Mahimapur Stepwell – A Journey Through History, Architecture, Conservation and Documentation

Authors

  • Chinmay Burange Assistant Professor, Sipna School of Planning and Architecture, Amravati, India
  • Sarang Holey Associate Professor, Sipna School of Planning and Architecture, Amravati, India
  • Dhanashri Pande Assistant Professor, Sipna School of Planning and Architecture, Amravati, India

Keywords:

Ancient stepwell, Barav, Heritage, Satmajli Barav, Stepwell, Baodi

Abstract

Mahimapur, a picturesque village nestled in Maharashtra's Amravati district, embodies a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition. This comprehensive exploration delves into the village's rich historical tapestry, its architectural gem, the Mahimapur stepwell, and the ambitious restoration project surrounding it. The narrative unfolds by tracing Mahimapur's geographical context and climatic nuances, setting the stage for an in-depth journey into its historical significance. The village's historical legacy is deeply intertwined with the Yadav dynasty and the Bahamani Empire, whose architectural influences continue to shape the region. The socio-economic fabric of Mahimapur revolves around agriculture, with a unique focus on traditional water harvesting systems that have sustained the local population for centuries. The stepwells in the region not only serve practical purposes but also showcase intricate sculptures that fuse art with function. The Mahimapur stepwell itself is a marvel of architectural ingenuity, boasting a linear design with 85 wide steps, seven storeys, and captivating arches. The construction techniques employed, including squinch dome construction, stone masonry, brick masonry, and diverse arch techniques, testify to the builders' craftsmanship. This exploration also unveils the stepwell's rich architectural elements, such as sculptures from the Yadava period and torana patterns, which offer insights into the region's cultural and historical significance. The restoration project associated with the Mahimapur stepwell aims to explore its architectural style, recover and restore dilapidated portions, ensure year-round water accessibility, and improve groundwater levels in the region. This endeavor not only preserves history and culture but also promises sustainable development for the local community. Mahimapur's story, as told through its stepwell, serves as a compelling reminder of the importance of preserving cultural heritage and nurturing an appreciation for the treasures hidden in our villages and towns. The Mahimapur stepwell stands as an inspiring example of how the past can enrich the present and shape the future.

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Published

03-12-2023

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How to Cite

[1]
C. Burange, S. Holey, and D. Pande, “Mahimapur Stepwell – A Journey Through History, Architecture, Conservation and Documentation”, IJRESM, vol. 6, no. 12, pp. 6–13, Dec. 2023, Accessed: Jun. 17, 2024. [Online]. Available: https://journal.ijresm.com/index.php/ijresm/article/view/2875