Whenever I think of history, I am always amazed by the skills and technology used at that time. I believe how much technology might have advanced these days, but the concepts used historically were also precious and can still be incorporated while conceiving ideas for modern architecture. In India, there are a number of Baoli’s (water channels) and Delhi itself has as much as 30 Baoli’s and the most famous amongst all is the Agrasen ki Baoli (also known as Ugrasen Ki Baoli).
Baoli’s were constructed as a medium to preserve water for adverse weather conditions like drought. This one consists of a 60-meters long and 15-meters wide well for storing rain water and contains 108 steps till the depth of the well.
Agrasen ki Baoli is located in the center of Delhi, on Hailey Road in Cannaught Place. The Baoli got its name from Maharaja Agrasen who built the step well during the Mahabharata times. Later on, the rich Aggrawal community renovated the structure considering being the descendants of the King Agrasen.
The present structure of the baoli is typically Mughal style as it is believed to be rebuilt under Tuqhlaq’s empire in the 14th century. The Archeological Survey of India(ASI) now undertakes the monument and the visiting hours of the same are – 8:00AM – 6:00PM. There are historical rumors about a number of suicides taking place in the well because of the hypnotizing deep waters, however, none are reported in recent times.
The Baoli is considered as the most haunted places in India because some people have reported strange noises there. Also, while visiting one can easily notice large number of pigeons there which are rumored to never leave the area giving the rumors another baseline. Some pictures from the architecture marvel of Baoli –
– The Dreamer