Before the government decided to honour the Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat very few of us knew about it. And some of us have actually visited the place before it became a sensation – and when we say that the place is worth all the hype, we really mean it. Stepping into this stepwell will make you feel like you are revisiting the past of Patan, getting lost in the stories about the beautiful heritage structure.
The lavender colour ₹100 note will be out soon but until then, here are some incredible facts about the stepwell:
1. It was built for love:
This stepwell situated on the bank of Saraswati river was built by Rani Udayamati in memory of her husband, King Bhima I of the Chalukya dynasty in the 11th century. This explains why the stepwell is named ‘Rani Ki Vav’ – a queen’s stepwell.
2. It was once flooded:
This 64m long, 27m deep and 20m wide stepwell was completely flooded by the Saraswati river and as a result of the flooding, was buried in silt! It was only in the 1980s that it was rediscovered by the Archaeological Survey Of India and excavated.
3. It has a 30-km long tunnel that is no longer accessible:
This stepwell that has seven levels of stairs, has a gate on the bottommost step of the stepwell that leads to the town of Sidhpur. But this tunnel is currently blocked with stones! During the ancient times, a lot of structures had tunnels that would be secret escape routes for the royals.
4. The water in the stepwell was believed to have healing properties:
In the time when the stepwell was built, there were a lot of Ayurvedic plants around it. These plants had healing properties which was the reason why the water was believed to have healing properties to cure various diseases.
5. The stepwell has spiritual significance:
Other than the historical and practical significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site – it also has spiritual importance. Rani Ki Vav is an inverted temple with hundreds of beautiful sculptures dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his Dasavatars. The stepwell is built in Maru-Gurjara architectural style.
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