Konch is a large village about eighteen miles from Gaya on the
Gaya-Daudnagar road. Gaya is the headquarters of the Gaya district and is served by the
Gaya railway station of the Eastern Railway (Grand Chord line). It is also well situated
on an all-weather road from Calcutta to Mughalsarai. Passenger buses run daily from Gaya
to Daudnagar via Konch. Horsedrawn light vehicles (ekkas) are also available. There is an
Inspection Bungalow available to the public at Tikari, which is four miles away from
Konch. Ekkas are also available at Tikari. Passenger buses too ply from Tikari.
Konch contains remains of numerous temples, but the principal one is an ancient temple
entirely of bricks. The temple is a square building, the dimension of which on the outside
is 27 feet 6 inches square with a chamber inside 11 feet square. The entrance is to the
east. The height is nearly 70 feet. It has two storeys. The lower story is vaulted in the
Hindu fashion, that is, it has two arched roofs meeting in a ridge. Bricks overlapping on
all the four sides till they meet at a point form the upper storey. The doorway isalmost
as high as the room inside. The construction of the temple in bricks is a feat of high
engineering skill considering the time it was built.
Author - P. C. Roy Choudhury