Some friends have commented that I am besotted with step-wells, which are called ‘vavs’ in Gujarat. Perhaps they are right – I am quite fascinated by these, not having seen a single before my visits to Gujarat.
I had written about the famous ones in Adalaj and Patan, and about a few not so famous ones in Ahmedabad. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered another one in the city, known as Jethabhai ni Vav. This is not as old as the Adalaj and Patan vavs, having been built only in the 1860s. It is a small but beautiful structure, which needs looking after – I hope the local residents and the municipality can find funds to keep it in better shape.
Situated in a small, pretty garden, this vav can become quite an attraction for the historically-inclined and architecturally-minded citizens of Ahmedabad.
A more famous Ahmedabad landmark is the Hutheesingh Jain Temple, near Delhi Darwaza in the Shahibaug area of the city.
The main temple was under repairs, although prayers and puja were being offered by devotees. The small tower, the Kirti Stambh, was like a miniature version of the famous one at Chitorgarh. The temple is open to visitors, but photography is discouraged inside the precincts. The carvings on the outside wall and gates were very beautiful.
I look forward to my next visit when the restoration work has been completed, and the temple will be shown in all its glory.