Rani Ki Vav - a motif on 100 Rupee Note

A new note of Rs 100 denomination is issued by The Reserve Bank of India which has a motif of 'Rani Ki Vav' on the reverse, depicting the country's cultural heritage.

What is "Rani Ki Vav" ?

"Rani Ki Vav" a UNESCO's World Heritage Site since 2014 is situated on the banks of the Saraswati river in Patan, Gujarat. 'Rani Ki Vav' a stepwell had bagged the title of 'cleanest iconic place' in India at the Indian Sanitation Conference.

Rani ki vav, built as a memorial to an 11th-century king Bhima during the rule of the Chaulukya dynasty. It is a distinctive form of subterranean water resource and storage systems.

"Rani Ki Vav", a masterpiece in craftsmen ability in stepwell construction is built in Maru-Gurjara architectural style with an inverted temple, reflecting the mastery of the complex technique and great beauty of detail and proportions.

It has 500 principle and over a thousand minor sculptural panels of high artistic quality depicted on seven levels of stairs, these sculptures are a combination of religious, mythological and secular imagery and often reference to literary works.

A rectangular tank 9.5M by 9.4M is also situated on the deepes level IV of the building, at a depth of 23M. A well is also located at the westernmost end of the property and consists of a shaft 10 m in diameter and 30 m deep.

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