K. M. Munshi who, with great assiduity and admirable balance, had threaded the
heterogeneous elements of Gujarat history into a coherent story,1 was very keen to recover
the complete evidence regarding the Somanatha temple and on the basis of his own original
researches had framed a questionnaire to be worked upon by scientific digging. With a view
to conducting proper excavations, I was deputed by the Director-General of Archaeology in
India initially for a period of one month, which later on was extended to include another
month. At the instance of Shri K. M. Munshi, I was again sent for a week for further
examination of the material during the demolition period.2
1 K. M. Munshi, op. cit.
2.I am highly indebted to Shri U. J. Bhatt, Secretary, P.W.D., and Chief Engineer,
Saurashtra Government, and Shri P. K. Shunglu, Hon. Secretary, Somanatha Board of
Trustees, for the generous a5sistance in the execution of the work.