Khatijapur: The lost waterwells

Four kilometres from Bijapur on the road to Jamkhandi, Khatijapur’s mosque is not listed in even the most detailed of area guidebooks. But beyond the mosque, the village hides an even more singular secret: an extraordinary stepwell built in the time of the Adil Shahi Sultanate of Bijapur.

The stepwell of Khatijapur is a fine specimen of the multifarious, now mostly lost, waterworks of Bijapur. Waterworks rank among Bijapur’s great accomplishments in civil engineering. They brought water to the city from distant sources, and enabled Bijapur to thrive in spite of the aridity of the central Deccan.

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