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This is one of the major attractions in Aurangabad and literally means "water mill". Panchakki or water mill takes its name from a mill which was used to grind grains for the pilgrims. This is based on the free flow of water from an calculated elevation on to a propeller which in turn was attached to a grinding mill. Th force of the water fall rotated the propeller which in turn rotated the grinding mill and thereby grinding the grains to a flour. The spent water was then let off into a tank.

This installation of the Panchakki demonstrates the advanced thought process and the scientific temperament of those days to make use of the kinetic energy of flowing water. Panchakki also has a tomb of Baba Shah Muzaffar, a Sufi Saint who was a spiritual adviser to Aurangzeb.

This is a small, picturesque and a quiet place which has a water tank, a huge banyan tree, Dargah of Baba Shah Muzaffar, a garden and a sarai (a place for pilgrims to stay) and houses for the zananas (ladies)

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Shankar Adisesh
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Keywords:Aurangabad, Aurangzeb, Babashahmuzzafar, Moghularchitecture, Panchakki, watermill