Amritavarshini Vav

Amritavarshini Vav, also known as Panchkuva Stepwell or Katkhuni Vav, is a stepwell near the Panchkuva Darwaja in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Amritavarshini Vav
Amritvarshini Vav, Ahmedabad.jpg
General information
Architectural styleHindu and Islamic architecture
Town or cityAhmedabad
Coordinates23°01′30″N 72°35′50″E / 23.02495°N 72.5972°E / 23.02495; 72.5972
Technical details
Floor countThree storied stepwell
DesignationsS-GJ-1 (state protected monument since 1969)


Panchkuva, literally five wells, area derived its name the five wells in the area. Amritavarshini vav was completed in 1723 as per Devanagari and Persian inscription ( Vikram Samvat 1779/A.H. 1135 ) in the stepwell. It was built by Raghunathdas, diwan to Haidar Quli Khan, who was the governor of Gujarat during his stay in the city in 1721–1722 for charitable purpose.[1][2][3]


Sparsely ornamented, Amriavarshini Vav is notable for its L-shaped plan and has simple design. It has three storeys and is more than 50 feet deep. The bracing arches have different shapes at the two storeys and in the kuta (pavilion tower) before the well shaft. It was declared a protected monument in 1969 and was conserved in 1999. It was recharged later by digging in 2004.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Menon, Lekha (18 November 2004). "A 'step' in time". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ Mānekshāh Sorābshāh Commissariat (1957). A History of Gujarat: Mughal period, from 1573 to 1758. Longmans, Green & Company, Limited. p. 404.
  3. ^ "Times of India Publications". Times of India Publications. 24 November 2009. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2015.