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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

Cousens says that Mahmud appointed Mitha Khan as his governor at Somanatha and that it was he who completed the destruction of the temple and was eventually driven out by Bhima Deva I of Anahilavada Patan, who rebuilt the temple "possibly upon the site of the former," and there can surely be little doubt that the portions of an older basement, that we see in the heart of the present old building, are part of his temple.18 But the appointment of Mitha Khan as the governor or deputy of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni at Somanatha is a mythical story versified by Shaikh Din in December 1801 and translated into English by Watson for the Indian Alitiquary.19

A careful study of Shaikh Din's ballad reveals several absurd anachronisms and it appears that the bard has hopelessly confused the name of Sulta  Mahmud of Ghazni with that of a later Muslim ruler of Kathiawar, perhaps Sultan Mahmud Begda (A.D. 1459-1511).


18. List of Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency, P. 182. Somanath and other Mediaeval Temples in Kathiawad, p.22.                                          19. Indian Antiquary, Vol. VIII (for 1879), pp. 153-61.

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