Lakshman Temple, Lokpal Lake at Hemkund

It was many generations before the Sikh community was introduced to Hemkund Sahib, was worshiped by the local Bhotia and Gharwali community who lives in the border area of India and Tibet and nearby villages of Joshimath use to come and pay their respect to the Lokpal or Lakshman the younger brother of Lord Ram , it is believed that in his previous birth as Shesnag meditated in the lake here

 

Lokpal Temple or Laxman Temple at Hemkund

Lokpal Temple or Laxman Temple at Hemkund

Situated  at an altitude of 4329 mts, (14,200 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas , on the banks of a glacier lake, surrounded by several towering pinnacles of snow, reflected in its clear water. Surrounded  by the ‘Saptashringa’ Peaks (seven snow-clad peaks, including the Hathi Parvat), also called Hemkund Parvat, the lake mirrors its surroundings on the crystal-clear waters. It is the source of the Hem Ganga stream that merges with the Pushpawati stream flowing from the Valley of Flowers at village Ghangharia (Gobind Dham). From here onwards the river is called Laxman Ganga. This valley had been earlier known to the local residents as the Bhyundar Valley . This places is accessible from Gobind Ghat ( 20 km from Joshimath on Sri Badrinath Highway) a trek of 13 km up hill steep climb or helicopter a 7 minute flight to Ghangharia and the 6 km trek by Palki , mules, or in basket carried by porter on his back.

One can reach this place from the month of May till October

Lokpal Lake , Hemkund Lake

Lokpal Lake , Hemkund Lake

 

The stories about this place have mentions in Puranas (ancient books of Indian mythology) and the Hindu epics (the Mahabharata and the Ramayana). The sanctity of Lokpal is attributable to tales of Lakshman, (brother of Lord Rama) Goddess Durga, the Pandavas and some Rishis as well. Lakshman is said to have meditated or done penance here . In a popular story, Lakshman was brought to the shore of Lokpal after being mortally wounded in battle with Meghnad .

Another story related to Lakshman is , during a previous incarnation as a seven -headed serpent meditated under the water at Lokpal and lord Vishnu slept on his back. In a variation of the same theme, the snake was called Shesh Nag,  its tail was wrapped around the base of the mountain.

In a third legend, it is said that during Sat Yug, (the first of four ages according to Hindu mythology), fierce demons called ‘Dhents’  were terrorizing humans and gods. The goddess Durga was engaged in battle with the demons Bel and Subel , she had to flee and take refuge in the mountains. There, she approached a great Rishi who was meditating, seated on a lion skin. When Durga asked for his help, he told her to hide near him. The demons came the Rishi said that ” the mother of all, had come to him and it his duty to protect her”. The demons were infuriated , they were about to attack him , the Rishi said he and his disciples do not kill any one but he will  create a Khattri ( Warior) to kill them all ,  he got up and shook the lion skin , from the dust of lion skin there emerged a shakti (power) in the form of a strong Khattri (warrior) youth clad in lion skins and carrying a sword. The Rishi commanded the youth to kill the demons . When the youth had destroyed all the demons, the goddess appeared before him and gave him a sword with the blessing that he would henceforth be known as Dusht Daman, the ‘destroyer of evil’ since he came from the skin (khal) of a lion, he would also earn renown as Khalsa. The goddess departed after telling the youth that he would be given a mission to fight like a lion (Singh) in a later incarnation as a human being and for that he would create the Khalsa ( ‘The Pure).  The Rishi mentioned above is also known with references in various holy scriptures as Samundh Rishi, Rishi Medhasa, Rishi Bishala,  and Asan Rishi , the story of Dusht Daman’s battle is recorded in the Brahma Purana and some of the characters and events also resemble those in the Markandeya Purana, referred to in the Dasam Granth ( the Sikh Holy Book) References to Lokpal and Sapatsring also appear in the Skandha Purana.

Camps at Ghangharia

Camps at Ghangharia


Lokpal also reputed to be an ancient place of pilgrimage for the Tibetan people.  The local Garhwali people have followed a tradition of visiting the temple on the shore of the lake on three annual festivals held during the summer season: Rakshabandhan, Janam Ashtami, and Durga Ashtami ( Nanda Ashtami) The sacred journey was made primarily by women, both Garhwali villagers from the valley below Lokpal and villagers of Bhotia (Indo-Tibetan) ancestry from neighboring valleys. Out of respect for the purity of the water and the surrounding landscape, they made the steep climb barefoot, clad only in white cotton dhoti. The women left their clothes and shoes behind at a halting place set in a glade of fir trees. This place became the site of what is today Gobind Dham or Ghangaria, named after the ghagara (petticoats or skirts ) which the pilgrims would leave there. The women would spend the night singing songs of the goddess, and at dawn they would set out to climb the slope to the lake, at the Lokpal lake . They would bathe in the cold water, and pray to Lakshman for the blessing of a son, a better future, the health of their menfolk, or a cure for sickness.

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Pathar Sahib Gurudwara , Leh, Ladakh

Pather Sahib gurdwara is located on Leh-Nimu road 25 km from Leh , this place is equally respected by Buddhist Lamas , Hindu and Sikhs .

Image Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji In rock

Guru Nanak Dev Ji traveled to Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim during 1515 – 1518,  on his return to Srinagar he stopped here and came to know about a demon who troubled the people in this area and wanted his help , to bring  him on the right path Guru Ji sat here in meditation, upon knowing , the demon rolled a big rock from the height to kill him but the rock upon touching Guru Ji’s body became soft as hot wax   the demon thought he had killed him and came down to kick the rock away , to his surprise his own feet got embedded in the soft rock and also saw Guru Ji alive , he realized his mistake  touch Guru ji’s feet , asked for the forgiveness and promised to serve the people for good , since then until 1965 the local people preserved the rock and worshiped it they fondly call Guru Ji as Nanak Lama .

Guru Nanak Dev Ji meditated here

The construction of road by the army in 1965 it was seen as a  hurdle in making the road and wanted to remove it but this rock could not be moved , mean while the driver of bulldozer and Army Officer Commander of the team  dreamed of some one instructing them not to remove it from this place, upon knowing the story from the locals the Indian Army constructed a Gurudwara and till now it is managed by the Indian Army.

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Rann Utsav , Kutch Gujarat

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The Great Rann of Kutch is in district of Kutch , Gujarat state of India , between the Gulf of Kutch and the Mouth of river Sindhu  ( Indus) in Pakistan , in between there is a vast flat land which is filled with sea water during the monsoons and when dried up around October a white sheet of salt gets deposit on the sea bed .

This festival or Utsav is organised to enjoy the  various colors of the Rann as well as get a taste of the local culture, cuisine and hospitality. Specially built local houses are also used to house tourists to give them a taste of Gujarat and Kutch to them.

                                              
Rann Kutch , the vast land of salt

 The beauty of Rann Kutch is enjoyed during the full moon nights when the wast land of salt sparkles like a white sheet all over up to where the eyes can see  .

Sun Rise at Great Rann of Kutch

The Sunrise and Sunset at Rann are equally beautiful when Sun shows its different colors and white salt sparkles  with the changing colors

Full Moon Night at Great Rann of Kutch

Best is to stay during  full moon and increasing moon nights when the sky with full moon light and  the Rann with white surface gives a magical glow appearance

Stay in tents near Rann Kutch

Accommodation are available at the venue in Swiss tents , Luxury tents and nearby villages are always ready to accommodate the guests with their huts called Bunga specially prepared keeping in view of the requirements of an urban tourist , they serve the ethnic Kutchi delicacies served with Chach ( butter milk) Rotra ( Milet bread) White butter with local available vegetables .

Stay in a Bunga ( Kutch hut)

The Bunga are the huts constructed by using the mud and thatched roof , the interior walls and floor are plastered with mud mixed with cow dung and walls are painted with geometrical and flowers designs with a use of vegetable colors and small mirrors.

Mud paintings on wall of a Bunga ( Kutch Hut )

From here one can have the sightseeing trips to Pacham the island within desert surrounded three side with saline water with the highest point   Kalo Dungar peak one can enjoy the vastness of Rann from here  , Pakistan Border , Mandvi Sea Beach , Kot Lakhpat along with the Wildlife Safaris , Rann Safaris , Kutch Villages Dhordo and Hodka , villages famous for their finest embroidery styles , leather crafts and beautiful Bungas , one can also see the  the ancient process of water harvesting in the Banni dry-lands  .

Kutch Embroidery

Kutch Embroidery

The Chhari Dhand, shallow water bodies are locally known as dhand, jheel or talav , these attract lots of migratory birds in winter, with an area of almost 10 sq km. at Chhari Dhand there are more than 30,000 birds species like Dalmatian Pelican (Pelicanuscrispus), Oriental Darter (Anhingiarufa), Black necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchusasiaticus) and Indian Skimmer (Rynchopsalbicollis) migrate through these wetlands every year  32 species of Raptors have been recorded here, together with a large number of Common Cranes.

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Osiyan Group of Temples|Osiyan|Rajasthan

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Osiyan a temple town of Rajasthan is a very old city, also mentioned as Ukesa or Upkespur or Uvasisala in old texts books as old as 320 BC to 550 BC , founded by Utpaldeva a Rajput prince from Pratihara dynasty  it had trade relations with Afghanistan, Central Asia, Persia  Burma , Srilanka, it was a stop for Camel caravans, famous as pilgrimage center. Situated on Jodhpur -Phalodi highway about 69 kms. from Jodhpur,  It was a important city for Gurjar Pratihar rulers who won it from the Naga rulers and got the title Nagbhatt . People of Osiyan accepted Jainism from Acharya Ratnaprabhasuri Ji who impressed the people with his supernatural powers. Here Jainism is worshiped along with Hindu Goddess Sachiyan Mata and Nag Devta by the people .

Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Around the small city there are group of eleven temples namely Harihara temple, Surya temple,  Vishnu and Pipala Devi .

Kirtimukha at main entrance, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Kirtimukha at main entrance, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Main entrance is decorated with Lord Ganesh and Kirtimukha ( face of fame) are important sign of any Sanatan temple in Indian and South Asian temples, according to Skandha Puran , Lord Shiva created this monster and he ate willingly his body as per orders from Lord Shiva.

The Mandap , Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

The Mandap ,Garbha griha door, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Simple and well decorated mandap with dancing apsras, Nags (Snakes) coils and knots  and floral carvings all over the pillars and beams.

 

Beautiful carved Ceiling, Naglok, Osiyan Group of Temples

Beautiful carved Ceiling, Naglok, Osiyan Group of Temples

The ceiling is carved with snakes knotted with each other and hood with a human face and folding hands in praying position or welcoming the Gods , evidence of Naga worshiping in this area .

 

Naglok on walls near ceiling, Osiyan group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Naglok on walls near ceiling, Osiyan group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

The side inner wall is full of carvings with men and women playing music and dancing .

Dancing and playing musical instruments, Osiyan Group of Temple

Dancing and playing musical instruments, Osiyan Group of Temple

The outer wall of this small temple is full of carvings of Lord Ganesh, Riddhi, Siddhi, Lord Vishnu’s Vaman avtar taking his step to heavens , Raja Bali watching him.

Vaman Awatar step reaching the heavens, lord Ganesha, Ridhhi and Siddhi , Osiyan Group of Temples

Vaman Awatar step reaching the heavens, lord Ganesha, Ridhhi and Siddhi , Osiyan Group of Temples

On the side wall panels a beautiful carved Lord Vishnu’s avtar Narsimha killing Hirnakashap and one can see Bhak Prahlad bowing on ground in respect for the lord .

Narshimha awatar killing Hirnakashyap, Bhakt Prahlad bowing down to Lord, Osyian Group of Temples, Osiyan , Rajasthan

Narshimha awatar killing Hirnakashyap, Bhakt Prahlad bowing down to Lord, Osyian Group of Temples, Osiyan , Rajasthan

 

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Chitragupta Temple of Love Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

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Chitragupta Temple  dedicated to Sun God was built during the 1023 AD by the Chandela Rulers , built near the  three storied Step well Chopra tank which is also a part of this spectacular temple , is the only Sun temple at Khajuraho .

Chitragupt Temple of Love Khajuraho

Chitragupta temple  faces East, and its cell contains a 5-foot-tall image of Surya wearing an Armored Coat and long Boots complete with the chariot and seven horses that carry him across the sky. Surya also appears above the doorway.

Ladies in different poses

The entrance of the temple portrays three  smaller idols of Sun God ,walls decorated with Apsaras in dancing poses, couples in sensuous moments and a impressive images of Lord Vishnu with 11 heads , his own face is in the center and the other heads represent his 10 main incarnations.

love Making Couples

This state which is “like a man and woman in close embrace” is a symbol of moksa, final release or reunion of two principles

Most Famous Love Making Couple of Khajuraho

The vast majority of arts depict various aspects the everyday life, mythical stories as well as symbolic display of various secular and spiritual values important in Sanantan way of Life traditional way  . depictions show women putting on makeup, musicians making music, potters, farmers, and other folks in their daily life during that period  .

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Sand Dunes of Kanoi Village Jaisalmer Rajasthan

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Kanoi is in West of Jaisalmer at about 35 Km. This place is now the best location for the virgin Sand dunes away from the noise of main Jaisalmer – Sam Highway . These Sand Dunes were open as new destination for the visitors in the year 2014.

Camel cart and Camels at Kanoi Sand dunes

The villagers of Kanoi are taking care of this area by not letting it littered by self and the tourists , the camel men and the cart men carry a bag with them and collect all the garbage , keep it at one place at the camel boarding point to be disposed off in a proper way .

Camels and Desert Spring Camp Kanoi , Jaisalmer

In the vicinity of Kanoi village there is only one camp called the Desert Spring , staff is well-trained and also training the local villagers about the Eco – friendly daily products , protection of Wild life and Sand Dunes of Kanoi 

 

Sunset at Sand dunes of Kanoi , Jaisalmer

The weather and sand becomes cool as soon as sunsets in the West and  best thing about this place is that there are no man made obstructions which are an eyesore in the natural view. Kalbelia dancers and Mirasis singers are present here to have a private exclusive  performance at a Sand Dune selected by you with your own privacy .

Virgin Sand at Kanoi Sand dunes , Jaisalmer

The only place to stay near Kanoi Sand Dunes is the Desert Spring Camp , it has 11 Royal Tents and 15 Comfort tents with Rajasthani folk dances , Puppet show and Manganiyar singing the Rajasthani folk songs . One can enjoy the Sunset and Sunrise in the desert from here.

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Lakshmana Temple of Love Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh

Lakshmana Temple of Love Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh dedicated to Lord Vaikuntha Vishnu,it is a Vaishnava  temple, built by the Chandela King Yashovarman . Inscriptions on a slab excavated here installed in the passage  confirms its construction during 900 AD to 950 AD. It is the first temple in the Eastern Group of Temples The UNESCO World Heritage Site

Laxmana Temple Khajuraho

The Temple is raised in the center of a high rectangular  platform Jagati  with four small temples one on each corner hence called a Panchyatana Plan construction , the temple structure is built consisting of all the elements of a Hindu Temple Architecture , The Lakshman Temple stands like a giant mountain of stone at the center. The East facing temple , the porch has a pretty Toran or stone garland above the entrance leading to  the Mandapa  and then to the assembly area the Maha Mandapa , the main deity is installed in the Garbhagriha , the small area between the Mahamandapa and the Garbhagriha is the Antrayalya  , the devotees seek blessings standing in the Antrayalaya  . Its Shikhara ( the top) is clustered with small Urushringha . The main image Idol of Vaikantha Vishnu in the Garbahgriha  is with four arms and having three  faces , front is of a human , one side is Boar the third incarnation ( the Varaha) and the other side is of a Lion the forth incarnation of the Lord Vishnu ( the Narsinmha ).

Dancing Lord Ganesha , Row of Elephants holding the entire weight of temple on their shoulders , Lakshmana temple Khajuraho

There is an abundance of sculptured masterpieces on its outer walls on the south side  the exterior temple wall is divided into several bands ,  the lowest  is the base of the temple , a row of elephants that peep out of the base as if they are carrying the weight of the stone on their stable shoulders, between the elephants are warriors protecting the temple ,  panel depicts a bearded Fire God( Agni Dev) beneath is the figure of the divine bridegroom walking in procession accompanied by musicians.  It is only here out of all the temples in Khajuraho the Camels are carved. 

Two Camels at Laxmana Temple Khajuraho

On the north side one of the elephant naughtily gazes at a couple making love .

Elephant forgets to crush the person , laughing at couple in love act Lakshmana Temple Khajuraho

 Above the elephants  there are  carved  flowers and leaf motifs, a narrow panel depicting court life and erotic scenes ,  tall base of the temple is decorated with   ornamental niches, with an adorable figure of dancing Lord Ganesh in the first followed by images of the seven principal male deities of the Hindu Gods . There are images of the Dikhpalas placed at and facing the directions that they Protect . Beside the deities are the gorgeous  figures of women, each engaged in some worldly activity before she realizes the presence of the divine surrounding her .

Love making Couple with helpers playing music

 portrayals of women attired in traditional costume, flimsy fine textiles wound around the waist while the torso and arms and neck are adorned only in jewelry. There are ladies applying make-up, taking off their clothes, gazing into a mirror , a seductive woman scrubbing her arched back  an elegant young woman who has lifted up her foot  is being inspected by an attendant carrying a satchel.

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Kushinagar, Maha Parinirvana of Lord Buddha

The Kushinagar was founded by the Kusha the son of Lord Ram of epic Ramayana the king of Ayodhya , it was then known as Kushavati. It is located on the banks of river Hiranayavati , this place was also a capital of Malla Kings during the Lord Buddha’s time. This place can be reached from Varanasi or Gorakhpur by road

Lord Buddha prior to his death spent his days many times as most of the Malla’s Kings were his admirers.

Lord Buddha decided to spent his last days at Kushinagar because of many reasons (a) It was the proper venue for preaching of the Mahá-Sudassana Sutta  (b) Subahadra  a 120 year-old Brahmin who, after getting attracted to Buddha’s speech, expressed his desire to join the Sangha, and is believed to be the last monk to be ordained by the Buddha and became  an Arahant  (c) Brahaman Dona lived here who was respected a lot, sorted the dispute of distribution of relics after Lords cremation .

Mahaparinivana temple and Stupa

Mahaparinivana temple and Stupa

According to a late tradition, one-eighth of the Buddha’s relics were deposited in a cairn in Kushinara  by the Mallas Travelling in stages via Pava where he ate his last meal, offered by the blacksmith Cunda, he reached the final resting-place at the Saala grove by the bank of river Hiranyawati  in Kushinagar, it was  the full moon day   (Vaisakh Purnima) in 543 BC. He told Ananda   to prepare a bed for him with its head turned towards the north between two Saal trees The Buddha was lying on his right side  with his head to the north when he breathed his last, his body was taken into the town by the northern gate and out through the eastern gate , After the cremation, the relics were divided into eight equal portions by the Brahmin Dona, who distributed them to eight clans. (1) King Ajatasattu of Magadha (2) The Licchavis of Veshali (3) The Sakyans of Kapilavatthu (4) The Bulians of Allakappa (5)  The Koliyans of Ramagama (6) The Mallas of Pava (7) The Brahman of Vethadipa (8) The Mallas of Kushinagar , the Urn was kept by the Dona himself ,by the time  the Mayurans of Pipphalavana  arrived the distribution was done so they took the ashes , these people on their way to respective place raised eight Stupas for the relics, a ninth for the Urn, and a tenth for the ashes.

Lord Buddha's Ashes were distributed under this tree

Lord Buddha’s Ashes were distributed under this tree

The place of lord Buddha’s death,  became one of the four holy places declared by the Buddha to be  places of pilgrimage for the pious.

The significance of this region is also due to being Link – route  of ancient highways, among them were important highways Ayodhya – Janakpur (Bihar), Rajgrih – Vaishali – Shrawasti, Maharshi Valmiki’s Ashram, Ashoka, the great Mauryas, Pillars routes, passing through this district.

The remains of the Parinirvana Stupa and Parinirvana Temple, when rediscovered, were covered in a 40 foot high mound of bricks surrounded by a dense thorny forest ,  around 1861–1862 it was suggested the site to be that of Gautama Buddha’s decease. Although no decisive evidence was found to prove  supposition that the site known at  Matha  Kuar Ka Kot  was Kushinara , a series of monastic seals with the Sanskrit legend Mahaparinivane caturdiso Bhiksumghah were taken to show that by the late Gupta period the site was understood to be that of the Buddha’s last breathed  .

Lord Buddha breathed his last at this place

Lord Buddha breathed his last at this place

Kushinagar was a capital city of the Malla kingdom of ancient India . Many of the ruined stupas and viharas at Kushinagar date back to 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD when  prosperity was at its peak.

This region was an ideal ‘Meditation Place’ for sages, saints hermits and Mahatamas who were attracted by its pious. tranquil and charming natural surroundings.  Archeological excavation has yielded rich collection of antiquities. Artistic artifacts and statues of various gods and goddesses.

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Rani Rupmati’s Mosque|Ahemdabad

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Rani Rupmati’s Mosque was constructed during the period of 1430 to 1440 AD by Sultan Mohammad Begada, the princess of Dhar who married the Sultan of Ahmedabad , it is an oldest mosque of the city. The special features of this mosque represents a blend of Hindu and Muslim Popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina .

Rani Rupmati's Mosque , Ahemdabad

Rani Rupmati’s Mosque , Ahemdabad

Its Architecturecmakes it stand out above all others. Its impressive domes, carved galleries and tall minarates. The three domes are duly supported by twelve pillars each, the one in the central position has openings for natural light which illuminates the mosque.The ceiling of the dome is beautified with the Hindu style patterns.

 

The combination of Hindu and Islamic patterns , Rupmati's Mosque

The combination of Hindu and Islamic patterns , Rupmati’s Mosque

The side entrances in the mosque open out in balcony windows on either side and end in a lattice window.

Rani Rupmati's mosque , Jali and Jharokha , Ahemdabad

Rani Rupmati’s mosque , Jali and Jharokha , Ahemdabad

Rani Rupvati's mosque , patterns of Hindu and Islamic designs

Rani Rupvati’s mosque , patterns of Hindu and Islamic designs

 

The mausoleum built to the northeast of the mosque, considered to be that of Rani Rupmati, has a higher central part supported by 12 pillars and lower corridors surrounding it. The mausoleum built to the northeast of the mosque, considered to be that of Rani Rupmati,  It is a building on a square plan , the four corners of the roofs of the corridors, there are four small domes.

Tomb of Rani Rupvati within the mosque complex

Tomb of Rani Rupvati within the mosque complex

One can visit any time except for the prayer time when only muslims for prayers gather here , parking is a problem here as it is located near a market and busy road .

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Adalaj Step Well | Vav | Ahmedabad

Adalaj Step well or Adalaj Ni Vav is an artistic intricately carved is five stories deep building at a water point in Ahmedabad, the construction was started by Waghela Chieftain Veer Singh of Dandai Desh but completed by Mohamad Begda in 1499 AD for Queen Rani Rupmati or Roop Ba wife of  Waghela  Veer Singh .

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step well, Three side entrance and Octagonal opening Ahmadabad

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step well, Three side entrance and Octagonal opening Ahmadabad

Western India has always suffered from scarcity of water. So, the local rulers used to protect the water reservoirs by building a large structure around them with steps to descend to the water source .

It is different from other step wells , it is the only one with three entrance stairs , all three stairs meet at the first level, underground in a big square platform, which has an octagonal opening on top. Pillars and beams at all five levels are beautifully carved , it is seventy five meters long built by using local available red sandstone in Hindu and Islamic style.

Adalaj Ni Wav, Supporting beams at first floor, Ahmadabad

Adalaj Ni Wav, Supporting beams at first floor, Ahmadabad

The legend is when Mohd. Begda defeated and killed the Waghela Veer Singh in a battle he took over the kingdom and send a marriage proposal to his Queen Rupmati , the queen accepted it and told him to wait until the Vav is completed , the day it was completed she circumambulated the step well with prayers and jumped into the well , before she died, Rani Roopba requested religious saints to take bath in this step well to get rid of her sins and the step well gets purified by these saints .

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step Well , Supporting beams and brackets, Ahmdabad

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step Well , Supporting beams and brackets, Ahmadabad

It is constructed in a way that there is good natural light and ventilation openings at different levels.

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step Well , carved stone beams and pillars

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step Well , carved stone beams and pillars

The water level keeps on changing with the rainfall in the surrounding area , the stairs at fifth level are chiseled out of the rock in a rectangular water tank . The temperature inside the well is about five degrees lower than the outside hot summer temperatures .

Adalaj Ni Wav, Step well , water point with chiseled stairs

Adalaj Ni Wav, Step well ,water point with chiseled stairs

Water here is still used for auspicious ceremonies by the villagers living near by and come here for religious rituals. There is enough space at each level to accommodate people in large number.

Adalaj Ni Wav, Step Well, Stone carved shelf , Ahmadabad

Adalaj Ni Wav, Step Well, Stone carved shelf , Ahmadabad

The motifs of flowers and graphics of Islamic architecture blend very well with the symbols of Hindu and Jain gods carved at various levels of the well. The dominant carvings on the upper floors are of elephants .

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step well, Stone carved Kalpvriksh , Ahmadabad

Adalaj Ni Wav , Step well, Stone carved Kalpvriksh , Ahmadabad

There is no entry fee and plenty of parking place available around it.

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