reports can now be checked by the excavations:
The red-stone Third Temple was the only temple, the ruins of the south wall of which are
still lying embedded and is undoubtedly the one destroyed by Mahmud.
The brahmashila of the temple on which the original Linga was placed is surrounded by the
foundation stone walls; the aperture A of the original temple is just a normal one, and
there was no possibility of the sea coming to wash the Linga unless there were specific
devices by which the tidal waters were brought into the Juladhari.
(3) The examination of the garbhagriha and the debris of the south wall, the steps on the
east and the plinth stones of the temple in the south indicate, beyond doubt, that it was
a temple of stone.