Another day in Patna and the days were fast passing by, the fun and enjoyment in the park yesterday was still alive in my memories. Although the first instinct was to head for the park once again, I fought the temptation and travelled to the Agam Kuan Patna instead because it is a great historical site belonging to the Ashoka period. Located towards the east of Patna, I was told that the Kuan is south-west of Gulzarbagh Station, which made it accessible from various vantage points and easily reachable from Patna where I was staying. It was a pleasant ride from the city proper to make it to the monument and I was very enthused to know more and more about the place.
The place sure was very famous because apart from me I could see many tourists hanging around the well. Architecturally and structurally, the Kuan
is known to be 105’ deep with a circular plan and a diameter which is definitely more than 20’. In the upper portions, one could see some of the brick encasings but below there are supposed
wooden rings. These series of wooden rings secure the structure effectively. When I paid attention to the structure of the surface, the well seemed to be covered with eight arched windows, which
happened to be the most distinctive feature of the well.
There are some very horrifying tales, which are associated with the Agam Kuan Patna. Some historians are of the opinion that it is here that Ashoka used to torture people and also drowned several of his brothers to gain political supremacy. While there are some who consider the well very sacred and there are some religious ceremonies that take place near the well. I paid visit to the Shitla Devi Temple nearby too which is extremely important for the Hindus here. The temple has the seven ‘Saptamatrikas’ or the presence of seven mother goddesses, which the Hindus revere greatly. A Jain tale here speaks of a Jain monk Sudershana, who was supposedly left to drown by a king but he was magically found floating here seated on a lotus!