Ranki Vav

CategoryHeritage

Languages KnownGujarati, Hindi

AddressRanki Vav, Patan, Gujarat.

pincode384285

DistrictPatan

About Ranki Vav

History

It is generally assumed that it was built in the memory of Bhimdev I (AD 1022 to 1063), the son of Mularaja, the founder of the Solanki dynasty of AnahilwadaPattan about 1050 AD by his widowed queen Udayamati and probably completed by Udayamati and Karandev I after his death. A reference to the Udayamati building the monument is in the ‘PrabandhaChintamani’ composed by MerungaSuri in 1304 AD.


Most of the sculptures are in devotion to Vishnu, in the forms of Dus-Avatars Kalki, Rama, Mahisasurmardini, Narsinh, Vaman, Varahi and others representing their return to the world. Nagkanya, Yogini beautiful women – Apsara showcasing 16 different styles of make-up to look more attractive called Solah-shringar. Around 50–60 years back there used to be ayurvedic plants around this areas which causes the water accumulated in Rani nivav helpful for viral disease, fever etc.


Rani (Queen) Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell, in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswatiriver and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. hevavs of Gujarat are not merely sites for collecting water and socialising, but also simultaneously hold great spiritual significance. They were originally constructed quite simply, but became more intricate over the years, perhaps to make explicit this ancient concept of the sanctity of water by carving it out in stone deities. You may thus enter Rani Ki Vav as if it is a subterranean temple.


The steps begin at ground level, leading you down through the cool air through several pillared pavilions to reach the deep well below. There are more than 800 elaborate sculptures among seven galleries. The central theme is the Dasavataras, or ten incarnations of Vishnu, including Buddha. The avatars are accompanied by sadhus, Brahmins, and apsaras (celestial dancers), painting their lips and adorning themselves. At water level you come to a carving of Sheshashayi-Vishnu, in which Vishnu reclines on the thousand-hooded serpent Shesha, where it is said he rests in the infinity between ages.

Famous for

The Rani Ki Vav festival is proposed to be held in the month of December or January every year. The festival is intended to celebrate the inclusion of the monument in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites and promote the local culture through tourism.


Following will be some of the highlights of the Rani Ki Vav festival: Special lighting and décor at the site Cultural Programmes of Dance and MusicSetting up of a market for street shopping of local productsFood festival offering the most exquisite local cuisinesExhibition of local arts and crafts.


Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city.

Best time to Visit

Open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM visit duration 1 to 2 hours.

Best time to Go

During visiting hours you can enjoy and know about the stepwel l and also take part in every year held festival of Rani kiVav.

Distance of nearest cities

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    125km

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    125km

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    245km

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Public Transport to Go

Nearest bus stand is Patan and thier inquiry no. is, 02766222222

Nearest Railway Station is Patan and Indian Railway Inquiry no. is, 139

Nearest Airport is Ahmedabad and thier inquiry no. is, 07922869211

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