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Thursday, February 16, 2012

SurajKund (Lake of the Sun)

The Black and White Thursday photos of the week which I am posting today shows the ancient Suraj-kund (the word Kund means a lake or a reservoir) (seasonal in nature), located near Delhi (built in the 10th Century by the King Suraj Pal of Tomar Dynasty). It was constructed in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheater shaped embankment. The embankments were later renovated by Feroze Shah Tughlaq of the Tughlaq Dynasty in the 14th Century -




Main steps leading to the reservoir
(The reservoir is seasonal and gets filled only with seasonal monsoon rains)

Amphitheater shaped embankment
(The reservoir is seasonal and gets filled only with seasonal monsoon rains)

With a total surface area of 99 acres the Suraj Kund (Kund means Lake) is a man-made reservoir located (1.2 mi) away to the south west from a more ancient dam of the 8th century called Anagpur Dam. The king Suraj Pal Tomar was a sun worshiper and he had therefore built a Sun temple on its western bank.


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