The ruins with
ancient relies had attracted the attention of Col. Tickell, one of the earliest British
administrators of Singhbhum district. He visited the place in 1840 and has left the
following account of the place:
"In Aula pir, to the far south, a few Kols at of
the poorest kind have built a wretched, straggling hamlet near the banks of what once was
a truly magnificent tank. It is called Benusagar, and is said to have been built by one
Raja Benu, who fled from the place owing to the incursions of the Mahrattas. This was
probably during the days of the celebrated Murari Rao; for judging by the trees which now
luxuriate amidst the buildings, the place must have been deserted and in ruins full 200
The tank, which I placed as well as the jungle allowed me, is about 600 yards square.
On the east bank are the remains of a handsome stone ghat; the west side may be similar,
but was inaccessible bv reason of thickets. On the summit of the ample bandh or
embankment, surrounding the water, lie stones richly carved? It is probable that they once
constituted small temple ranged around. In the centre of the tank does a temple crown an
island, now almost a shapeless mass.