|The lintel consists
of a separate piece in which the lower part bears the first three bands of the jambs. The
fourth band, the pilaster appears to support an architrave bearing on it five caitya
windows of two different types: (a) a trefoil in which all three arcs are of the same
size; there are three caitya windows with such medallions, one in the centre and two near
the ends; (b) also trefoils in which the upper are is larger than the two arcs on the
sides. The central medallion of these five contains a seated figure of Siva as Lakulisa.*2
The ruins have revealed some best sculptural specimens. Among them we
may first mention the ceiling slab which bears the carving of an embossed lotus (visva
padma)*3. The second vessel of the visva padma bears in relief the figure of a vidyadhara
holding a scarf or a necklace with both hands and hovering in the sky as if to make
obeisance to the deity below.
His legs are so arranged as to be symmetrical with the circular
course of the seed-vessel, a feature generally met with in Gupta and Pala sculptures of
Bengal. While the facial type is local,the decorative and anatomical details of the
vidyadhara recall late Gupta and Pala features*4. A high crown (kirita-mukuta) with a
frontal coronet adorns his head, perforated patra-kundala are seen in the ears while his
under-garment reaching the ankles has an elegant central tassel.
*2. The Age of the Imperial Guptas.
*3.T.N.Ramachandran: Explorations in Assam, A.R.A.
S.I., 1936-37, p.58
*4. A.R.A.S.I., 1936-37, p.58.