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Mumbai , Maharashtra
When you enter a certain bylane close to the Charni Road Station
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, Tamil Nadu
Mamallapuram is one of the most ancient towns of Tamil Nadu. It
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Kolkata , West Bengal
Sovabazar Rajbari or the royal house of Shovabazar is one of the


Ran-ki-Vav: Images of Deities

The Ran-ki-Vav, also known as the ‘Queen’s stepwell’, is in Patan, medieval capital of the Solanki (also known as the Chaulukya) empire, 125 km north from Ahmedabad. It was built in the third quarter of the 11th century by Queen Udayamati as a memorial to her husband, the Solanki king Bhīmadeva I.


The images of deities below are mostly from the third stage of the stepwell, on the third terrace. The incarnations of Viṣṇu progress from the wall facing south to the wall opposite, which also has images of Durga and Śiva.


These photographs were taken by Dr Kirit Mankodi for the Project for Indian Cultural Studies, Mumbai.



Kramrisch, Stella. 1993 [1981]. The Presence of Siva. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.