Jodhpur, an important city of Rajasthan, is home to an intricate system of interconnected underground water tunnels, reservoirs and stepwells designed in such a way that it could solve the water problem of generations to come. This particular stepwell, ‘Toorji Ka Jhalra’ (Toorji’s Step Well) was built in the 1740s by the Queen (Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Consort). Interestingly, this Tanwar (Toor) Rajput Princess hailed from Patan in Gujarat, home to perhaps the finest Step Well in the country. Submerged for decades, its recent drainage, clean-up and restoration has uncovered over two hundred feet of hand carved treasure in Jodhpur’s famous rose-red sandstone; intricate carvings of dancing elephants, medieval lions and cow water-spouts, as well as niches housing deities long gone.
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