Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Construction of Wells

The Construction of Wells

Modhera Sun TempleA typical well is made up of the Mandapa (the entrance pavilion), which forms the main approach at the ground level; the Kuta (the flight of steps) leads down to the water or Kund (tank) at the bottom. Most of the wells are decorated with sculptures on all available surfaces. While appreciating these works of art we often forget to appreciate the science and engineering skills with which so many pillars and lintels are made to support the five or seven storeys and that too everything under the surface of the earth.

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