By Siddharth SIngh (c) 2009
Water, which is scarce in this part of India (in Rajasthan) is stored in large clay containers (called ghadas) to keep the water fresh and cool.
I saw this in a market in a village. This one is public. It is sustained by a few shop-keepers for all to have.
Notice the swastikas on the supports of the slab? It is a vedic symbol and has nothing to do with the Nazis.