Agrasen Ki Baoli
Location: ‘Agrasen Ki Baoli’ is a one of the amazing heritages of India those enhance the glory of Indian historical era. These are the historical steps located on Hailey Road near Connaught Place which is located at walk-long distance from Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Founder: Legendary king ‘Agrasen’ during the era of Mahabharata
Revamped by: The ‘Agrawal Community’
Period of its revamping: 14th century
Entity protecting the monument: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Ancient and Archaeological Sites Act of 1958
Literary meaning of ‘Baoli’: The word Baoli or Bawdi has been extracted from Hindi language that stands for wapi or vapi or vapika in Sanskrit. As per Rajasthani and Gujarati dialect, Baoli is a synonym of Bavadi, vav, vavdi and vavadi that means steps or stairs.
Historical significance: The wise-folk and royal-men of ancestral period emphasized building step wells in temples and in reservoirs, such as of ‘Dholavira’ belonging to the Indus Valley civilization, for fulfilling the need of water that could be fetched easily through the easy way of access, i.e. steps.
- Length: 60 metre
- Width: 15 metre
- Number of steps: Unique of its kind, 103 steps were built for accessing the way to stored water in Baoli.
- Visible steps: The historical ‘Baoli’ has just three levels those are visible now. All three levels are constructed correspondingly lined with a bit of arch at all niches on both sides.
- Revelation via architecture: The design of architecture evokes the prevalent architectural trend of Tughlaq period. An Agrawal poet known as Vibudh Shridhar, scripted in his work ‘Pasanahacariu’ the name ‘Agrasen Ki Baoli’, an opulent and influential Agrawal trader Nattal Sahu of Dilli was also a prominent minister in the court of Majesty Anang Pal III.