Rani-ki-vav situated on the banks of river Saraswati at Patan, Gujarat, holds the distinction of being the only step well built by a queen (Udayamati) in the memory of her husband (King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty) built by artisans over many years
Designed as an inverted temple signifying the sanctity of water, it is divided into seven levels of stairs, lined with more than 800 majestic figures and deities of religious importance sculpted by artisans.
The patterns on its walls refer to the motifs that were used in the famed hand-woven Patan Patola sarees, a craft that involves double ikat weaving, dating back to the Solanki era. Only a few families practice the exquisite ancient art today.
On 19 July 2018, Reserve Bank of India announced that the new ₹100 note in the Mahatma Gandhi series, will feature Rani ki Vav on the rear side of the note which is going to be in Lavender Colour, to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of this architecture wonder that we almost lost till it's discovery a few years back
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