Saheliyon Ki Badi
Saheliyon Ki Badi is a beautiful garden located close to the Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur. The garden was constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh II during the 18th Century. After his wedding, the queen was accompanied with 48 maids of honor. The garden was built so that the royal ladies can stroll around, away from the political interests of the court.
At the entry to Saheliyon Ki Badi
Saheliyon Ki Badi has five sets of fountains, totally comprising of more than 2000 fountains. The fountains get water from Fateh Sagar Lake through the ducts that was designed to generate enough strength to make the fountains active during all the seasons! It is indeed a marvelous design that involves study and understand of water dynamics, and design the fountains in an era when there was no electricity! The first of the fountain if found at the entrance to Saheliyon Ki Badi and hence called Swagat Fountain (Welcome fountain).
The Raasleela fountain is where the queen would be seated at the center, and enjoys the beauty and the sounds of water coming of the neighboring fountains. The maids used to dance around the fountain playing in the water of the fountains and hence it is called Raasleela (type of dance) fountain.
Of particular interest are two set of fountains that form an illusion of rain in different seasons. They are aptly named Savan Badho fountain, and Bin Badal Barsaat Fountain. The designers of these fountains carefully listened the sound of the rains in all the seasons (monsoon, winter and summer), and tried to replicate the sound by positioning the fountain jets appropriately. The Savan Badho (Monsoon) fountain creates an illusion of rain during the monsoon season.
Savan Bhodo fountain
Bin Badal Barsaat fountain (translates to rain without clouds) replicates the sound of rain during non-monsoon season.
Bin Badal Barsaat Fountain
The Kamal Talai (translates to Lotus Pond) Fountain is a set of fountains that surround a lotus pool. At the center of the pool is a small stage-like structure which has a designer pillar that has a lot of art work. At the bottom of the pillar are statues of four lions that are carved in marble and painted. Each lion is carved out of a single marble stone. Similarly, there are four single-marble carved elephant statues at the edge of the pond, one at each direction.
Kamal Talai fountain
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