Remembering Rani ki Vav – A UNESCO World Heritage site

The Rani ki vav in Patan , Gujarat.
Descending into a wonder world

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) .

Vamana  ( Dwarf avatar) and  Rama flanked by Celestial figurines
Varaha , the Boar avatar
Kalki – Vishnu avatar on a horse

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.

Parashurama – I would never have guessed had the axe not been pointed out to me


Another avatar  – Balarama
Buddha – believed to be another incarnation of Vishnu

Richly carved pillars and an estimated 500 figures  skillfully given shape , with attention to minute details , left me mesmerized .

The first set of pillars
Exquisitely carved Panels


A rather worn out four armed Hanuman

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 .

Rich friezes
Endless carvings !

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



19 thoughts on “Remembering Rani ki Vav – A UNESCO World Heritage site

  1. It’s so nice that these amazing sculptures have been preserved. In other cultures invaded by foreigners, their ancient art forms were destroyed–just because they don’t agree with their established belief system. Glad to remember that my country has historical connections with yours. 🙂

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    1. Hi ,

      These are in fairly good condition , that’s true . However , there have been instances where sculptures have been used as shooting targets and monuments have been ruined by those that colonized India. The elephanta caves , for instance , bear testimony to such acts
      We don’t live in a very tolerant or accepting world , do we ? Let’s just hope such heritage the world over can be preserved so that our children don’t just read about wars , destruction and intolerance in the years to come.

      Thank you for taking the time . ☺

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