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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

MUSLIM CHRONICLES ON SOMANATHA

(3)It 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. 153-62.

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