Agrasen ki Baoli- The unsolved puzzle of history
The capital city of Delhi is well known for its historical significance and diversity. The national capital of India is home to some monuments belonging to different historical periods. The Qutub Minar from the early medieval times to the contemporary Kingdom of Dreams, Delhi has gone through various transformation periods. The Agrasen ki Baoli which represents the Tughlaq architecture is one of the important sites in Delhi. The structure is believed to be present in ancient times, was built during the date of The Mahabharata. The baoli was damaged during the course of time and was repaired on an extensive scale during the medieval time by Agarwal community with the help of Muslim masons.
The architectural remains of the baoli show the use of brick walls, boulders and large rocks which give it a grim look. The stepwell is divided into three sections, and lately, the bottom sections were immersed in water. The stepwell was believed to be accessible to every section of the society and was not particularly religion oriented. The mosque within the compound has inscriptions of Chaitya teachings, and the puja rooms suggest that the baoli was community oriented.
The Agrasen ki Baoli is still under a cloud of Debate over its nature. According to the legends and some eyewitness accounts, the Baoli is said to be haunted. According to the sayings, the water stored in the baoli was dark and hypnotic and would drive cynical and depressed people to commit suicide. Horrifying tales and accounts of eyewitness’s reveal spotting of spirits during the night. The claim has been challenged and rejected by experts.
The Baoli was not famous among the tourist lately. It was just like other insignificant architectural site near the Connaught Place market. The baoli got due recognition from the Bollywood movie PK. The success of the movie was a boon for Agrasen ki Baoli, as the site garnered a lot of public attention and is currently in the top 10 hotspots of Delhi. The baoli lies on Hailey Road in central Delhi and is easily accessible from the metro and other means of public transport. The visit to Delhi is incomplete without paying to this fantastic yet mystical puzzle of history.