|The temple of
Malleswar, two miles from the policestation, also belongs to the Burdwan Raj. It is nearly
60 feet high and was built by Raja Kirti Chandra of Burdwan in the first quarter of the
18th century; but the shrine is said to be much older, being ascribed to Khaira Malla, the
last Malla king of this tract. In the floor inside is a hollow about 2 and half feet deep,
the upper edge being built of masonry, while the basin is made up of laterite slabs.
The slabs have two openings or crevices, through which water flows,
apparently from a spring or springs, and it is said, fills
the hollows on particular nights. This has been observed in other sacred places; for
example in the temple of Loknath at Puri, where the basin in which the linga stands is
filled with water except on the Shivaratri day, when it is baled out and the linga
12. Bengal District Gazetteers, Midnapore, by
L.S.S. O'Malley, 1911, pp. 171-173.