Sawan Bhado: the Incredible Air Coolers in Orchha

Adjacent to Ram Raja Temple lays a central row of fountains which culminate in an eight pillared pavilion. A subterranean structure below was the cool summer retreat of the Orchha Kings. The Tehkhana was kept cooled by a cleverly constructed Persian cooling unit. This unit was made up of two towers or Dastagirs (two adjoining wind-catching towers) called the Sawan Bhado (names of two spring months in local Indian calendar) pillars built close by. The towers were perforated on the top such that they could catch the wind, while the lower part of the towers was connected to a reservoir of water. The towers, the water distribution system (aqueducts), and the underground reservoir of water were ingeniously connected to a Chandan Katora or fountain in the pavilion above the retreat. The water from the underground reservoir was pushed up into the Chandan Katora and fell like a fountain onto the roof of the retreat thus keeping the Thakhana very cool. They are perhaps the only example of the Persian system of cooling in India.

And somewhere it’s a tremendous feel good factor after seeing this architectural marvel that the small town Orchha is endowed with such rich heritage and culture.

Book your holidays in orchha with Luxurious Amar Mahal and experience the grandeur of historical architecture in this beautiful hidden town of marvels.

Amar Mahal
Orchha, District Tikamgarh,
Madhya Pradesh – INDIA
Tel : + 917680252102, 252202
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