The stepwell is named after the local king Chanda. However, no evidence has been found regarding the surrounding Harshat Mata temple or the construction of Chand Baori. the Baori can be dated to the 8th-9th century,  according to the similarities of style and carvings of the terraced temples of Paranagar and Mandore. It was probably built before the temple. 

Chand-baori

Chand Baori

Two classical periods of water formation in the same setting” is rarely a stepwell with such a structure while Chand Baori is one of them. it is the Ancient Stepwells of India according to Morna Livingston in Steps to Water. 

 

Chand-baori

Chand Baori

The oldest part of the footpath after the 8th century, a high palace building was added to the site, seen from the tabulated arches used by the Chauhan rulers and the arches used by the Mughals. Now the entrance to this room is blocked for tourists. 

Around the 18th century, high stories with cold arcades were built during the Mughal era. art galleries and a retaining wall also added around the well by Mughals. Indicating to be in the temple or in different rooms, there are remnants of old sculptures and carvings. The temple of Harshat Mata was located there in a way that would become a complex together with a well

Including the Chand Baori, Many of these stepwells, serve a variety of purposes, including carrying out religious drawing water and or ceremonial activities. This underground well architecture has been located since the 7th century. The excavated stones of the temple are now kept in the good arcade by the Archaeological Survey of India. Chand Baori plays an important role in the mainstream of architectural activity in West India.

Chand Baori is a four-sided deep well. Behind that building is a magnificent temple. Chand Baori has more than 3,500 narrow steps from 13 stories. It is one of the deepest and largest step wells in India as it extends to a depth of about 30 meters

The temperature inside the well is 5-6 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. It was therefore used as a community gathering place during periods of intense heat for locals. On one side of the well is the porch of the mansion and the restroom for the Royals.

It is also used for many films shooting locations like Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Bhoomi, Paheli, The Fall, and also in 2012 The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale as Batman.

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