Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient step well designated a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is a historical step well measuring 60 metres long and 15 metres wide in New Delhi. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built Agrasen ki Baoli, it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat epic era and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community which traces its origin to Maharajah Agrasen.
Water temples and temple step wells were built in ancient Indiaas far back as the Indus Valley Civilisation.
It is among a few of its kind in Delhi. Some parts of the well are permanently immersed in water. The visible parts of this historical step well with 103 steps consist of three levels. Each level is lined with arched niches on both sides.
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