of these, six columns, highly studded with emeralds, rubies and other precious stones,
were set up by the most prominent rajas of India, who probably vied with one an other in
their rich offerings to the temple. 8 M.Nazim, on the authority of Ibn'Zafir and Sib-t
Ibnu'l Jauzi, speaks of the temple having "a pyramidal roof, thirteen storeys high,
the top of which was surmounted by fourteen spherical knobs of gold which glittered in the
sun and were visible from a long distance. The floor was made of planks of teak wood, and
the interstices were filled with lead."9
8. Rauzatu's Safa, Persian text. Vol. IV. p. 42.
9. The Life and Times of Sultan Mahmad of Ghazna, p. 212.