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Stark opposite from my last post, but one of my favorite shots I took was on this escalator. Felt very instagram-y. I looked very touristy.
Rani Udayamati commissioned this vav or stepwell, in 1063 in the memory of her husband King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati river and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Rani Ki Vav is amongst the finest stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of the ancient capital city.
The vavs of Gujarat are not merely sites for collecting water and socialising, but also simultaneously hold great spiritual significance. They were originally constructed quite simply, but became more intricate over the years, perhaps to make explicit this ancient concept of the sanctity of water by carving it out in stone deities. You may thus enter Rani Ki Vav as if it is a subterranean temple.
The steps begin at ground level, leading you down through the cool air through several pillared pavilions to reach the deep well below. There are more than 800 elaborate sculptures among seven galleries. The central theme is the Dasavataras, or ten incarnations of Vishnu, including Buddha. The avatars are accompanied by sadhus, brahmins, and apsaras, painting their lips and adorning themselves. At water level you come to a carving of Sheshashayi-Vishnu, in which Vishnu reclines on the thousand-hooded serpent Shesha, where it is said he rests in the infinity between ages.
Mis muy queridas ranitas! Como os comenté ayer, he decidido que en 2020 voy a ir un poco más relajada en comuniones tras todo lo que ha sucedido en 2019, así que ya se ha completado la plaza que quedaba (bueno he metido alguna más 😅) feliz viernes!!!!
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A hyrax. While it looks like a 40 cm big rodent, in fact its closest relatives are elephants and manatees. It is one of the few survivors of an early, primitive branch of mammals, so primitive that they do not have proper internal temperature regulation but instead, just like reptiles have to bask in the sun to get their body temperature up.