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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

That the above-mentioned identifications of the site of the original temple of Somanatha are incorrect is evident from the accounts of Abi Raihan AI-Biruni who placed it at a distance of "a little less than three miles west of the mouth of the river Sarsuti (Sarasvati)."20 M. Nazim tried to identify the site of the temple with one lying at a distance of about 200 yards to the west of the temple of Bhidia and it will he interesting to quote him below: -

"I searched for the site of the original temple during my visit to Somanatha Patan and about 200 yards to the west of the temple of Bhidia, about three miles from the mouth of the river Saraswati, I found the remains of large blocks of stones joined together with a whitish cement, partly in sand and partly washed over by the sea at high tide.


20. Tahqiq ma li’l-Hind by Al-Biruni, English translation by Sachau, Vol. 11, p. 105.

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