Sringaverapura Water harvesting system

Sringaverapura is on the left bank of the river Ganga in Tehsil Soraon, in the district of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. It was one of the ancient settlements subjected to excavation under a project entitled the ‘Archaeology of the Ramayana sites’.


The earliest settlement at Sringaverapura is represented by a red-ware industry, with its two sub-varieties. In one case, the pots were made of well-levigated clay and were well fired, while in the other the fabric was coarse and the firing was somewhat different.


In this system exists an extraordinary example of hydraulic engineering dating back to the end of the 1st century BC. It comprises three percolation-cum-storage tanks, fed by an 11 m wide and 5 m deep canal that used to skim the floodwaters off the monsoon-swollen Ganga.