A fish standing
vertically on its tail represents the fish incarnation. The tortoise incarnation bears a
close resem- blance to the Saivic emblems of the argha and lingam with the sole addition
of a couple of human figures on the sides holding a string which is wound round the
lingam; the lingam thus does the duty of Mount Mandar.This temple of Siva worship is
clearly of Brahmanical origin. The construction, the images and the tradition all support
It has not yet been definitely established as to when this temple was originally
constructed. The massiveness of the pillars shows that it must have been built at a very
early period.Tradition assigns it to Bhairavendra and also suggests it be dedicated to
Surya. Beglar recorded the following lines of a ballad very popular in the area when lie
carried out the archaeological survey in 1872-73:
Konch base' sab soch mite'
Durj Raj pasend Maha", mun gyan'
Bed Puranan Ki Charcha'
Tanha, Punjat hei a'd Bhawa'ni'
Sah, saraf, haraf, chaab jiwan par bin bhakha'ni
Tatenhi Tatenhi Thun Mathu Ki Janha' det
Abhy bar Sewsimbha Bhawasii.
These lines mean:
"Konch was established, all troubles ceased, Durj Raj chose a wise Mahamuni (as
chief?), and discourse of Vedas and Puranas spread. There is worshipped Bhavani;
merchants, good men, evil men, all life (heard of) the fame; on going (there) the gift of
fearlessness and virile strength is bestowed by Siva and Bhavani." (Translation is