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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

Adjoining this chamber was a repository wherein precious stones and innumerable costly images of gold and silver were stored, but Ibnu'l Athir locates this store-room "under the idol chamber."13 These statements are clearly untrue. The shrine had 10,000 villages for its maintenance, had 1,000 Brahmins14 to perform the rituals spe6ally at the time of eclipses, 300 musicians and dancing girls to sing and dance at the temple gates, 300 barbers to shave the pilgrims and a large staff of couriers to bring daily fresh flowers from Kashmir to garland the idol and fresh Ganga water to wash it with.  

13. Kamilu't Tawarikh, Vol IX, p. 241.
14.The Tarikh-i-Firishta (Persian text, Nawal Kishor edition, p. 33) says that "2000 villages were endowed to the temple"  "2,000" being probaly a misprint for "10.000". According to it, the temple establishment consisted of 2,000 Brahmins to perform the rituals, 500 singing and dancing girls and 300 musicians to sing and dance and 300 barbers to shave the devotees. Rauzatu's Safa of Mir Khwand (Persian text, Vol. IV, p. 41) contains the same account except that it mentions the endowment of 10,000 villages as given by Ibnu'l Athir who later curtails the number of singers and dancers to 350.

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