It is a dam constructed by king of Bamanda Sir Basudeb Sudhal Deb in the year 1869 to 1875 over river Motuali near Saruali village in Barkote Block of this District. The dam wall was constructed with locally found rocks. It is around 56 Kilometer from Deogarh Town.
The text of “Aksharsila” rock inscription has been deciphered by some scholars of Bamanda as “Bichhitra Srayana” and “Bichitra Bhusanashya”. The rock inscription due to ignorance, negligence and lack of protection has been vandalised. If it is not properly protected, it is likely to get totally obliterated causing loss to the heritage of Deogarh district.
The most ancient of the historical relics is the “Aksharsila” rock inscription which has generated considerable interest among antiquarians and historiographers. The script of the inscription is believed to be pre-Brahmi and almost near contemporary of the Bikramkhol rock inscription of Jharsuguda district.
Rock Shelter and Rock art near Kanjiam Village
There is a rock shelter and rock art site atop a hill described as “Mathagumpha” by the locals at Kanjiam about 65 kilometres from Deogarh, 5 kilometres from the Kundheigola Police station, one kilometre west of Ranchi-Vijayawada National Highway No. 200. On the walls of the cave there are some inscribed rock art depicting various geometrical figures, sketches resembling wild animals along with imprints of human palm, crescent-like shapes pointing at human habitation and artistic expression of pre-historic times. Such rock art have been located at Balita near Barkote also.