Photographer's Note

It is of some interest to be aware of the chronological development of vavs in Gujarat. First in sequence were the two, rock-carved vavs at Junagadh - one in Uparkot Fort and one near the Buddhist caves. Some authorities have suggested dates for these as early as the 2nd - 4th centuries AD, others have argued for the 6th - 7th centuries. Next, the first structural vavs are to be found in or near Dhank, to the northwest of Junagadh - possibly early 7th century. Then, we have this vav at Modhera, dating, as with the nearby Sun Temple, from the 11th century.

This vav is classified as a type 1 category c, i.e. a straight, stepped corridor with one entrance and employing pavilion towers (kutas) as the only supporting structure. It is located .35 kms southeast of the kund and lies on a broadly north-south axis. There are 2 kutas, 3 storeys, and 33 steps.

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Additional Photos by Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
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