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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 excavations of the garbhagriha right down to the sands clearly show that there is no chamber underneath the idol chamber. It is just a narrow garbhagriha. There may have been a cellar under the sabha mandapa. The gudha mandapa of this Third Temple shows distinct signs of stone pillars.

According to Muslim writers, the sanctuary wherein the idol stood was illuminated by jewelled chandeliers, and valuable draped curtains were hung over the door way.10

The passage leading to it had standing posts all along for those allowed the worshippers to enter the sanctum. In front of the sanctum there was suspended a heavy chain of gold, 200 manns in weight, 11 with gold bells12 to announce the appointed hours of worship.


10. Kamilu’t Tawarikh, Vol. IX, p. 241: Tahqiq ma li’l-Hind of Al-Biruni (Sachau's English translation), p. 103.
11. According to H. C. Raverty one mann was equal to about two ratls (vide Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Vol. LXI, Part I, for 1892, p. 192) and Steingass calls a ratl equal to 1/2 maund (Persian-English Dictionary, pp. 579 and 1316).
12. Rauzatu's Safa, Persian text, Vol. IV, p. 41; Firishta describes the chain as hung in a corner of the building.  Tarikh-i- Firishta, Persian text.

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