Solanki Architecture

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Kirit Mankodi
The Rani ki Vav or ‘Queen’s stepwell’ is situated in Patan, which was the medieval capital of the Solanki empire, located 125 km north of Ahmedabad. The stepwell, a sacred memorial built entirely below ground level, is one of India’s unique contributions to the architectural heritage of the world,…
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Kirit Mankodi
During the rule of the Solankis (also known as the Chalukyas) in Gujarat, many grand monuments were built between the 11th and the 12th centuries CE. The surviving monuments include temples at Somnath, Modhera, Sidhpur Patan, reservoirs such as the Sahasraliṅga Talav at Patan Anhilwad, and…
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Jain-Neubauer, J. 1999. The Stepwells of Gujarat. India International Centre Quarterly, 26.2:75–80.   Mankodi, K. 1991. The Queen’s Stepwell at Patan. Bombay: Franco-Indian Research Pvt. Ltd.   ———. 2012. Rani Ki Vav at Pattan. New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India.   Pandya, S. 2005. 'Who…
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