Stepwell Restoration In Jaipur Kadam Kund

During the last few weeks, there was a cleanup drive in one of the ancient Stepwells in Jaipur by the civic authority, Jaipur Municipal Corporation. This was in partnership with the local residents. The aim of the drive was the restoration and clean up of ancient Baoris of Jaipur. For the uninitiated, a Baori is a Stepwell, a source of water during old times in the semi-arid region. There are many Stepwells in Jaipur. You can find a blog on Jaipur Stepwell on JaipurThruMyLens – Jaipur Stepwell | The Lost Heritage

Water conservation program in Jaipur with public participation by the civic body

What is Stepwell?

Stepwell is an ancient system to collect water during rains and ensures the availability of water throughout the year. One can find Baoris stretching across a large geographical area in India; from the state of Gujarat to the capital region of Delhi, as well as in Karnataka The dependence of people on this source continued until the new system of tapped water lines replaced it at the beginning of the 20th century. Thereafter, locals stopped using Stepwells resulting in its deterioration. Some of the most famous Stepwells in India are Chand Baori Stepwell in Rajasthan, Modhera, and Adlaj Styepwell in Gujrat. One of the most famous Stepwell in Jaipur is Panna Meena Kund. You can read about it here – Panna Meena Kund | The Hidden Jewel of Amer

Stepwell Restoration In Jaipur | The Kadam Kund

Of late, a drive to restore this important part of our culture and heritage is gaining ground. With the Al-Nino effect in full swing, there’s been a major push to clean & restore these water sources. Water conservation is an impeding factor. I’m posting a few pictures clicked of the Stepwell cleanup and restoration drive. Kadam Kund is one of the Stepwells in Jaipur located in Brahampuri not too far from Nahargarh Fort Hill. It has three reservoirs. The source of water of this Baori is water collected from the nearby hills during the rainfall. During the monsoon season, one can witness multiple waterfalls in the nearby hills, the source of water for the Baori.

Heritage Baori in Jaipur –Kadam Kund

The local residents were removing dirt and debris from the Kadamb Kund water reservoir. A few were wearing orange t-shirts with a special message printed on them. The JMC provided logistical support. It’s great to see people coming forward for the cause.

Local residents cleaning the Kadam Kund Baori 
water conservation program at Kadam Kund Bawri, Jaipur
Kadam Kund Bawri
Water level marking at Kadam Kund Jaipur
Kadam Kund Baori, Jaipur

This stepwell cleaning in Jaipur is a great initiative to clean ancient water storage systems before the rainy season. Preserving our heritage is important. A large number of Stepwells or Baoris were built by the Jaipur rulers during princely rule over the last few Centuries which are now in disrepair and requiring urgent restoration.

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22 thoughts on “Stepwell Restoration In Jaipur Kadam Kund

    1. The only reason why I can say that these time tested methods were put out of use is that we all beleived that we can get away with new systems – tapped water. Unfotunately, this has led to misuse of available resources. The newer systems tend to consume more water as well. This has led to drying or overburdening of source of origin. I’m sure nature will do something to restore balance. Famines, epidemics, floods were some of the checks performed by nature. We may try to over power nature, but we all know who the boss is! hanks for your thoughts. 🙂

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  1. God is found a way to say man that he has to start doing all the restoration of the water bodies. If we are to do something it’s for some selfish reason. We humans tend to mis-use things then realize it in a hard way. But good some reforms are happening. 🙂☺️😊

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    1. Thanks Meena for your thoughts. It’s true that we humans take everything to extreme…probably due to greed! Fortunately, nature has it’s own way of restoring balance and counter-balance. It’s just the start, whether it maintains the momentum or not…is yet to be seen! I hope that it does.. 🙂

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  2. this is so heartening…we really must keep our time tested methods of water conservation going…in goa,all the fields have these huge dug out ponds…usually they dry up only around mid may…this year,thanks to a below average rainfall last season…i saw most of them run dry by mid march…so ya…good going jaipur:)

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I have always felt that we are abandoning age old systems thinking that newer methods are better, without actually analysing it carefully. We are suffering from colonial mindset- anything emanating from west “must” be good. We tend to forget that systems used by our ancestors were devised based on local suitability. I hope we realize this..at least now! I can relate with what you exlained above in respect of Goa. I have seen them many years ago. well, El-Nino has affected everyone this year- across the globe!

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  3. Der aaye durust aaye! Better late than never….it’s heartening to see people join hands to help civic bodies…or is it vice versa…whatever, it is great to see this work gaining momentum. Conservation is the key word these days…our survival depends on it! Good picture coverage, as usual!

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  4. Interesting…where in Jaipur is Kadam Kund? Do you have exact location info (ideally GPS coordinates)? I am leading a collaborative mapping project of stepwells called Stepwell Atlas – we have 1800+ stepwells mapped (including many in and around Jaipur), but not this one I think…
    Many thanks!

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    1. Hi, Philip, yes I can provide information. Unlike other Baori or stepwell its structure is slightly different. It’s not so deep. Let me what all information you need. Will be happy to help.


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