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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

INTRODUCTORY TO EXCAVATIONS

Shri 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.

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