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Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said on Tuesday that her state will set up foreign desks in global financial centers like New York, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guangzhou and Tokyo to attract investments from the Indian diaspora.

“The Gujarati diaspora is present in huge numbers abroad and is prepared to invest towards the growth of their home state. In order to institutionalize this, we will set up foreign desks at New York, Dubai, Frankfurt, Guangzhou and Tokyo,” Patel said while addressing the Gujarat Investor Summit at the ongoing ‘Make In India Week’.

Giving an overview of the investment proposals in the state, she said Gujarat has received investment intentions proposals worth Rs.62,403 crore in 2015, which is nearly 21 percent of the entire country.

She said the state has proved its excellence in 97 multiple parameters for ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and also encourages small, medium-micro and medium and MSME industries.

“More than 600,000 such MSMEs are present in the state, providing opportunities to nearly four million people. Our policies have always been industry-friendly and have managed to attract both domestic and foreign investors through its biennial the Vibrant Gujarat Summit,” Patel said.

She noted Gujarat is the biggest auto hub in India with companies like Tata, Ford, Maruti, Honda Scooters and others operating from there.

Besides, she said there is a huge growth potential in petrochemicals and electronics manufacturing sectors which have attracted investments of Rs.100,000 crore in past two years.

At the MIIW, Gujarat signed three MoUs with a French, Indian and Danish company for various projects. These are the development of a marine application for offshore platform at a cost of Rs.341 crore by France’s Tar Kovas Systems, with Danish wind energy major Vestas India for a Rs.426 crore blade factory and another MoU with Ameya Information Ltd, Gujarat. (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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