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Chand Baori: The Stepwell of Rajasthan

Chand Baori: The Stepwell of Rajasthan

Chand Baori is a stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The Baodi can be dated to 8th-9th century. The Chand Baori is one of the few stepwells that has “two classical periods of water building in a single setting”. according to Morna Livingston in Steps to Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India.

Chand Baori is a deep four-sided well with a large temple on the back face of the building.The basic architectural aspects of the monumental well consist of a long corridor of steps leading to five or six stories below ground level which can be seen at the site.

Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. Ancient Indian scriptures made references to construction of wells, canals, tanks and dams and their efficient operation and maintenance.

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