Perhaps, no other temple in the history of our Akhand Bharat, or
rather in the history of mankind, has been the target of attack and
destruction, plunder and pillage; arson and annihilation by
iconoclasts and alien expansionists as that of Somanath of Prabhasa
Pattana, situated on the Southern coast of Sourastra, in the
province of Sorath, now known as Junagadh in the state of Gujarat.
Its history is bristled with an unending series of savage plunders
and countless acts of barbarous vandalism, dating from the advent of
Mohammed Gazani in 1026 and ending with its handing over to Indian
Union on 9.11.1947 by Sir Shanavaz Bhutto, the Diwan of Junagadh.
Records reveal that as many as 13 times, the temple was subjected to
brutal attacks by Mlechchas. The tale of its defense is packed with
indescribable pathos .and unimaginable horrors. Although the spirit
of religiosity rose up to unprecedented heights, it could not
prevent and save the pious innocent beings mercilessly butchered;
the old and infirm brutally trampled; children and disabled
ruthlessly crushed and women openly raped and humiliated, besides
converted, or carried to use as slaves, or turn into prostitutes.
And the town was ransacked spiritual havens desecrated; its precious
movables were razed and multilated beyond recognition.