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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

OBJECTS OF THE EXCAVATIONS AND A SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS

The structure built by Kumarapala in A.D. 1169 with all later additions and reconstructions, forms the ruins of the popularly called old Somanatha temple. Phase III is, therefore, a composite phase representing the developments of nearly 550 years.5 It is different alike in design and plan from the two temples referred to above. Notable features of this temple are  (a) the basement moulding or the mahapitha; (b) the axial length being diagonal of both the garbhagriha and the mandapa; (c) the enlarged mandapa and the pradakshina marga with opening on the south and north and also on the west in case of the latter; (d) the design of the pillars and the octagonal arrangement of the nave;

5 For an authenticated description of the temple, see Henry Cousens, op. cit., pp. 11-33.

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