gold, Krishna of silver and Bhima of large stones (verse 15). The inscription further tells us that Kumarapala also raised the fortifications, constructed a nrupashala, a well and a pattashalika besides adorning the kalashas of many smaller temples (verses 24-27).

Parenthetically we also learn that the temple had gone into ruins because of the foolishness and the greed of the ministers (verse 18).8 A Someshvara mandapa called the meghadhvani was added to the main temple of Kumarapala by Bhima deva II as revealed by Shridhara Prashasti of A.D. 1216 at Dev-Pattan (verse 23).9   


8 Historical Inscriptions of Gujarat, op. cit., pp. 62-3.
9 Ibid., p. 106 and Epigraphia Indica, op. cit., pp. 439-440.

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