General view of Mata Bhavani's Step-well at Asarwa, near Ahmadabad
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Mata Bhavani's Step-well at Asarwa near Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The step-well or baoli, is a form typical to Gujarat and consists of two parts: the well, which can be either circular or octagonal, and the galleries, connected by flights of steps leading down to the water-level. James Burgess wrote in Archaeological Survey of Western India, Vol VIII, "Rising above the ground level, over each landing platform in the descent, is a canopy supported by nine pillars...These chhatris or canopies have projecting eaves and form an additional storey above each platform. The pillars throughout the work are very plain, having square bases and lower shafts, changing first to to octagonal and then to circular, with bracket capitals...At the corners of the roofs of these canopies are conventional lions, and in the middle of each side there were figures of secondary Hindu divinities, now partly destroyed...The interest of this old wav [step-well] consists largely in its being almost the last remaining example of purely Hindu times."