with this floor are six octagonal pillar bases, each side of which measures 1 foot 3
inches. These pillars when reconstructed conform to an octagonal arrangement for the nave.
Further clearances of this plinth showed that on either side, on its upper half, it
contained three sculptured pieces distributed along the entire length of the mandapa. It
is significant that on the south, i.e., towards the sea, these sculptures depicted images
of gods, while on the north they formed mere floral patterns. The images were enclosed in
a niche of fretwork. One of these contained Shiva Tripurantaka while the other
Lakuleshvara. The location of the third, however, was found badly damaged.
The sea-wall associated with this phase consisted of scrappy
revetments built in a stepped fashion, on the sloping debris of the earlier sea-wall from
which it was separated by 11 feet.