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Muslim chronicles on somanatha




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Cousens says that Mahmud appointed Mitha Khan as his governor at Somanatha and that it was he who completed the destruction of the temple and was eventually driven out by Bhima Deva I of Anahilavada Patan, who rebuilt the temple "possibly upon the site of the former," and there can surely be little doubt that the portions of an older basement, that we see in the heart of the present old building, are part of his temple.18 But the appointment of Mitha Khan as the governor or deputy of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni at Somanatha is a mythical story versified by Shaikh Din in December 1801 and translated into English by Watson for the Indian Alitiquary.19

A careful study of Shaikh Din's ballad reveals several absurd anachronisms and it appears that the bard has hopelessly confused the name of Sulta  Mahmud of Ghazni with that of a later Muslim ruler of Kathiawar, perhaps Sultan Mahmud Begda (A.D. 1459-1511).

18. List of Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency, P. 182. Somanath and other Mediaeval Temples in Kathiawad, p.22.                                          19. Indian Antiquary, Vol. VIII (for 1879), pp. 153-61.




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