Agrasen ki Baoli
A beautiful monument located in the region of New Delhi at Connaught place, Halley road. Often, people do not visit this monument is because it is not as popular as other monuments are. The Baoli of Agrasen is Central Delhi’s oldest monument and remains the best-preserved baolis of Delhi.
Many local visitors or as you could say Indians are not aware of this monument. The Baoli was originally built by Maharajah Agrasen during the Mahabharata era and later was rebuilt by the Agrawal community in the 14th century at the time of Tuglaq period.
So what is the Agrasen ki Baoli? Well, it is a mosaic of different assortments of stones and rocks, is n ancient reservoir which rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. The Baoli is a unique blend of architecture with an impressive design known to have existed centuries ago.
The stone walls of the Baoli with inventive designs and arched structure are grim and desolate but still beautiful. The old brick walls of the structure take you back to the history as you go down and as you go down more, you can even experience a drop in the temperature.
The reason why people get attracted to this place is because of the haunted story behind it and some visitors have also claimed that they feel a strange presence here quite often. There is also a mosque located on its South-Western side which stands on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof.
When we talk about such a monument, which is not known, it becomes our duty to protect and preserve it, for it defines the culture of our country. Though it is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India, the government is planning to demolish it for other purposes.
Now the reason being is that it is not a very visited monument and is also considered to be a haunted place due to an old superstitious belief that many people had committed suicide here.
Whatever may be the reason, till date there is no evidence of a person being harmed due to this Baoli. Therefore this enigmatic Baoli is to be protected for it portrays the rich heritage of our country and can be maintained or preserved not for its historicity but with the tales revolving around it!