Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Helical Stepped Well

About 114 monuments are believed to be scattered around the site. Some of them that I visited or plan to visit are, the Mosques – Jami Masjid, Kevda Masjid, Nagina Masjid, Khajuri Masjid, Babaman Masjid, Ek Minar ki Masjid, Sahar Ki Masjid, Iteri Masjid, Lila Gumbaz ki Masjid & Kamani Masjid; Temples – Lakulish, Bhadrakali or Kalika Mata & Jain temples; Atak fort remains, the royal enclosure, Gateways, Machi & Mauliya plateau, Water Management and catchment systems - various Talao - Paataal talao, Medhi talao, Wada talao, Chasiya talao, Dudhiya talao, Gabenshah Vav, Helical stepped Well, Amir Manzil’s water channels; Khaprazaveri, Patai Raval palace remains, Saat Kaman, Chor Kothari; Granary – Makai Kothar & Navlakhi Kothar; Shakkar Khan’s Dargah & Sikandar Shah’s Tomb, and many more.

Helical stepped well was made mainly of bricks, constructed around 16th century AD. It consists of about 1 meter high parapet wall, a main shaft & the entrance. Stone paved steps from the entrance are attached to the walls and go down with the well shaft. This was probably to facilitate users of the well to reach till water level.

When I reached this well, it was filled with dirty water and steps were not visible beyond a point…!

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