occupies disjecta member testify to the place, where the collected disject member testify
to the existence of at least four structures, excluding those which still lie buried under
the ground. There are small brick mounds to the north and the south of this devasthan;
these mounds probably mark the sties of ancient temples. The present dak bungalow standing
on the southern side of the tank has also been erected on this site of a temple.
evidence, therefore, exists to conclude that the area round about the tank possesses ruins
of several temples, of which none is surviving to our time, though signs of iconoclastic
vandalism are absent. In the absence of large-scale excavations, the exact number of
structures cannot now be determined. There are eight phallic symbols of Mahadeva,
which suggest the existence of eight separate temples. The other miscellaneous images
found in the devasthan area were either decorative elements of the fanes or those
originally enshrined in the side niches of the temples.
The Revised District Gazetteer of Singhbhum mentioned :
"The available evidence, therefore, makes it quite clear that Benusagar was a
place of worship for the Saivas, possibly a place of Ashta-Sambhu. That the number of
Sambhus might have been increased infinitely in later times is also probable. In medieval
eastern India, a practice has grown up to establish places of worship, with eight phallic
emblems of Siva- Mahadeva; and several places shared this feature with Benusagar.