The johara is a square, masonry-lined pit comprising descending steps. It was dug at the lowest point in the terrain, where a saucer would be formed. To this basic construction, elegant domes have been added at each corner, and arched canopies with painted interior ceilings at each side. When there is rain, the water enters the tank through small openings that pierce the wall. Morning and evening, women come with their pots to collect water.
This johara was one of the construction projects undertaken for famine-relief in Rajasthan (Chaupan Akaal), and financed by the seths and thakur. Major famines killed many Rajasthanis in 1899 and 1956. The johara is a memorial to those who did not survive. This particular johara is that of Ram Gopal Ganeriwala on the outskirts of Fatehpur.
Alas, the painting under the domes and canopies needs to be refreshed, and the property cleared of rubbish, inter alia.
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