We visited these hidden gems back in 2012. We have tried to capture the beauty of these places in words in our post Hidden Gems of Gujarat – Rani ki Vav and Mothera Sun Temple. In this post I will try to share the beauty of these places in pictures.
Well, its quite needless to say that cameras, howsoever pro they are, will never be able to match with the experience one has by visiting places. This post will be my first attempt to try and share the beauty of these places in pictures.
The first thing that you come across after taking a few steps down the stepwell are the Pillar Stubs.
Notice the asymmetric placement of the stubs. They say, in ancient times none of the architecture was built perfectly symmetrical..as only God can create anything ‘perfect’ and not mortal humans..
The same is true for Notre Dame cathedral in Paris..and we also observed it at Rani ki Vav.
Designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water, the construction showcases mastery in hand carving during 11th century.
The stepwell has close to 1000 minor sculptures depicting snippets of Indian mythology
All Vishnu avatars have been depicted. The above pictures have 1) Varahavatar and 2) Vishvamitra being seduced by Menaka 3) Maa Durga
Depiction of Vishkanya, signified by the presence of poisonous Scorpion on her leg
Other than mythology, the stepwell has some unique patterns. These are the patterns which inspire the very famous ‘Patan ka Patola’ sarees
The details of the sculptures that have been depicted is amazing and makes you wonder about the wealth of knowledge and artistry back in 11th century
Modhera Sun Temple
Next, we headed towards Modhera Sun temple, which was equally stunning!
The sight of birds flying home during evening by the backdrop of the temple was beautiful
The temple itself was majestic
And another stepwell awaited us..
Managed to capture some dramatic angles..
…and the beautiful architecture.
The one thing that really impressed me was the manner in which these historical places have been preserved and being maintained. The ASI is really doing a great job with it.
That’s it for the first Photojourney of FourBlissfulFeet. Several more will follow!