Adalaj Step Well near Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (1)
Adalaj Vav or Adalaj Stepwell was built in 1499 by queen Rudadevi also known as Rani Roopba in memory of her husband Rana Veer Singh.
As per the local legend in the late 15th century, Rana Veer Singh ruled over Dandai Desh and his kingdom always faced water shortage and was totally dependent on rains. Rana ordered the construction of a large and deep well but died in battle with Mohammed Begda the neighbouring Muslim ruler. Mohammed Begda stopped Rudadevi from becoming a sati and told her that he wanted to marry her. Rudadevi agreed to marry him only after he completed the construction of the stepwell. On completion of the step well Rudadevi came to offer her prayers and first circumambulated the stepwell and thereafter jumped into it to be one with her husband. Legend further narrates Rani Roopba had requested religious saints to perform rituals after her death as well as take bath in this stepwell so that the water in the stepwell gets purified reliving her from her sins.
Adalaj Vav or Adalaj Stepwell is just a short drive away from Ahmedabad cit as it is at a distance of about 20 km from Ahmedabad.