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New Delhi: Fissures emerged in the Gujjar community in Delhi over extending support to Patel community leader Hardik Patel.

hardik-patel-thumbHardik Patel, who conducted a huge rally on August 25th in Ahmedabad for Patel community’s inclusion in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category quota, arrived here on Sunday at the invitation of Kurmi and Gujjar, which organized a meet at the Gujjar Bhavan in Kotla village.

As Patel began his speech, a scuffle broke out between Rajendra Mavi Gujjar, who voiced his objection to the Gujjar community leaders sharing dais with Hardik Patel, who supported reservation for Jats, and other members of the Gujjar community.

Rajendra Mavi Gujjar is the national president of Akhil Bharatiya Gujjar Mahasangh.

“The same Gujjars who approached the Supreme Court opposing the reservation of Jats in the Supreme Court, how can they now share the dais with Hardik Patel, who supports reservation for Jats,” asked Rajendra Mavi Gujjar.

“Most of the Gujjars have gathered here seeing the media reports without having any knowledge what is going to happen here,” he added.

“There is a very powerful force behind the agitation and protests in Gujarat. How is it possible that the Patels, who are running the government in Gujarat, are organizing such protests? How are the Patels agitating against the Patels? How are they killing their own people, burning the houses of the Patels,” he asked.

After a brief scuffle, Rajendra Mavi Gujjar was taken out of the venue and Hardik Patel finally managed to deliver his speech for almost 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, another Gujjar community leader Nathu Singh, a member of Inquilab Vikas Dal, however, said there was some misconception and there was no question of supporting Jats because they don’t belong to the OBC category.

“Hardik Patel came here on my invitation and we wholly support him and will also take his support. I know he’ll not support Jat reservation,” said Singh.

“We will agitate if reservation is not given to us. Why can’t let OBCs get reservation as, according to their population, the Gujjars, Kurmis, Patidar are one and we will have to unite,” he added.

(with inputs from IANS)

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Rani Ki Vav: A Mesmerising Stepwell Built In The Memory Of A King By His Queen

Rani Ki Vav is also considered the queen of stepwells in India

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Rani Ki Vav is one of the greatest stepwells ever made in India. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Rav Ki Rani in Gujarat is one of the biggest stepwells in India
  • It is famous for its size and beautiful architecture
  • The stepwell is one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO

Stepwells are an important part of India’s architecture and its

Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat is one of the biggest stepwells in India. Wikimedia Commons
Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat is one of the biggest stepwells in India. Wikimedia Commons

history. Throughout India, there are many stepwells present which may though look similar, but differ in their architectural and historical significance. One such stepwell is Rani Ki Vav in Gujarat.

Rani Ki Vav – A monument breaking the norms 

India has many monuments which have been built by the kings in the memory of their queens, Taj Mahal is one of the greatest examples of that. However, Rani Ki Vav is different. Breaking through the norms, this monument was built by a queen in the memory of her king.

Rani ki Vav, which means, Queen’s stepwell is near Patan in Gujarat. It was constructed sometime during the 11th century in the memory of Bhimdev, the son of Mularaja who was the founder of the Solanki dynasty. The richly sculpted stepwell which is considered a masterpiece was dedicated to the king by his widowed wife, Udayamati. It was flooded by the river Saraswati in the 1980s.

Also Read: Nalanda Mahavira makes it to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites

Rani Ki Vav – Architecture 

Rani Ki Vav stepwell was recognised as World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2014.

This stepwell was built by a queen in the memory of her king. Wikimedia Commons
This stepwell was built by a queen in the memory of her king. Wikimedia Commons

Rani Ki Vav is built inside an opening in the ground, which makes it special. The east facing stepwell is constructed in seven storeys and is approximately 64m long, 20m wide & 27m deep.

The central architectural theme of the stepwell is “Dasavatars,” meaning ’10 incarnations’ of Lord Vishnu. There are over 800 sculptures in the seven galleries, out of which, majority are devoted to Lord Vishnu only.There is also a carving of Vishnu reclining on one thousand snakeheads. The lowest level of the well is blocked by stones and silt now, after the flooding by river Saraswati, however earlier it used to be an escape route to the neighbouring villages.

Rani Ki Vav is considered queen of stepwells in India. Wikimedia Commons
Rani Ki Vav is considered queen of stepwells in India. Wikimedia Commons

Rani Ki Vav is one of the finest step wells in India and the most famous in Gujarat. It has many pillars and walls which are sculpted in the beautiful Maru-Gurjara architectural style. It is nothing less than a mesmerizing sight.

Also Read: 5 Traditional Water Conservation Methods In India 

It is one of kind type of mesmerising structure which is definitely worth visiting. Rani Ki Vav is also considered the queen of stepwells in India. Rani ki Vav was also among the five international heritage sites selected by the Scottish Ten team for digital preservation and scanned in 2011. It is one truly remarkable monument.

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