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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

The Shaivayogis were adepts in hathayoga which is the art of completely controlling the body, including all its vital activities. One of the highest stages for a hathayogi is that of urdhvaretas, which, among other  things, includes a mastery over the muscles and nerves of the sexual organ,  in order to eliminate sex desire and attain extraordinary longevity. This mastery is indicated in the icon of Pashupati of the Mohenjo-daro period, and in the eleventh century image of Lakulisha of the Fourth   Temple of Somanatha.

Another ancient cult, no doubt, is the sex worship of the goddess of fertility. Shiva's spouse is worshipped not only as Parvati or Amba, the Divine Mother, as Shakti, the Goddess of power and strength, as  Chandi the fear-some goddess destroying the wicked but also as Amarasundari of immortal beauty, the goddess of sublima- tion from whom flows all creativeness.

Jyotirlinga-Somanatha
About Shiva And His Worship
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