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About Agam Kuan

Agam Kuan, also known as the ‘Unfathomable Well’ is an ancient well that has immense archaeological and historical significance in Patna. Round in shape, the upper 13 meters of the well is lined with bricks whereas the remaining 19 meters comprises wooden rings. This site is protected by the Archeological Survey of India. The well had numerous legends associated with it and was built during the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s reign. It is said that the Agam Kuan was part of King Ashoka’s chamber of hell where convicts were tormented alive in the fire emanated from the well. In fact, King Ashoka had drowned his 99 brothers in this well to obtain the throne of the Mauryan Empire. The site is also associated with several Jain legends; the most remarkable of them being that of a Jain monk, Sudarshana who when thrown into the well by King Chand was seen floating on the surface, seated on a lotus. Adjoining the well is the temple of Shitala Devi which owns the tag of being an auspicious place with mystical power to cure a number of diseases.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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