A water tank, with a fountain in the center, dating back to the 16th-century Mughal era, has been found by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Fatehpur Sikri.Also Read - Exploring Agra Beyond Taj: Other Tales of Love, Art and Architecture
During the conservation work of the Todarmal Baradari, an area around it was being excavated when the discovery took place. A baradari or Bara Dari is a building or pavilion with twelve doors designed to allow free flow of air. Also Read - No Entry Fee: Visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort And Other Historic Sites Free Of Cost Today. Here's Why
Superintending archaeologist of ASI (Agra circle) Vasant Swarankar, said “During excavation, a square tank, with arms measuring 8.7 m and depth of 1.1 m, was discovered. The floor of the fountain tank is lime plastered, containing embellished patterns in lime as well. It must have been constructed along with the Baradari at that time.” Also Read - Archaeological Survey in Patna Unearths 2,000-Year-Old Brick Walls, Likely From Kushan Age
The ASI is now mulling further excavations in the area. Raja Todar Mal was the finance minister of the Mughal empire during Emperor Akbar’s reign. He was one of the ‘Navratnas’ in Akbar’s court and introduced a new system of taxation.
Fatehpur Sikri was known for its mansions, gardens, pavilions, stables and caravansaries. The Baradari has survived in a recognizable shape.