Bund of the Jaisamand lake [Dhebar Lake]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the bund at Jaisamand Lake from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur' taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
Jaisamand Lake, also known as Dhebar Lake, lies about 52 km south-east of Udaipur and is the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. Completed in 1691, the lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh (r. 1680-1698) to provide water for agricultural irrigation. The huge masonry bund or dam measures 330 x 35 m. This is a view looking parallel to the dam with hills beyond. Six white marble chhatris or domed pavilions ornament the dam along its length and a quadrangular Shiva temple stands in the centre of the embankment. Ghats and platforms decorated with statues of elephants lead down to the water.