Adalaj Stepwell (Gujarati: અડાલજની વાવ, Hindi: अडालज बावड़ी or Hindi: अडालज बावली, Marathi: अडालज बारव)
Adalaj Stepwell: is a unique Hindu “water building” in the village Adalaj, Near to Ahmadabad in Gandhinagar district in Gujarat, India. The step-well “Wonders of India” was built in 1499, and one of the Places to visit in Gujarat, by Muslim king Mohammed Begda for Queen Rani Roopba, wife of Veer Singh, the Vaghela Rruler. The step well or ‘Vav’, called in Gujarati, is intricately carved and is five stories in depth.
Stepwells are used to collect rain water during the monsoons.
While in Gujarati and Marwari language, the Stepwell is called a Vav, (leading down to the level of water), in other Hindi-speaking regions of North India it is known as a Baoli (also spelt, ‘Bawdi’, ‘Bawri’ and ‘Bavadi’)
As per legend the 15th century, Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela Empire, a Hindu ruler, rule as king over this territory, and known as Dandai Desh. Mohammed Begda, the Muslim ruler of a neighboring kingdom was attacked on him. The Rana king was killed and his country taken by the attacker. Rana Veer Singh’s widow, a beautiful woman named as Rani Roopba, though in profound emotion of grief on her husband death, agreed to a marriage proposal made by Mahmud Begada on the condition that he would first complete the building of the Stepwell.
The Muslim king who was in love with queen’s beauty agreed the proposal and built the well in record time. On completion of well, Muslim king “Begda” reminded the queen about her promise to marry with him. Instead the queen who had achieved her purpose of completing the Stepwell which started by her husband, decided to end her life, in devotion to her husband. She walked the Stepwell with prayers and jumped into the well, ending the story of building the well in tragedy. These events are shown in drawing on the walls of the well.
One version which is narrated in the 200 years old scriptures of Lord Swaminarayan group suggests that before she died, Rani Roopba religious saints to take bath into this stepwell so that the water of the stepwell gets the touch of purity of these saints, and she would get salvation (Moksha).
Another tell is linked to the tombs found near the well. The tombs of six buildr, who built the well, are seen near the Vav. Begda asked the Masons if they could build another similar well. But when they agreed Begda put them to death in its place. Begda was so impressed by the architectural excellence of the stepwell that he did not want a copy to be built.
Adalaj step-well remains open on all week days: Monday to Sunday.
Entrance timings: from 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM.
Good for : Experience Seekers Photo Fanatics
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: All Week Days: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Visit duration: Around 30 minutes