Agrasen ki Baoli Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli

"Agrasen ki Baoli- A Lost architectural Beauty that Still Look Fresh"

Delhi, also referred to as “Dil Walon ki Dilli”, but did you know this city also is home to innumerable monuments?

One out of many monuments in Delhi is Agrasen Ki Baoli, which is also known as 'Agar Sain ki Baoli' or 'Ugrasen ki Baoli'. It is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the banner of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act of 1958.

Nobody paid much attention about this monument until Amir Khan's “PK” movie was released.

What is aBaoli?

Before we know further, let's understand what actually is a Baoli.

It's an age-old step-well system in India that people referred as Kalyani, Bawdi, Barav, Pushkarani or Vaav. Such constructions were quite common in Western India. They were actually the ponds or wells in which the water was hit by descending a set of stair steps.

This was an act of water preservation which was originated in Gujarat in 600 AD and later spread all over India.

Agrasen ki Baoli Overview

Situated on the Hailey Road adjacent to Connaught Place and just a stone's throw away distance from Jantar Mantar, Agrasen ki Baoli is a 15-meter wide and 60 meter long age-long step-well having 130 steps.

Construction Work

There is a little confusion as far as its construction is concerned, but the only available record related to its origin are available in the works a celebrated writer and poet in North India- Vibudh Shridhar from Agrawal community.

His work “Pasanahacariu”, which he created between 1133 to 1174, had a mention of this Baoli according which it was rebuilt by an affluentAgarwal merchant, Nattal Sahu, during the reign of Anangpal, Tomara King. This could be related to the another Baoli in Mehrauli- theAnangtal Baoli thatwas also constructed by King Anangpal.

On the other hand, historians by its historical architecture believe that the baoli was built by Sultan Iltutmish during 13th Century.

As far as name is concerned, Nattal Sahu named it after King Agrasen (during Mahabharata Era) as “Agrasen ki Baoli”.

Architecture

It is an architectural wonder and has three levels of which each lined with arched corners on both sides. There is a flight of stairs, marked with landings with pavilions and chambers, leading to the bottom.

During monsoon season the level of water comes up to the upper steps, while in the dry season, it moves back to the lower levels.

Beliefs and Myths

According to some people Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the haunted places in Delhi. Stories say that once this was filled with black water that compelled people to jump into it and commit suicide. Even today, people believe that it casts an evil spell on those who stay there after sunset.

Even, some visitors claim to have felt the presence of a strange thing around. Now, it is home to thousands of pigeons and bats that add to its spookiness.

Location: Haily Road, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

location

Mode of Travel:
Agrasen ki Baoli
Hailey Lane, Near Connaught Place, Hamdard Nagar, Vakil Lane, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi
Near by Metro
0.3km
Mandi House
0.4km
Barakhamba

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