Remembering a December afternoon at Ugrasen Ki Baoli

I used to then work at an organisation that was a stone throw’s away from the Baoli, but I never did think of figuring out what was so special about this ruin amidst high-rise buildings. But then when winters bless you with enough sunshine you cannot say no to exploring a little.

Ugrasen ki Baoli or otherwise known as Agrasen ki Baoli is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is located close near Hailey Road closde to the heart of the city, Connaught Place.  It is a well with 108 steps that leads one to the now empty source of water.

~

PS: I purposely chose to photograph the Baoli in B&W except the graffitis which you get to see on your way towards the Baoli.

DSC_0227
Lord Ganesha with modak or ladoo in his right hand. 
DSC_0226-001
Dumbells perhaps? 
DSC_0022
For me it’s a freeflowing river!
DSC_0299-001
The asura!
DSC_0031
Pray while you can?

Few photographs from inside the Baoli:

DSC_0051-001
Encroachment. 
DSC_0041
What a stark contrast. 
DSC_0080
Carefully placed. 
DSC_0180
Popular among friends and lovers. 
DSC_0213
…and tourists. 
DSC_0054-001
Picture of people taking picture. 
DSC_0085
From the steps.
DSC_0086
Where’s the sky?!
DSC_0097-001
Synchronised in flight. 
DSC_0158-001
In the hands of time. 
DSC_0184-001
A quiet moment for this squeaky squirrel!
DSC_0196-001
The mosque on the west corner of the Baoli.
DSC_0197-001
An unusual place to come for a break. I liked how he didn’t settle for the chair. 

DSC_0178-001

DSC_0249-001
A much deserving afternoon nap, no?!

They say it the Baoli is haunted, but I can’t confirm the same. There are stories that narrate the inviting black water of the well to commit suicide and while you have already seen there’s no water so no suicides now. Can we bail it off the list of haunted places in New Delhi, please! An even saucier story that’s believed is that there’s a Djinn that stays there and entices unmarried women who visit it in the dark with their hair open. Fertile imagination anybody?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s