to the early Muslim chroniclers, the defenders fought with unabated heroism. At one stage,
the army of the Turk entered the town but was driven out before eventide. On the 8th a
terrible battle ensued. Fifty thousand Indian warriors laid down their lives in defence of
their beloved shrine. Mahmud captured the fort, entered the temple sanctified by centuries
of devotion, broke the Linga topieces, looted the temple and burnt it to the ground.3
The Third Temple of beautiful thin-grained red sandstone was thus
destroyed. I saw the steps of the temple, the base of the pillars burnt and the debris of
its southwall sloping seaward imbedded in the earth.
3 Elliot II. 249.