As I explored the the sandstone structures, myths and mythology emerged. The rough walls were carved with numerous stories. The idols were as if shaped with love, much like how god would have carved us from the earth.
A form of Goddess Durga: Slaying a beast
Broken pillars which once held several levels above
Holding the conch: An avtaar of the Lord Vishnu holds a conch in his hand..
An intricately designed column holds the beam above
Tending to one of the Lord’s Avatars
Broken pillars on the way up out of the stepwell
You can’t help but gape with awe as you descend into the well, which seems more like a palace in ruins. The base of pillars lie in the middle of the stairs, suggesting that once these were adorned by a roof and possibly another level or floor. The series of pillars give a new meaning to depth. If could stand in the middle of the well and look either side, it would seem as though you were standing between to parallel mirrors. With such precision these chambers and levels have been cut from stone! Rock pigeons have made this their home and now zoom above your head. Nearer to the well you can hear the bats squeaking and the smell of dampness and darkness fills your senses.
Full view of Rani-Ni-Vav, Patan Gujarat
Steps at Rani ni vav
Sculptured masterpiece at Rani ni vav, Patan
Enlightened one at Rani-ni-vav, Patan, Gujarat
A dash of color
Broken pillar at Rani-ni-vav, Patan, Gujarat
Watching over the ruins..
An exploration through pictures of a step well, Rani ni vav at Patan, Gujarat located about 105 Km from Ahmedabad in Mehsana District of Gujarat.