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Mata Bhavani's Stepwell

Mata Bhavani's Stepwell
Mata Bhavani's Stepwell, 1866
Mata Bhavani's Stepwell is located in Gujarat
Location in Gujarat, India
Basic information
Location Asarwa, Ahmedabad
Geographic coordinates
State Gujarat
Municipality Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type stepwell
Designated as NHL Monument of National Importance
ASI Monument No. N-GJ-23

Mata Bhavani's Stepwell or Mata Bhavani ni Vav is a stepwell in Asarwa area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

History and architecture

Mata Bhavani's stepwell was built in the 11th century during Solanki dynasty rule in Gujarat. It is one of the earliest existing example of stepwells in India. A long flight of steps leads to the water below a sequence of multi-story open pavilions positioned along the east/west axis. The elaborate ornamentation of the columns, brackets and beams are a prime example of how stepwells were used as a form of art.[1] A much later constructed small shrine of Hindu Goddess Bhavani is located at lower gallery from which the stepwell derived its name.[2]

The stepwell is 46 metre long and 5.1 metre wide at entrance. It has three stories and three pavilions. The diameter of well is 4.8 metre.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Tadgell, Christopher (1990). The History of Architecture in India. London: Phaidon Press.  
  2. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Ahmedabad. Government Central Press. pp. 282–283. 
  3. ^ Jutta Jain-Neubauer (1 January 1981). The Stepwells of Gujarat: In Art-historical Perspective. Abhinav Publications. pp. 35–36.  
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