Exquisitely and intricately carved Dashavatars ( ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) , the central theme of the Rani ki vav ( Queen’s step well) , instantly came to mind when a friend mentioned ‘Parashurama’ ( one of the incarantions of Lord Vishnu) .
Mythological details have never been my strength , infact I hardly remember much once I have come back from a trip , but this visit to Rani ki vav in Gujarat was different. So fascinated was I with the gorgeous sculptures , that I remember the names of atleast six of the ten incarnations fairly well , which is quite a feat for me ! However , when I did open up the pictures today , I was stumped when it came to identifying them . I had to go back and forth to various sites to idenitfy a few.
Richly carved pillars and an estimated 500 figures skillfully given shape , with attention to minute details , left me mesmerized .
Some parts of the seven levels of this step well are out of bounds for travellers as the structure has suffered damage over the years, but the accesible areas and the architectural splendour on display adequately reflect the meticulous style of the Solanki dynasty .
Although no amount of pictures can do justice to the beauty of this UNESCO world heritage site , I am sharing a few anyway. Hope you like them.
— that mishmash