Dada Harir Step Well

 

Overview

The stepwell has been built in 1485 by the Muslim king Sultan Bai Harir. A Sanskrit inscription at Dada Hari Vav nor asserts that the seven-story step-well was constructed in 1500 AD. It was during the reign of Mahmud Shah that Bai Harir Sultani, locally known as Dada Hari, built the step-well. Sultani was the superintendent of the royal harem. The building, with beautiful sculptures all more, cost 3,29,000 Mahmudis (over Rs1 lakh) at that time. The moldings step-well has spiral 
staircases concocted in the sidewall of the well shaft and descending to the different levels of platform.
 
Built in sand stone of Solanki architectural style, the Dada Harir stairway is five stories deep. It is octagonal (9-polygon) in the plan at the top, built on carved large number of pillars. Each floor is spacious enough to provide for people to congregate. It has been dug down deep access to the mass of water at this level, the accounting of seasonal fluctuations of the water level due to rainfall during the year. The air and light the vents in the roofs on different floors and the landing level are in the form of large openings. From the first level history, three stairs lead to the low level of water in the wells, which is regarded as a unique characteristic.
 
Built along a north-south axis, at the input is from the South, the three stairs are originating in countries of the south, west and east directions leading to the landing, which is on the north side of the well. The structural system is typically Indian style with traditional trabeat with horizontal beams and lintels. At the bottom of the well is a stepped square to the ground in the form of a funnel that extends to the lower cut. It is chiseled in a circular. Above the square floor, columns, beams, walls, and arched openings spiral around; a function that continues to the top. The upper part of the well, however, is a vertical space open to the sky. The four corners of the square are strengthened with stone exposed beams, fixed at 45 degrees. The reasons of flowers and graphics of the Islamic architecture mixes very well with the symbols of the Hindu religion and Jain gods carved to various levels of the well. The dominant position of the sculptures on the upper floors are of elephants (3 inch (76 mm) in size, each of a different design).  Islamic architecture style could be attributed to the king muslim Sultan Bai Harir who built.
 
The temperature inside the well is said to be about five degrees lower than the outside high temperatures of the summer. This has encouraged the women who came to find water to devote more time to cool climates here. They remained in the worship of gods and goddesses and gossip. A tribute to the rich underground structures, which are richly decorated with sculpture, is that they are said to resemble palace.
 

Location

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India
State
Gujarat
City
Ahmedabad
Location
Asarwa Chakla
Address
Dada Harir Stepwell Asarwa Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380016
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1485
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Hindu and Islamic architecture

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