By Adi Vayu
Is a pleasant stay in the City of Ahmedabad, whenever I visit the city. The
dusk, the clean shaven roads and the greenery. But away from all these,
there is something which identifies the city. Its not the world famous
of Gandhinagar City, but
a Step Well constructed by the Rani Rudabai in 1499 A.D. This step
well, which is the most beautiful architectural marvel of Gujarat holds
attraction for thousands of its visitors.
As the legend goes, Sultan Beghara was attracted to the beauty of Rani
Rudabai the queen of Vaghela King Veer Singh. On getting a
refusal from her, he killed the King Veer Singh and again sent the proposal.
Seeing the intentions of the adamant Sultan she begged to complete the Steep
Well, she had begun in the memory of her Husband. Sultan agreed and the
Queen took another 20 years for the completion of the Vav. The sultan then
again sent the proposal, upon which the Queen took a Jal Samadhi in the
Adalaj Steep Well. Today this Adalaj ki Vav stands telling the eternal love
Situated 18 kms North of Ahmedabad main City, at the crossing called
Adalaj, which is a tri section, this place cover s a very large area. The
entire Vav is split into 5 levels. The Vav has pillars and walls which are
ornately carved. There are gaps in each level which take you to the lower
level. Leaves, flowers, fishes, birds and other designs fill the walls and
pillars. At the entrance of the Vav there is a small Temple of Mata Rani.
Everyone who visits this Temple prays for the Spirit of Rani Rudabai whose
spirit is supposed to still lurking here.
The uniqueness of Adalaj Ki Vav lies in the fact that there are Islamic
Motifs too are carved on the walls of this Hindu Vav. The details of how
this Vav was constructed is also written in Sanskrit and Pali language. The
Vav also works as a air conditioner as there is a sharp difference of
six degrees between the outside and inside temperature. Water from this Vav
was used for irrigation purpose and for drinking water too. Its splendid to
see all this.
On the top of the Vav there are Graves of the Workers who built the Vav
not all of them though! This five stories, Indo Islamic octagonal
Step well is one of the main attractions of Ahmedabad City. If you are in
Ahmedabad you cannot miss it out. Just like the Chisti Jali and and the
Jhoolti Minarets, Adalaj Ki Vav is a reminense of the past.
* The best way to reach Adalaj Ki Vav is through the near railhead or
through the Ahmedabad Airport. Well connected from Ahmadabad City, it can be
reached by road within 30 minutes. You will have to take a Taxi as the City
of Ahmedabad does not have Autorickshaws. .
* If you are interested in taking a Historical Tour of India, then you can
visit places like Agra Fort
Jaipur and the
- Jodhpur and