ADALAJ STEP WELL PDF

The well was built in A. The step well or Vav, as it is called in Gujarati , is intricately carved and is several stories deep. The carvings on its walls and pillars include leaves, flowers, birds, fish, geometrical patterns, and other breathtaking ornamental designs. In the past, these step wells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes. This vav has five stories and three gates to enter it. On entering, one is greeted by one mandap with an eight-sided dome, which is now damaged.

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These wells were also venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals. Stepwells are also found in more arid regions of the Indian subcontinent , extending into Pakistan , to collect rainwater during seasonal monsoons.

While many such structures are utilitarian in construction, they sometimes include significant architectural embellishments, as in the Adalaj stepwell, which attracts a large number of tourists. In the past, these stepwells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes. Subsequently, the wells at Dhank and construction of stepped ponds at Bhinmal took place.

The well cylinder was the basic form used to deepen the wells. However, the well thickness from top to bottom remained generally uniform. It was built in The history of the Adalaj step-well is established by an inscription in Sanskrit found on a marble slab positioned in a recess on the first floor, from the eastern entry to the well.

But he was killed in a war, whereafter the Muslim king Mahmud Begada of a neighbouring state built it in Indo-Islamic architectural style, in From him was born Karna, whose son was Mularaja. His kingdom was a small one.

It was subject to water shortage and was highly dependent on the rains. To alleviate the misery of his people, the Rana began the construction of a large and deep stepwell. Before this project could be completed, his kingdom was attacked by Mohammed Begda, the Muslim ruler of a neighboring kingdom. The Rana king was killed in battle and his territory was occupied by the invader.

However, Begada prevented her from giving up her own life and proposed marriage with the dowager. She agreed to a marriage proposal on the condition that he would first complete the building of the stepwell. Once the well was completed, Begda reminded the queen of her promise to marry him. Instead, the queen who had achieved her objective of completing the stepwell started by her husband, decided to end her life.

She circumambulated the stepwell with prayers and jumped into the well, ending the saga of building the well in tragedy. Another is linked to the tombs found near the well. The tombs of six masons who built the well are seen near the Vav. Begda asked the Masons if they could build another similar well and when they agreed Begda sentenced them to death instead. Begda was so impressed by the architectural excellence of the stepwell that he did not want a replica to be built.

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These wells were also venues for colourful festivals and sacred rituals. Stepwells are also found in more arid regions of the Indian subcontinent , extending into Pakistan , to collect rainwater during seasonal monsoons. While many such structures are utilitarian in construction, they sometimes include significant architectural embellishments, as in the Adalaj stepwell, which attracts a large number of tourists. In the past, these stepwells were frequented by travellers and caravans as stopovers along trade routes. Subsequently, the wells at Dhank and construction of stepped ponds at Bhinmal took place. The well cylinder was the basic form used to deepen the wells. However, the well thickness from top to bottom remained generally uniform.

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To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The WHO is closely monitoring the coronavirus and more information can be found here. Adalaj Stepwell Adalaj ni Vav Tours This striking Hindu water building located in the quiet village of Adjalaj was constructed in and stretches five stories deep. Built by a Muslim king for Queen Rani Roopba, this top religious attraction was once the site of holy rituals and brightly colored festivals, and served as not only relief from droughts, but a destination for saints and holy pilgrims.

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Adalaj Stepwell: A Gorgeously Designed Stepwell Holding Numerous Tragic Tales

View Larger Map General Set in the quiet village of Adalaj, this vav has served as a resting place for hundreds of years for many pilgrims and caravans along their trade routes. Built in by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five-storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav. There is an opening in the ceilings above the landing which allows the light and air to enter the octagonal well. However, direct sunlight does not touch the flight of steps or landings except for a brief period at noon.

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