Jethabhai's Stepwell

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Jethabhai's Stepwell
Jethabhai's Stepwell is located in Gujarat
Jethabhai's Stepwell
Location in Gujarat, India
Basic information
LocationIsanpur, Ahmedabad
Geographic coordinates22°58′28″N 72°36′12″E / 22.9744714°N 72.6034272°E / 22.9744714; 72.6034272Coordinates: 22°58′28″N 72°36′12″E / 22.9744714°N 72.6034272°E / 22.9744714; 72.6034272
MunicipalityAhmedabad Municipal Corporation
StateGujarat
StatusActive
Heritage designationMonument of National Importance
ASI Monument No. N-GJ-45
Architectural description
Architectural typestepwell
FounderJethabhai Mulji
Completed1860s
Specifications
Length210 feet
Width21–22 feet

Jethabhai's Stepwell or Jethabhai ni Vav, is a stepwell in Isanpur area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

History and architecture[edit]

Jethabhai step well plan, 1884 sketch

James Burgess wrote in 1905 in the Archaeological Survey of Western India, volume VIII, "two and a half miles south of Ahmadabad, near Isanpur... [is] perhaps one of the most modern examples of the regular wav [step well]. It was constructed little more than forty years ago by the late Jethabhai Jivanlal Nagjibhai (or Mulji) of Ahmadabad. To obtain the materials, he purchased from the holder of Shah Alam the rauza belonging to a masjid known as that of Malik Alam...and from the late Qazi Hasan-ud-din of Ahmadabad he bought the Nenpurvada masjid at Rajapur-Hirpur together with its accompanying rauza. These were pulled down by the Hindu purchaser and the materials used in the construction of this well and in putting up a portico to his temple in the Shaherkotda suburb. In the ornamentation of the well one of the mihrabs of the mosque has evidently been utilized. This wav... is 210 feet (64 m) in length and from 21 to 22 feet (6.4 to 6.7 m) wide, with a dome raised on twelve pillars on the entrance at the west end. It has the usual descents from platform or gallery to gallery."

The stepwell was built by Jethabhai around 1860s. It has four pavilions and the entrance pavilion is canopied.[1][2][3]

The stepwell was restored by the Archaeological Survey of India in 2017-18.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Jutta Jain-Neubauer (1 January 1981). The Stepwells of Gujarat: In Art-historical Perspective. Abhinav Publications. pp. 56–57. ISBN 978-0-391-02284-3.
  2. ^ "JETHABHAI NI VAV LIGHTS UP ON DEV DIWALI". Ahmedabad Mirror. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Manish, Kumar (24 October 2008). "BRT corridor runs into heritage hurdle". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 December 2014.