'The celebrated temple of Somnath'. Lithograph by T.C. Dibdin from a sketch by Capt T. Postans
Artist: Dibdin, Thomas Colman (1810-1893)
Lithograph by T.C. Dibdin from a sketch by Capt T. Postans of the Somanatha Temple at Somnath, Prabhas Patan, in Gujarat, dated c.1850.
Prabhas Patan is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, considered to be one of the sights of Shiva's Jyotirlingas. The Somanatha Temple was originally founded in the 10th century on the shore of the Arabian Sea. The wealth of the temple attracted many raiders, such as Mahmud of Ghazni who destroyed the sanctuary in 1026. Later the temple was rebuilt during the Solanki period by Kumarapala (r.1143-72). The temple as it stands today is a modern reconstruction in the traditional Solanki style.