Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat

Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat

PATAN was the capital of Gujarat between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. The city is know for Patola Sarees and Rani ki Vav, an intricately constructed stepwell. Rani ki Vav was built during the last decade of the 11th century by Rani Udaymati in memory of her husband Bhimdeva I. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River.  It is one of the largest vavs (step well), 7 floors with around 800 sculptures. The evidence is not available in connected with this Vav. It was buried with the mud might to be saved by the invader or not to be destroyed. It was retrieved in the year 1980. The complex Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple.

It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. Rani ki Vav also bagged the title of “Cleanest Iconic Place” in India at the Indian Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) 2016 in New Delhi. 

I got a chance to speak some of the Local people, with their story. Dr. Poonam Patel, a Doctor by profession belong to a doctor family her father, brother and sister-in-law all are Doctorate but still they believed in the Miracles and have faith on all-mighty. She told me that they believed if someone suffering from the cough or throat problem drinks the water of this vav the person will surely get well soon if prayed to Dansi Maa. She with her family were performing some rituals there and gave us the Prasad (rice and sugar) of Dansi Maa.

The nearest airport is Ahmedabad (125 km). Patan lies on the Western Railway network of the Indian railways and is very well linked by roadways to all the major cities of Gujarat and other states of the country.