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The Digpaal - Guard of Direction - B&W

Biren Brahmbhatt

Ahmedabad, India

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Shot at Rani Ni Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat, India. This stepwell is thought to be built by Maharaja of Patan, Bhimdev Solanki in 1022-42 AD. However, certain old literature point the Stepwell’s origin to be in 800 AD also.

Nearly 1000 years old, the Stepwell was buried under ground after years of floods and earthquakes.

Up till 1967, nobody even new it ever existed. But then Archiological Survey of India discovered this rich treasure and gradually digged out entire Stepwell.

The stepwell is made of a Water Well proper and 7 storried steps from Ground level down to the Well. The Stepwell is 25 meters wide, 47 meters long and 27 meters Deep at the Well Proper end.

Each wall, Pillars and ceilings are carved in every inch. Incidents, characters and events carved have roots to Ancient Hindu Mythology and literature.

This image is of one such sculpture based on a mythological character “The Dig-paal”. According to Hindu Mythology, The Digpaals (Dig means Directions and Paal means Sentry) are the sentries or guards of the 8 Directions which are (clock-wise):

Uttar [Sanskrit/Hindi] – North
Ishan [Sanskrit/Hindi] – North-East
Purva [Sanskrit/Hindi] – East
Agni [Sanskrit/Hind] – South-East
Daxin [Sanskrit/Hindi] – South
Nairutya [Sanskrit/Hindi] – South-West
Pashchim [Sanskrit/Hindi] – West
Vayavya [Sanskrit/Hindi] – North-West

Further mythological details on the Dikpaals will follow soon in the description.

Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Lens: Tamron AF 18-270mm Di II
Exposure: 1/30 Secs at f/5.6
ISO 100
B&W Conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2

Original version

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