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The Iconography of Water

Well and Tank Forms of the Indian Subcontinent

While numerous Indian monuments are well known in the annals of architectural research and excavation, a category of monuments – baoli, bawadi, kere, kulam, kunda, talao, tanka, wav and zing – was neglected in the oeuvres of architects and art. A few are familiar with the splendid beauty of the Surya Tank, Modhera; the vertiginous Canda Baoli, Abhaneri; the incomparable Rani-ki Wav, Patan; the magnificent Kalyani Tank, Hulikere; and the beautiful Rudabai-ni Wav, Adalaj. Thousands of such monuments are excellent in architectural beauty and design, apparently based on their primary utility – drinking, bathing, religious purification and ornamental (recreation).
Water plays a quintessential role in the life of man. Its harvesting, preservation and careful use are of paramount importance, especially in those regions where rains are scanty. Thus took place the construction of these artificial water bodies. Many of them are within the precincts of temples and mosques, built in a time span of seventh to twentieth century ce.
This volume, devoted to the study of water monuments, is heavily loaded with the design of various structures and other vital information. Every detail in this book is assiduously analysed, compared and rechecked to present the dimensions, proportions and relationships of each of the various elements of the structures. Thus it unravels a number of keys by which others can unlock the mysteries and beauties of these neglected monuments.
It can be a precious collection for architects, historians, researchers and anyone who loves water bodies.

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While numerous Indian monuments are well known in the annals of architectural research and excavation, a category of monuments – baoli, bawadi, kere, kulam, kunda, talao, tanka, wav and zing – was neglected in the oeuvres of architects and art. A few are familiar with the splendid beauty of the Surya Tank, Modhera; the vertiginous Canda Baoli, Abhaneri; the incomparable Rani-ki Wav, Patan; the magnificent Kalyani Tank, Hulikere; and the beautiful Rudabai-ni Wav, Adalaj. Thousands of such monuments are excellent in architectural beauty and design, apparently based on their primary utility – drinking, bathing, religious purification and ornamental (recreation).
Water plays a quintessential role in the life of man. Its harvesting, preservation and careful use are of paramount importance, especially in those regions where rains are scanty. Thus took place the construction of these artificial water bodies. Many of them are within the precincts of temples and mosques, built in a time span of seventh to twentieth century ce.
This volume, devoted to the study of water monuments, is heavily loaded with the design of various structures and other vital information. Every detail in this book is assiduously analysed, compared and rechecked to present the dimensions, proportions and relationships of each of the various elements of the structures. Thus it unravels a number of keys by which others can unlock the mysteries and beauties of these neglected monuments.
It can be a precious collection for architects, historians, researchers and anyone who loves water bodies.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606971
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606978
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xii, 237p.
  • Size : 29
  • Weight (approx.) : 1000
  • Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Bibliography
List of Plates 
List of Figures 
Abbreviations 
Preface 
Introduction 
Stepped Wells, Tanks and Pools 
Manjushri Wav, Dhank, Gujarat 
Vishnu-pushkarini, Mahakuteshvara Temple, Badami, Karnataka 
Roda Kunda, Roda, Gujarat 
Natarajar Temple, Cidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Manikarnika Kunda (Cakra-Pushkarini Kunda), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Surya Temple, Modhera, Gujarat 
Pancamahal Kunda, Pancamahal, Gujarat 
Canda Baoli, Abhaneri, Rajasthan
Rani-ki Wav, Patan, Gujarat 
Kalayni Tank, Hulikere, Karnataka 
Cennakeshava Temple Tank, Belur, Karnataka 
Mahamaya and Navalinga Temples Tank, Kukkanur, Karnataka 
Brahma Kunda, Kaveri Temple, Telakaveri, Karnataka 
Gandhak-ki Baoli, Delhi 
Nizamuddin Baoli, Delhi 
Ugrasena-ki Baoli, Delhi 
Rudabai-ni Wav, Adalaj, Gujarat 
Dada Harar Wav, Asarwa, Gujarat 
Imperial Vijayanagara, Karnataka 
Residence Tank (north-west of RÀmacandra Temple [W1])
Octagonal Well, Malpannagudi (Vijayanagara), Karnataka 
Ramatirtha Pushkarini, Santhebennur, Karnataka 
Jami Masjid Haud, Campaner, Gujarat 
Virupaksha Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka
Vitthalapura, Hampi, Karnataka
Krishnapura, Hampi, Karnataka
Shadiabad, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh 
Inner Fort, Gingee, Tamil Nadu
Arunacala (Annamalaiar) Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
Shri Ranganathaswami Temple, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 
Ekambareshvara Temple Tank, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 
Rajon-ki Baoli, Delhi 
East Well (Baoli), Rohtas, Pakistan 
Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
Canda Bauri, Bijapur, Karnataka 
Amber Tank (Panna Mia), Amber, Rajasthan 
Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 
Fatehpur Bawdi, Fatehpur, Rajasthan  
Kalyani Kulam (Belagola), Shravanabelagola, Karnataka  
Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar, Kashmir  
Shalimar Bagh, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan  
Jagadisha Temple Tank, Udaipur, Rajasthan 
Garden Palace, Deeg, Rajasthan  
Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu 
Guru Nanak Dev-ji Tank, Tilla Jogian, Jhelum, Pakistan  
Nandanvana Baoli, Nagpur, Maharasthra  
Sakkardara Baoli, Nagpur, Maharashtra  
Thathawata-Johad, Thathawata, Rajasthan 
Final Considerations 
Appendix A
List of Notable Stepped Wells and Tanks in the Subcontinent
Appendix B
Glossary
Appendix C 
Miscellaneous Plans and Elevations
Unverified Plans
Appendix D
Relevant Ruling Dynasties  Addendum
Helical Step Well, Campaner-Pavagadh
Bibliography
Acknowledgement

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