May 12, 2003
There is a wide meadow around the structure, which was probably meant for the public. The pavilion is 10 m high, 11 m across and 27 m long; a steep flight of steps leads to the higher elevation from where, presumably, the royal patrons used to watch the contest on the grounds below. The base of the monument has a series of arched entrances and atop the roof is a decorative pair of carved stone crocodiles. All these structures have been designated as protected national monuments. In many of these, only the brick framework exists with vestiges of sculptural adornments here and there. The Ahoms, who used special thin baked bricks, did not know the use of cement and, therefore, used a paste of rice and eggs as mortar for their construction. Even then, what still stands after so many decades of neglect is astonishing.
From journal Sibsagar - Monuments of Unageing Intellect