Matri Vav, Kankavati Village, Dhrangadhra Taluka, Surendranagar District, Gujarat

The mighty Jhalas became a formidable force in the Saurashtra region by the late 11th century and formed seats of power at Santalpur, Halvad and Kankavati. They established the capital city of Dhrangadhra in the mid-18th century which eventually became a princely state till Independence.   Dhrangadhra has been of tremendous interest to historians, archaeologists... Continue Reading →

Mata Bhavani ni Vav, Asarva, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

One of the earliest stepwells or vavs of Gujarat is the 11th century Mata Bhavani ni vav located at Asarva in Ahmedabad. This east-facing vav was built by the Solankis and renovated by the Vaghelas in the 14th century before being confiscated by the Gujarat Sultanate.   Interestingly, this vav is one of the longest along the east -... Continue Reading →

Prachin Vav, Jhaloda Village, Kadi, Mehsana District, Gujarat

Stepwells built in Akhanda Bharat since the ancient times offer valuable insight into the social and cultural propensity, religious practices and architecture and art of that period. These vavs are ingenious edifices built with locally available materials and display a rare harmony of structural soundness and architectural excellence.   It is very uncommon to find stepwells... Continue Reading →

Brahma Kund, Sihor, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat

One of the lesser-known stepwells built in the 12th century by the valorous Siddharaja Jayasimha of the Solankis is the Brahma Kund in Sihor. This magnificent structure has in fact also great spiritual significance and has even been mentioned in the Puranas thereby, suggesting that this stepwell was built around an ancient kund.   As... Continue Reading →

Prachin Mandir, Danteshwar, Vadodara, Gujarat

A forgotten edifice of perhaps the 9th - 13th century which was a golden period in the history of the Baroda State is the Prachin Mandir where the Hazira stands today in Danteshwar. The Baroda State, traditionally rich in culture, history, art, architecture, literature and philosophy was ruled by valorous Hindu kings for centuries.  ... Continue Reading →

Narmada Parikrama: Datta Guru Temple, Garudeshwar Village, Nandod Taluka, Narmada District, Gujarat

One of the most outstanding examples of iconography along the Rewa River (Narmada River) is the Datta Guru Temple also known as Garudeshwar Datta Mandir in Garudeshwar village. Garudeswar village lies to the south of Tilakwada and east of Rajpipla and is a part of the important Narmada Parikrama. Thousands of devotees walk barefoot visiting... Continue Reading →

Narmada Parikrama: Kuber Bhandari Shiva Temple, Karnali Village, Dabhoi Taluka, Vadodara District, Gujarat

One of the most important tirthasthalas along the Rewa River is the ancient temple of Kuber Bhandari Shiva in Karnali village. People often stop over at the 'City of Temples', Chandod located at the Triveni Sangam of Saraswati, Narmada and Orsang rivers before proceeding to Kuber Bhandari Temple by boat.   Legend has it that Lord... Continue Reading →

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