On the way to Sindhrot in the ravines of Mahi river is a 500-year-old vav, considered as the oldest and most beautiful vav of Sultan Mehmud Begada’s time in 16th century. A clutter of shops hides this treasure. Sevasi Vav (Originally known as Vidhyadhar Vav) was built to commemorate a spiritual leader, Vidyadhar, who died early and was revered in Sevasi village. The money used in building the vav came from state the treasury.

The brick and stone vav is in east-west direction and goes seven storeys below ground level. The second storey has leaf patterns and magnificent sculptures. Some of the walls have scriptures on festivals celebrated by communities of that era. A stone masonry at the entrance has a name inscribed in Devnagri script. The gate has two tigers carved on the left and two elephants on the right. Stepwells were used to store rain water, and also became sources of legends. It is said, young girls decked in gold were sacrificed at Sevasi stepwell on full moon nights, for prosperity.

The geography of the Baroda megacity is dotted with several‘vavs’ (stepwell) and had further than 100 vavs at one point in time. Unfortunately, many of them are accessible and indeed smaller are in a well- maintained state.

Positioned in the outskirts of the city, on the way to Sindhrot is the 500- time-old Sevasi Vav. Considered as the oldest and most beautiful vav of Sultan Mehmud Begada’s time. According to a Devnagari necrology on one of its ray, it was erected around 1496 (Vikram Samvat 1549). The necrology also states that it was erected to commemorate a spiritual leader, Vidyadhar, who failed beforehand and was deified in Sevasi vill.

The vav is erected with a combination of slipup masonry and a system of gravestone columns and goes seven situations below the ground. Just like any other vav, this bone is also acquainted in the east-west direction. It's decorated with motifs of torans, flowers, bells and of creatures similar as mammoths and nags and catcalls. The intermediate situations of the vav have false‘jharokhas’on its walls inscribed with flowery patterns. The structure is penetrated through a gate-suchlike structure with a pate in the center. This gate is decorated with motifs of mammoths and barracuda in relief work on the right and left side independently. It's said, youthful girls decked in gold were offered at Sevasi stepwell on full moon nights, for substance.


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