A NATURALIST'S WANDERINGS
brave with me the wrath of the guardian spirits of the grove, and assist me in the sacrilegious work of hewing which my operations would entail.
In the immediate neighbourhood, was discovered a bronze bell of undoubted Hindoo manufacture, its handle ornamented with the sacred bull, but without the clapper which had dropped from its ring; and within the boundaries of the grove stands a rude figure of the Buddha, with elevated finger, as if in the act of instructing.
The ruins consist of terraces built up round the hill, which probably once encircled it entirely, but part of which has evidently extended where now the coifee plantation exists, and has been obliterated perhaps in the cultivation of forest patches by the natives in former periods. Only the portion surrounding for some distance that used by the worshippers has
been left unmolested. There the terraces are completely laid out in quadrilateral enclosures, their boundaries marked out by blocks of stone laid or fixed in the ground, which with singular exactitude lie within a degree of the true magnetic cardinal points. Here and there on the terraces are more prominent monumentsa erect pillars surmounting oval piles of stones ; flat slabs on the ground supporting egg-shaped blocks, which are distributed in many spots in such numbers and perfection of shape that to have made them or searched the brooks for them must have entailed a vast expenditure of time and trouble. Here and there also I found flat slabs raised on end and remains of circular paved areas, set round with upright blocks of stone. Specially noteworthy was a pillar, erect within a square marked out with stones on the ground, round