could not have been set with precious stones nor could it have a rich covering, for water
could drip on the Linga itself.
(4) What was hung from the ceiling must have been a golden Jaladhari for dropping water on
Shiva and could not be a crown. (5) Looking to the size of the garbhagriha, the Linga, the
jaladhari round the Linga could not possibly have 30 rings.
According to later writers, Mahmud took delight in plunder and bloodshed as a
brigand chief and the chief motive of his expedition to Somanatha was his insatiable lust
for gold, while others say that Raja Kunwar Pal of Prabhasa-Patan who was a Wagher by
caste, slew a Musalman daily in front of the idol of Somanatha and made a tilak or mark on
his forehead with the blood and that a saint, named Haji Mahmud (better known as
Mangalauri Shah), invited Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni to avenge the wrong at the instance of
the Prophet who had appeared to the saint in a dream.16
16. Indian Antiquary, Vol. VIII, (for 1879), pp.