Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat

Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat

We live in a vibrant multicultural country, which means that people and traditions from other cultures are noticeable and celebrated. Learning about different cultures can be a great way to develop an understanding of cultural diversity. And TRAVEL is one of the best ways to experience and understand other cultures.

Don't just INSTA visit a destination, know the cultural values it is holding from years n years and the best way is to talk to locals. 

PATAN was the capital of Gujarat between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. The city is known 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 connection with this Vav. It was buried with the mud might be saved by the invader or not to be destroyed. It was retrieved in the year 1980. The complex is 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 with a family who came to perform some rituals and they were worshipping near this Ranni ki Vav. Meet Dr Poonam Patel, a Doctor by profession and also belongs to a doctor family, as her father, brother and sister-in-law all are Doctorate but still, they believed in the Miracles and have faith in all-mighty. She with her family were performing some rituals there and gave us the Prasad (rice and sugar) of Dansi Maa. She shared the story of the local goddess Dansi Maa and they believed that if someone suffering from a cough or throat problem drinks the water of this vav, the person will surely get well soon.

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.