Panna Meena Ka Kund

About Panna Meena Ka Kund
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Panna Meena ka Kund, near Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Visiting Timing:

6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Sunrise to sunset)

Entry Fees:

Nil

Duration:

Approx 20 – 30 minutes

Significance:

Picturesque for photography

Jaipur is home to world renowned & iconic tourist attractions. Along with the main attractions of Jaipur city, Panna Meena ka Kund is a hidden architectural gem at the outskirts of the city. It is an incredible stepwell that shows the grandeur of architecture that a man had built, a few centuries ago. The stunning pale yellow Panna Meena ka Kund stepwell was built in the 16th century during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh. It is also famous by the name of Panna Meena ki Naoli and Panna Meena Baori. The purpose of creating this stepwell was to harvest and store water of the ‘monsoon’ rains. The architectural design is done in a very intelligent way with criss-cross steps. The primary purpose of the stepwell was to utilize it as a reservoir for the drier months as Rajasthan, a desert state, faces paucity of water during summer season. A lot of criss-cross steps were constructed as a level indicator of water. This made easy for the people to walk down to the water level to access water in the pool. Owing to its utility as a place of potable water, bathing, public gathering etc, Panna Meena Ka Kund has been center of activities and attraction for the nearby inhabitants. People loved coming to this eight storey staircases waterpool back then for social and regular meetings. As per the historical evidences, it is about 450 years old. There is a temple just next to the ‘kund’ which is now converted into a monument.

Though there are no authentic stories attached to the construction of the Panna Meena ka Kund, yet some people believe that there was a eunuch during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh. He served in the royal court. His name was Panna Miah. He was somehow related to the construction of this kund which the locals believe. Another belief suggests that the land of Amber was primarily inhabited by the Meenas before the advent of the Rajput. Panna Meena was a brave warrior of that time and this kund was built in his remembrance. Since, there is no record of any such thing in the history, nothing could be conclusively told about such stories.

This kund was designed by a Brahmin and obviously it was further constructed by engineers and craftsmen. A very intriguing fact is related to the design & construction of the kund. As per the locals, the same set of stairs can’t be used for walking down and coming up. This indicates that the same set of stairs can’t be utilised by the same person. The architecture of Panna MeenaKa Kund is all about the symmetrical stairs throughout. The architectural concept is simply stunning and very unique. It is a staircase pool of 8 storeys with octagonal criss-cross stairs. The stairs lead to the core of the kund from the two floors of the terrace. The unique aspect of these stairs is that the stairs have only three sides and then there is a plenty of space to sit on the fourth. There are various niches in between the stair levels that beautify & enrich the design. This was the most accessible and intelligently made kund of Jaipur amongst others.

Panna Meena ka Kund is situated near Anokhi Museum and Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple on the very busy Jaipur – Amber road. Though it is frequently visited by the locals and the tourists, but it normally remains un-crowded. Since this is not a very popular place of Jaipur like other palaces, people skip coming here. But, the travellers who visit the place become glad to see this masterpiece and also have the whole kund for them to explore. The view of the Amber Fort and the mountains can be seen from here. The best time to visit the place is during the ‘monsoons’. There is no entry fee to visit this kund and also remains open from the sunrise time to the

sunset time. It is a stunning place for photography. The pale yellow walls and the stunning stairs make for a great backdrop for the pictures.

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