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Destruction of the Third Temple




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Hindu Books > Temples And Legends of India > Temples And Legends Of Somanatha > Destruction of the Third Temple

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In A.D. 1022, Bhima, the son of Nagaraja (the brother of Durlabharaja) by the queen Lakshmidevi (the daughter of the Chahamana of Naddula), came to the throne of Anahilavada Patan. Nagaraja was the grand son of Mularaja whose guardian deity was Somanatha.

Mahmud's raid on Somanatha was a spectacular venture even if some of the details furnished by the Muslim chroniclers  are accepted.1 On the morning of Monday, October 18, 1025, Mahmud left Ghazni at the head of an army, which consisted of 30,000 regular cavalry. Elaborate preparations were made for food and water. Thirty thousand camels carried the supply of water; in addition, each trooper was provided with two camels for carrying water for him. 

1 TKA. IX 48.

Author : Shri Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi




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