Permanent Pictorial Cancellation:Queen\’s Stepwell, Patan

\"\"By Raman Kumar Mandal

This magnificent stepwell (Rani-ki-vav) is said to have been constructed in eleventh Century by Queen Udaymati the consort of the king Bhimdeva l. The stepwell measuring 64 mts. long, 20 mts, wide and 27 mts. deep has stepped corridors beginning at the ground level and leading down to the KUND. The beautifully proportioned sculptures of gracefully carved Mahisasurmardini, Parvati, Vishnu (in his Dashaavtara) adorn the walls flanking the staircase. The female figures have been depicted in various poses of Apsara, Nagkanya, Yogini etc. The Stepwell was buried for centuries and suffered damanges due to flood. The minute and exquisite carvings of this largest and extremely beautiful stepwell are the finest specimen of its kind. Befitting to its name, the Rani-Ki-Vav is considered to be the queen among stepwells of India.The cancellation has been introduced at Patan HO on 09-10-2002.

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