|Cutting across the Garbhagriha
Previous excavations in the garbhagriha had exposed in its northern wall two
water-outlets, one below the other, and two brahmashilas of which one was found in situ
while the other in the north-eastern corner of the sanctum. The latter evidently had
been displaced from its original position, of which no reliable record exists. The strata
around the former had also been dug out in the process of its discovery.
With a view to ascertaining the full sequence of re constructions
and relating them with the known floor level, a trench 155 feet long, 5-10 feet wide was
laid across the garbhagriha; the portion of the trench within the cella was only 5 feet
wide. At places the trench was carried down to the natural soil which was reached at an
average depth of 17 feet below the present surface. The reconstructions fall into three
broad phases, I-III, with sub-phases into the latter.