shrine, however, escaped their attention till about 1393 when Zaffarkhan, then Governor of
Gujarat, planned an expedition to Somanatha. He is reported to have destroyed the temple.3
This, however, has not been corroborated by other historical chronicles, nor was the
temple, in fact, destroyed.
The structural evidence
of the outlets also establishes that no elaborate repairs were conducted at the end of the
14th century. Zaffarkhan built a mosque in Somanatha, and tried to convert the people to
Islam. But the people revolted, and threw off the yoke of the Sultan and became
3 Ibid, Vol. XXII, p. 233.