is hard; carving on it cannot be very plentiful; but it resists the effect of the salt
air. It is said that this stone can be shaped easily when just recovered from the mine,
but gets harder later. On the outer walls of the temple was used the white lime stone
found in mines near about Somanatha, viz. Chandkhatal mine, Gaddar and Somani mines. This
stone lends itself to elaborate carving and artistic designs and was used for the outer
walls where we find horizontal courses of beautifully carved figures.
Black basalt blocks of the size of 18 X 12 X 8 inches and 56 X 21 X
4 were used for the garbhagriha flooring. For the Yonipata, sankhadwara and the
chardrashila, the same type of stone was employed. No cement was used in the masonry.