Jaora Nawab’s Bhoot bawdi struggling for life

Indore :  Over 250 years old Bhoot bawdi, located in Sadar Bazar area, is famous for its name as well as stories behind it. It is about 100 feet deep and has more than 100 steps to reach water. Its architecture is quite unique.

At present, it is property of Waqf Board and was constructed by Nawab of Jaora.

“Bawdi was constructed by Jaora’s Nawab to provide water for agriculture and serving herds. Later, it was handed over to Zamindar Fateh Singh Panna Lal and then to a community for its upkeep,” resident Sajan Bai said.

She said that the bawdi was serving the area till 15 years ago and its water was used during every gathering like marriages.

Bhoot bawdi filled with garbage, dumped by local people (Upper) Inside view of the bawdi, Photos by Pintu Namdev
Bhoot bawdi filled with garbage, dumped by local people (Upper) Inside view of the bawdi, Photos by Pintu Namdev

“It was a major source of water earlier and water was supplied to farmers through pumps from this bawdi. Now, it is struggling for existence as people have forgotten its importance due to increasing bore-wells,” Sajan Bai added.

Another resident Anjad Bhai said, “We are trying our best to save the bawdi and also participated in its cleaning. Now, rainwater is the only source of bawdi but it can again serve the area without much effort.”

People started cleaning the bawdi to rejuvenate it for their water need

Local residents also informed that it was named ‘Bhoot bawdi’ due to presence of evil spirits.

Corporator’s representative Anwar Qadri said that they have cleaned the bawdi for rejuvenating it.

“Amid water crisis, our traditional water resources can become savior if maintained properly. We removed 1 tonne waste from this bawdi and will remove the remaining garbage soon. We are also planning to deepen it after removing the filth,” Qadri said.

Water recharging should be done in every mosque: Shahar Qazi

Jaora Nawab’s Bhoot bawdi struggling for life

On the occasion of Ramzan month, Shahar Qazi Dr Isharat Ali urged people to save water for future. He said that they had appealed to former mayor KM Moghe to develop water recharging system in every mosque and dargah so that large amount of water could be recharged. “More than 150 mosques and dargahs are present in the city. Daily thousands of people go for offering prayers and do cleaning hands and face before prayer. If this water was recharged than more than 50 crore liter water can be released in earth again,” he said. Dr Ali added that his proposal was not taken seriously but they are requesting the current mayor for the same.

Bawdi at a glance

  • Location -Ward no. 58, Sadar Bazar
  • Area – 30×18 meters (aprox.)
  • Depth – 100 feet
  • Shape -Rectangular
  • Present status – uncovered, filled with garbage

Present issues

  • Encroachment by residents
  • Religious encroachment
  • Dumping ground for religious waste
  • Filled with garbage
  • Negligence by civic body

Significance of bawdi

  • Source of groundwater level
  • Made by Jaora’s Nawab about 250 years
  • Religious importance due to dargah near bawdi
  • Never dried up

What They Say

Jaora Nawab’s Bhoot bawdi struggling for life

“Bhoot bawdi is famous for its unique architecture. It was a major source of water till two decades ago but now it has turned into a dumping ground.”

Amjad Khan, Resident

Jaora Nawab’s Bhoot bawdi struggling for life

“Bawdis are example of glorious past. It is believed that evil spirit is living in it. People don’t want to venture into it due to fear. Now, urbanization eliminates fear among people.”

– Sajan bai,  Resident

Jaora Nawab’s Bhoot bawdi struggling for life

“We have started cleaning the bawdi and will rejuvenate it to its original form. Shahar Qazi and other social activists are coming forward to save the bawdi as it can serve the area without any expense.”

– Anwar Qadri, Corporator’s representative

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