Monday, November 29, 2010

Taj Bawdi, Bijapur

Taj Bawdi constructed in 1620, is one of the interesting sights in Bijapur (State: Karnataka). Ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah built this well in honor of his queen Taj Sultana.

It measures 223 sq feet and 52 feet deep. The entrance to the well has a 35 feet span majestic arch and is flanked by two octagonal towers. On the eastern and western sides of the tower there were the rest houses for the tired travelers. Beyond the archway is a small platform and a flights of stairs on either sides of the platform leads one to the water.

This place is not maintained that well, and if not taken care soon will be ruins. The landscape of Bijapur is full of historic monuments. Every inch of a place here has a tale of its own to depict. It is impossible to maintain them, unless the people themselves take the initiative.

59 comments:

V Rakesh said...

Wow! Majestic!

Sadly, a lot of such historic edifices lack the care that they truly deserve!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Stunning place and gorgeous picture. Kind regards.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Interesting!

Zuzana said...

Very interesting structure, the bow almost defines the laws of physics.;)
xoxo

Sucharita Sarkar said...

It is really sad that so many interesting historical places are falling to ruins because of neglect. Thank you for highlighting such problems.

pietrzyk said...

Very good photo.Greetings Andrzej.

joshi daniel said...

i liked that arch very much!

Life Ramblings said...

this looks like a fascinating sight to explore.

George said...

I'm sorry to hear that this may soon be in ruins. That arch is absolutely majestic.

Carver said...

Even without being well maintained it is very impressive. I love the arched entrance.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post as always, Rajesh, and how sad that such a wonderful place may be lost and apparently it's not the only one in danger of being lost! So much beauty and history allowed to fall into ruin is truly unfortunate for the country and the people. Hopefully that won't be the case here, but I sense that the future doesn't look good! Thanks for sharing, as always! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Jossie said...

Another fantastic structure. I hope they will maintain it and keep it for future generations. It really is worth it.

aka Penelope said...

Our past is so precious. Once the significance is realized people do take it upon themselves to make sure ancient structures are rescued from ruin. You highlighting this arch and gift to the queen helps bring attention to it.:)

Indrani said...

It is really disappointing that the site is not maintained well. Those having the national heritage tag are looked after well.

Barb said...

Hi Rajesh, So sad to think of something so ancient and majestic going to ruin. The shape of the archway is flower-like. I'm wondering if the people still get their water supply from this old well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hi Rajesh. This is the first of your posts I've seen that mentioned the maintenance and upkeep costs and problems. I've always wondered how those beautiful buildings that you show are maintained, because it has to be quite costly.

It is such a shame when beautiful structures are allowed to disintegrate. (Even when they're only as old as the ones we have in this country ;>)

A very interesting post; thank you.

magiceye said...

wow amazing!

Kay L. Davies said...

It is sad to see beautiful places that can't be maintained, and I'm sure it makes you sad because of your interest in India's history.
I like the idea of the rest houses here for tired travelers.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

alicesg said...

The arch was beautifully constructed. Worth to preserved and maintained.

Team G Square said...

yes , Seriously we need to think about different ways about how to protect and maintain these places .

eileeninmd said...

It is a majestic looking arch, sad that it is not well cared for. It should be preserved.

Rizalenio said...

I love India. I love your site. Glad to have found your world. Will be back here for inspiration.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful structure and interesting history. Sad that it could be in ruins.

Lawstude said...

awesome shots as usual. i love how you frame your shots specially the first pic. thanks for sharing your world with us.

Sumandebray said...

Quite an interesting Post!
I do not beleive that every thing from teh past should be preserved ... maybe only the gems!

Randi said...

What a beautiful arch. It´s really sad that not all historic buildings can be maintained.

YOSEE said...

How sad that a wonderful monument from the past is not maintained well ! I think we should have Corporate Sponsors for each monument, so that the ASI need not struggle with too many on its plate.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful place and photo, very good info.

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Nanka said...

Interesting!! Even smaller places have great things to show!!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a fabulous well. The well of love.

MorningAJ said...

That's beautiful. The arch is gorgeous.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very impressive entrance, the portal is magnificent!
Léia

RuneE said...

A pearl within a pearl :-)

EG Wow said...

The arch has such a beautiful shape.

Roger Owen Green said...

Definite wear-and-teart, yet still beautiful.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Babooshka said...

Again it is such a world away from anything we have here and such a majestic building.

Joy said...

It would be stunning repaired, but worth a journey as it is. Love the goats in the corner and the bike, perfect way to travel.

Annelie said...

wow amazing and interesting water!

lotusleaf said...

What a pity that such a beautiful structure is not well maintained. I hope the citizens of Bijapur will maintain their historic monuments themselves.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous arch.

Watery Wednesday

Eden said...

What a beautiful structure! Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing its history.

Luna Miranda said...

an amazing place! the well is quite interesting. i hope this structure would be renovated and maintained.

indicaspecies said...

I'd like to visit this place sometime, thanks to your post. Hope the Taj Bawdi gets the attention it deserves to save it from ruin.

Jacob said...

It is a beautiful and very interesting place...and so sad that it is not being maintained properly...but I'd guess such maintenance would be very expensive...still...

flutietootie said...

I like the arch. I am sure it is nice on the inside. I hope they come to restore it.

jabblog said...

It would be a shame to see such an interesting place fall into disrepair, but I suppose there are only so many buildings a state can afford to maintain. It's not cheap!

La Michelle said...

you have a great blog :D
i really wanna visit India one day, looks beautiful

xoxo

Reader Wil said...

Such a pity that these buildings cannot be kept in a good condition! Thank you for this interesting post!

Haddock said...

What an enormous monument.
Can imagine the effort they took in those days.

Pietro said...

Another fantastic place!

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the appreciation.
This monument is not maintained by ASI. This is under the control of different body. Most of the monuments maintained by ASI are in good condition.

I like one of the idea suggested, that corporate bodies sponsor some of the monuments.

Jeevan said...

Sometimes ever the authorities do something to maintain the monuments, it’s impossible to keep it tide and clean... to keep it away from ruins, without responsible visitors.

Rajesh said...

Thank you. Yes, not only the authorities, the people have to make the effort to maintain them well.

Arti said...

It is sad to see our heritage disintegrating like this... Hopefully we will be able to protect them!
Beautiful post, loved massive entrance!

Geeta Singh said...

well said rajesh and arti :)
nice 1 :-)

Nethra said...

Karnataka is a beautiful place and tourism can generate revenue too. I hope government realize that and do something about it pretty soon.

Sudha said...

I visited Bijapur and the Taj Bawdi in September 2010 and was saddened by its state. In fact, the problems with such heritage structures is that theya rea maintained in isolation from the rest of the city it is based in. I don't know why the Bawdi is not on the list of monuments protected by the ASI. The other sites like the Gol Gumbaz or the Ibrahim Rouza are very well maintained.

Arpana said...

fascinating!

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the appreciation.
This monument is not maintained by ASI. This is under the control of different body and it has not taken proper care of this structure.

But, not only the authorities, the people have to make the effort to maintain them well.