World Heritage Sites – Ellora Caves – Water Cisterns

Water Cisterns

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Almost invariably each and every cave here contains provision for storing water. These water cisterns were useful for the monks and disciples alike. This ingenious arrangement was made for harnessing the rainwater during the monsoon to be used during the dry season. Considerable care was taken to locate these cisterns for preserving the water. Often channels were also cut on the rock surface for diverting the rainwater into these cisterns. These water cisterns are filled with water even today indicating the success of their innovative creation.

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