Saraswati Temple

On the south-east of the Narasimha statue, on the east side of the road, is a north-facing shrine, now called the Saraswati temple. It is built in a coarse style and has an empty Garbhagriha, Antarala and an open Ardha-mandapa. The brick parapet of the super¬structure has many mutilated stucco figures including a large group (1.5 m high) with crawling Krishna. Originally the temple was perhaps a Vaishnava shrine. A bas-relief on a boulder, to the east of the temple depicts a two-armed seated Devi) holding a palm leaf in her hands. It is perhaps a representation of Saraswati.

This structure is partly built on boulders next to the north bank of the Turutta canal. This contains a north-facing garbhagriha and antarala surrounded by a broad Pradakshinapatha on four sides. This enclosed Mandapa was later extended by the addition of an open mandapa of four by three columns at a lower level. The frontal four columns and those in the central bay immediately south have double-octagonal sections. The columns of the Mandapa extension stand on a lower tripartite basement.

Columns and beams here have double-octagonal sections with traces of plaster designs and figures on several shafts. A brick and plaster parapet shows lines of votive figures.

The Garbhagriha has rotated squares for a raised ceiling but is otherwise plain. The antarala doorway and the doorway placed between two central columns of the upper mandapa have angled Shakhas with diminutive nagabandhas beneath