Agrasen Ki Baoli
Agrasen ki Baoli also referred as Agar Sain ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli was presumably built during 14th century by King Agrasen. Baoli essentially means a water reservoir or a step well storing rain water. Many civilizations used to dig up deep step-wells due to scarce rainfall.
This historic place protected by Archeological Survey of India can store upto 2 levels of water, but with the deprecating rainfall and ground water levels does not let this Baoli hold water for too long and it dries up in just a few days. The monument with great historical relevance is all wrapped in amazement and mystery and lies in between the concrete jungles of central Delhi.
Since there are no historical records to establish its insight, there are various stories woven to relate it to history. It is believed that Agrasen ki Baoli was built during the times of Mahabharata by King Agrasen and was renewed by Agarwals (rich and significant vendors of their times) in 14th century.Vivudh Sridhar from the Agarwal community, of the times has in one of his poems indicated that the Baoli was redesigned by Nattal Sahu (a rich Agarwal merchant). Nattal Sahu was also a minister of King Anant Pal III.
Architecture of Agrasen Ki Baoli
The step-well has 104 steps with a series of carved chambers and passages. The Baoli is 60 meter long and 15 meters wide located on Hailey Street near Connaught Place. Agrasen ki Baoli Delhi has a very interesting and unique structure with three levels of arched area. The structure resembles those of Tuglaq and Lodhi styles. Hence the structure is an influence of both Islamic and Hindu religions.
The center of the well holds water which is also conjoined by a covered platform. As you climb down the stairs the well gets colder and darker and only the noises of pigeons can be heard. There is a small mosque towards the western end of the Baoli. This mosque is built in Mughal Style architecture and looks dissimilar due to its fine carvings and different concept.
Is Agrasen Ki Baoli Haunted?
Agrasen ki Baoli is also known to be a haunted place. At times visitors have felt something strange about the place. Some people even affirm that the Baoli is a domicile of devils The Baoli has turned into the home for thousands of bats and pigeons over these centuries. This might be the dialect behind the eeriness felt inside the vicinity of this Baoli.
No entry fee is charged for the visit or photography.
Agrasen Ki Baoli Timings: It is open on all days from Sunrise to sunset.
Agrasen ki Baoli is located on Atul Grove Road in Hailey Lane across Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Delhi.Nearest Metro station - Connaught Place, Rajiv Chowk
Nearest Railway Station - New Delhi Railway Station
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