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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

SHIVA - AND HIS WORSHIP

From the earliest days of Tantric literature of Shaivism, Soma is found closely associated with Shiva, even to the extent of being referred to as one of the names  of Shiva. According to Somavidya, the completely moonless night in the month, if it falls on a Monday which is sacred to Shiva, is considered most appropriate for worshipping Him; and any religious act  done on that day is believed to give manifold merit. Skanda Purana details the five things which give the highest religious merit: 'Sarasvati, the river, the sea, the eclipsed moon, and the darshana of God Somanatha.'

"To visit Prabhasa on a moonless night, which falls on a Monday, to, undertake a fast, to bathe where the Sarasvati meets the sea, and to have a darshana of Somanatha" gives the meri  of numberless religious sacrifices.  

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