large lake. Near the village there is a large tank commonly supposed to have extended over
52 bighas of land. The tank is now mostly silted up excepting a few patches.
another legend about the place-name. Some say that the previous place-name of the village
was Malla Sanrh. Malla means a wrestler and Sanrh means a bull. It is said that King
Banasura had built an akhra or a place for wrestling bouts where be used to practice
wrestling and even wrestle with a bull. There is a mound near Karisath railway station,
which is pointed out to be the place of the wrestling bouts of Banasura.
According to another legend, there were two janapadas here
namely, Karusha and Malad. Karusha, the name of the railway station and the small village
substitutes Karusha, and Masarh is substituted for Ma-lad. Another legend is that Masarh
is the ancient Sonitpur, the seat of Aniruddha, and the grandson of Lord Krishna. Tejpur
in Assam is also claimed to be the ancient Sonitpur, the capital of Aniruddha. All these
legends, however, make out that Masarh is evidently an ancient site, the history of which
has not yet been fully disclosed.