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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

The famous mystic poet, Shaikh Farid-ud-Din Attar calls it by the name of Lat, another important deity worshipped by the Arabs at Mecca;3 but this view is equally wrong. The shrine, however, rose to great prominence chiefly on account of the favourable geographical situation of the town of Somanatha, it being an important port of call for ships between Africa and China. Possibly the sailors carried the fame of the idol far and wide. But from times immemorial it was a centre of tremendous living faith, and by the 10th century had come to occupy a pre-eminent position among the shrines of India.4

According to the Wafayatu'l Ayan of the famous chronicler Ibn Khallikah, Sultan Mahmud was told that each of the thirty rings round the idol represented a period of 1,000 years of its worship.


3. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Vol. VII, p. 893.
4. Ibid; Tahqiq ma li’l-Hind by Al-Biruni (English translation by Sachau), Vol. 11, p. 103; Rauzatu's Safa of Mir Khwand,  Persian text (Nawal Kishor edition), Vol. IV, p. 41.

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