महाराष्ट्र बारव मोहीम (Maharashtra Stepwells)

महाराष्ट्र बारव मोहीम
(Maharashtra Stepwells Campaign)



Conservation of Maharashtra’s stepwells through people’s participation

One of the areas of knowledge India excelled in the past was building efficient water management systems. The historical water conservation and supply systems in the arid regions of India are testimony to this fact. However, thanks to the changed notion of development, many of the structures which served the need of people for centuries suddenly became redundant and are lying in the state of misery today. At a time when several parts of the country are facing severe water shortage, the need to revive these invaluable water sources cannot be emphasised more.

Stepwell is undoubtably one of such system which served the water requirement of people for drinking, bathing, washing and even irrigation occasionally. The State of Maharashtra has thousands of Stepwells. If revived, they could become an excellent source of water for drinking and domestic use for people in rural areas. And the first step to do this is to map and document all the stepwells in the state. 

With this goal in mind, we have set out on a journey to explore the historic stepwells in Maharashtra and have mapped 1800+ Stepwells so far.

Highlights of this Campaign:
*Maharashtra State has the Highest Number of Stepwells in India (so far mapped 1800+).
*Magnificent Chalukya / Yadav Era Stepwells (almost 700+ years old).
*Stepwells in Maharashtra are Built in Different Architectural Shapes : L-Shape, Z-Shape, T-Shape, U-Shape, Helical Shape.
*Maharashtra has a Sword Shape Stepwell.
*Maharashtra has Stepwells with One, Two, Three & Four Side Entrances.

Our Goals : 
~ Creating the largest and most reliable database of Stepwells in Maharashtra for research and conservation purposes.
~ Identify thousands of Stepwells (capturing gps coordinates and mapping them on custom google map for public view).
~ Capture Photographs/Drone Shots of Stepwells.
~ Collaborating with colleges for study of architectural designs of stepwells.
~ Organize cleanliness drives.
~ Collaborating with people and government for conservation of stepwells.
~ Encourage villagers / local heritage explorers to also identify unique stepwells as tourist attractions.
~ Organize free study tours for students.
~ Sharing good work done by respective village locals/authorities in conserving stepwells through social and print media to motivate other villages/states.
~ Ecological water purification system for stepwells.

Our Vision : 
~ Urbanized Areas/Cities : Heritage Conservation and Tourism Development.
~ Village/Remote Interior Areas : Water can be used for Irrigation Purpose / Water can be utilized during Drought Times.
~ Study ancient trade routes as stepwells were built along the trade routes.
~ Celebrate Stepwell Mahotsav in Maharashtra, our stepwells to be lit up with Diyas and we familiarize our People/International Visitors about Indian History and Culture at each Stepwell Site region wise : State/District/Taluka/Village.

ध्येय आणि दृष्टी :
महाराष्ट्र बारव मोहीम अंतर्गत आम्ही महाराष्ट्रातील स्टेपवेल्स चे मॅपिंग, दस्तऐवजीकरण करणार आहोत आणि फोटोग्राफी, ड्रोन फोटो काढून सार्वजिनक लोकांना उपलब्ध करून देणार आहोत ह्या Website च्या माध्यमातून आम्ही आता पर्यंत महाराष्ट्र मधले १५००+ स्टेपवेल्स  खाली उपलब्ध करून दिलेल्या नकाशावर मॅप केले आहेत.
~ महाराष्ट्र राज्य दुष्काळ मुक्त करण्याचा प्रकल्प.
~ जन जागृती करून स्टेपवेल्स चे जतन-संवर्धन करायचं ध्येय आहे.
महाराष्ट्र बारव महोत्सव साजरा करायचा आणि आपल्या स्टेपवेल्स दिव्यांनी, फुलांनी, रांगोळीनी साजवायच्या आणि ह्या माध्यमातून आपल्या महाराष्ट्राचा गौरवशाली इतिहास परप्रांतीय लोकांना परिचय करून देणं... 


We are Exploring Stepwells in Maharashtra which includes बारव/बाव/घोडबाव, पायविहीर, कुंड, पुष्करणी, पोखरण, Helical स्टेपवेल्स.

Instructions in English : 
Google Map for Viewing Stepwell Locations : 
*Open the below map in your google maps by clicking on the right top corner box.
*Zoom in and click on the Pin Locations (Blue-White Circle). It will reflect the Stepwell Location and Pic if available of the Stepwell.
*Click on the Direction Button and it a route will start to guide you to the stepwell location.
*This customized google map will get automatically get stored in your google maps and everytime we add new stepwells, it will get updated in your google maps.

Instructions in Marathi : 
*कृत्रिम पद्धतीने बनवलेला नकाशा गुगल मॅप मध्ये उघडा (वरती उजव्या बाजूच्या चौकोनावर क्लिक करा).
*नकाशा झूम करा व निळ्या-पांढऱ्या वर्तुळावर क्लीक करा. तुम्हाला सगळ्या बारवांची नकाशा मध्ये स्थाने व छायाचित्रे दिसतील.
*त्या ठिकाणी जाण्यासाठी 'Direction' वर क्लीक करा. आता तिकडे कसं जायचे व तुम्ही तुमच्या स्थानापासून ती बारव किती लांब आहे हे कळेल.
*सगळ्या बारावांचे नकाशे व स्थाने तुमच्या गुगल मॅप मध्ये संग्रहित झालेले असतील, आणि जेवढे बारव आढळतील तेवढे त्या नकाशात संग्रहित होतील. 
(आता यापुढे तुम्ही थेट गुगल मॅप वर नेहमी सगळ्या बारावांचे नकाशे बघू शकता).

Exact Locations of Stepwells in Google Maps


Helical Stepwell , one of its kind across the globe.
Unique "Helical Stepwell" with Spiral Steps from 8 Sides leading to the Well Shaft and 8 Devakoshta (Niches) above the steps.
Village : Walur , Taluka : Selu , District : Parbhani

Helical Stepwell

Helical Stepwell



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Stepwells in Konkan Region
(Raigad ~ Ratnagiri ~ Sindhudurg ~ 
Mumbai ~ Thane ~ Palghar)

Sapteshwar Temple Stepwell
Village : Sangameshwar
Taluka : Sangameshwar
District : Ratnagiri
Mapped No # 261
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale


Dirba Devi Temple Stepwell
Village : Jamsande
Taluka : Devgad
District : Sindhudurg
Mapped No # 258
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Ganpatipule Temple Stepwell
Village : Ganpatipule
Taluka : Ratnagiri
District : Ratnagiri
Mapped No # 310
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Bramhandev Temple Stepwell
Village : Hirlewadi
Taluka : Malvan
District : Sindhudurg
Mapped No # 369
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Madhe Ghat Stepwell
Village : Ranwadi Khurd
Taluka : Mahad
District : Raigad
Mapped No # 128
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Aditeshwar Mandir Stepwell
Village : Sandelavagan
Taluka : Ratnagiri
District : Ratnagiri
Mapped No # 356
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Redeghumat Stepwell
Village : Banda
Taluka : Sawantwadi
District : Sindhudurg
Mapped No # 239
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Kankeshwar Stepwell
Village : Kankeshwar
Taluka : Alibaug
District : Raigad
Mapped No # 131
Photo Credits : Surekha Kolhal

Bhoke Stepwell
Village : Bhoke
Taluka : Ratnagiri
District : Ratnagiri
Mapped No # 252
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale




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Stepwells in Paschim MH Region
(Ahmednagar ~ Pune ~ Satara ~ Sangli ~ Solapur ~ Kolhapur)

Karanjgaon Stepwell
Village : Karanjgaon
Taluka : Mawal
District : Pune
Mapped No # 82
Photo Credits : Manoj Sinkar

Mallikarjun Temple Pushkarni
Village : Loni Bhapkar
Taluka : Baramati
District : Pune
Mapped No # 56
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Manchar Stepwell
Village : Manchar
Taluka : Ambegaon
District : Pune
Mapped No # 69
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Bakuli cha Mala Stepwell
Village : Mavadi Kadepathar
Taluka : Purandar
District : Pune
Mapped No # 53
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Shakambhari Mata Temple Stepwell
Village : Nagewadi
Taluka : Satara
District : Satara
Mapped No # 123
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Helical Stepwell
Village : Shendurjane
Taluka : Wai
District : Satara
Mapped No # 111
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale
Baneshwar Temple Stepwell
Village : Talegaon Dabhade
Taluka : Mawal
District : Pune
Mapped No # 33
Photo Credits : Manoj Sinkar

Ramling Temple Stepwell
Village : Gursale
Taluka : Khatav
District : Satara
Mapped No # 36
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Bhandgaon Stepwell
Village : Bhandgaon
Taluka : Parner
District : Ahmednagar
Mapped No # 91
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Bramhani Stepwell
Village : Bramhani
Taluka : Rahuri
District : Ahmednagar
Mapped No # 93
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Nighoj Stepwell
Village : Nighoj
Taluka : Parner
District : Ahmednagar
Mapped No # 144
Photo Credits : Manoj Sinkar

Belwandi Kothar Stepwell
Village : Belwandi Kothar
Taluka : Shrigonda
District : Ahmednagar
Mapped No # 590
Photo Credits : Manoj Sinkar


Ballaleshwar Mandir Stepwell
Village : Jejuri
Taluka : Purandar
District : Pune
Mapped No # 66
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale


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Stepwells in Marathwada Region
(Aurangabad ~ Jalna ~ Parbhani ~ Hingoli ~ Nanded ~ Beed ~ Latur ~ Osmanabad)

Nagnath Mandir Stepwell
Village : Hatnoor
Taluka : Sailu
District : Parbhani
Mapped No # 229
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Arvi Stepwell
Village : Arvi
Taluka : Parbhani
District : Parbhani
Mapped No # 474
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Devgiri Fort Stepwell
Village : Devgiri (Daulatabad)
Taluka : Aurangabad
District : Aurangabad
Mapped No # 189
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Stepwell near Gokuleshwar Mandir
Village : Charthana
Taluka : Jintur
District : Parbhani
Mapped No # 207
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Stepwell near Mahadev Mandir
Village : Helaswadi
Taluka : Mantha
District : Jalna
Mapped No # 287
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Stepwell near Renuka Mata Mandir
Village : Longaon
Taluka : Bhokardan
District : Jalna
Mapped No # 450
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Paradgaon Stepwell
Village : Paradgaon
Taluka : Ghansawangi
District : Jalna
Mapped No # 462
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Pingleshwar Mandir Stepwell
Village : Pingli
Taluka : Parbhani
District : Parbhani
Mapped No # 227
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Stepwell besides Mahadev Mandir
Village : Raipur
Taluka : Sailu
District : Parbhani
Mapped No # 473
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Stepwell near Renuka Devi Temple
Village : Dahegaon Devi
Taluka : Ghansawangi
District : Jalna
Mapped No # 459
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Shukanand Math Stepwell
Village : Basmat
Taluka : Basmat
District : Hingoli
Mapped No # 488
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Amrut Tirth (Stepwell)
Village : Verul
Taluka : Khultabad
District : Aurangabad
Mapped No # 190
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

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Vidarbha Region Stepwells
(Buldhana ~ Washim ~ Akola ~ Amravati ~ Yavatmal ~ Wardha ~ Nagpur ~ Bhandara ~ Gondia ~ Gadchiroli ~ Chandrapur)

Anjani Khurd Stepwell
Village : Anjani Khurd
Taluka : Lonar
District : Buldhana
Mapped No # 321
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Gomukh Temple Stepwell
Village : Lonar
Taluka : Lonar
District : Buldhana
Mapped No # 201
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Lal Baug Stepwell
Village : Malkapur
Taluka : Malkapur
District : Buldhana
Mapped No # 412
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Palsi Khurd Stepwell
Village : Palsi Khurd
Taluka : Khamgaon
District : Buldhana
Mapped No # 525
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Mahimapur Stepwell
Village : Mahimapur
Taluka : Daryapur
District : Amravati
Mapped No # 223
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Riddhapur Stepwell
Village : Riddhapur
Taluka : Morshi
District : Amravati
Mapped No # 222
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Barshi Takali Stepwell
Village : Barshi Takali
Taluka : Barshi Takali
District : Akola
Mapped No # 530
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Adasa Stepwell
Village : Adasa
Taluka : Savner
District : Nagpur
Mapped No # 330
Photo Credits : Kunal Wandhre



Pinjar Stepwell
Village : Pinjar
Taluka : Barshil Takali
District : Akola
Mapped No # 531
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale




North Maharashtra Stepwells
(Nashik - Dhule - Jalgaon - Nandurbar)

Ahilyapur Stepwell
Village : Ahilyapur
Taluka : Shirpur
District : Dhule
Mapped No # 280
Photo Credits : Prashant Varma




Brahmagiri Stepwell
Village : Trimbak
Taluka : Trimbakeshwar
District : Nashik
Mapped No # 315
Photo Credits : Piyush Deokute

Naitale Stepwell
Village : Naitale
Taluka : Niphad
District : Nashik
Mapped No # 534
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Amboli Stepwell
Village : Amboli
Taluka : Trimbakeshwar
District : Nashik
Mapped No # 543
Photo Credits : Rohan Kale

Vikharan Stepwell
Village : Vikharan
Taluka : Sindkheda
District : Dhule
Mapped No # 657
Photo Credits : Prashant Varma

Dhodap Fort Stepwell
Village : Dhodambe
Taluka : Chandwad
District : Nashik
Mapped No # 954
Photo Credits : Tejas Khedekar

Mangrul Stepwell
Village : Mangrul
Taluka : Amalner
District : Jalgaon
Mapped No # 1210
Photo Credits : Nikhil Baisane

Karvand Stepwell
Village : Karvand
Taluka : Shirpur
District : Dhule
Mapped No # 1248
Photo Credits : Prashant Varma

Dharangaon Stepwell
Village : Dharangaon
Taluka : Dharangaon
District : Jalgaon
Mapped No # 282
Photo Credits : Nikhil Baisane







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