temple owes a lot to the Archaeological Department of India. Luckily, T. Bloch visited the
Mundesvari temple at the beginning of this century and recorded his impression, published
in the Annual Report (for 1902) of the Archaeological Survey, Bengal Circle, as follows:
temple was built entirely of stone, and is now in a very ruinous state. Many of the stones
have fallen down, and now form huge piles around the temple. I am afraid, to bring it into
proper repair would be a very costly matter and I have for this reason not yet submitted a
special report on it. But I intend doing so later on, as Hindu temples of such a high
antiquity are very rare, especially in this province, and as, for this reason, it seems
desirable to have the building tested by anexperienced architect, who would be able to
pronounce an opinion as to what can be done to it, and at what cost. My statement with
regard to the age of the temple, is based partly on the form of the writing which is found
all along the way up to the temple incised on the rock, evidently pilgrims' records,
partly oil the style of its carvings and various ancient statues, found among the debris
around the temple.
Among the latter I observed a statue of Shiva, which still shows the phallic emblem of
the God. As I have observedpreviously, this is decidedly a sign of antiquity, for, in
later periods, this mark was left out in statues of the God. Inside the temple now stand a
largeChau-mukhi Mahadeo, and a statue of Durga, both of later date than the temple.
Various other remains, partly of brick buildings, are seen all along the eastern slope of
the hill, also some rock- carvings, apparently of ancient times."
The Public Works Department has done some repairs to the temple. This Department
irrespective of the original position of the ceiling has constructed the present roof.