PLACES OF INTEREST

MAROL.

Marol, an alienated village in Salsette three miles north-west of Kurla, has a population of 1250, and a well-kept church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It was built in 1840 partly by subscription and partly from church funds, and measures 100 feet long by thirty high and twenty-five wide. The priest has a house and is paid 3 (Rs. 30) a month by the British Government. It has a school attended by about forty boys. About a mile from St. John's are the ruins of a Portuguese church of unknown date, which was abandoned because the village was attacked by an epidemic. Near the headman's house is an old lake with, near the north-east corner, some carved Brahmanic stones probably about the twelfth century. About a quarter of a mile east of the village, a bare sheet of trap is hollowed into two large underground cisterns, one of them closed the other with two openings and excellent water. There are said to be two foot-marks carved on the rock. The feet and the cisterns are probably Buddhist (A.D. 100-600). In a small hut, to the west of the cistern, is a much worn Silhara sun and moon or land-grant stone with ten lines of writing. It is almost unreadable; but the date, some year in the eleventh century, can still be made out.