Std 9 English Unit 5 Rani Ki Vaav Questions Answers

 Std 9 English

 Unit 5 Rani Ki Vaav 

Questions Answers 



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(1) Rani ki Vaav (step-well) is an approved site on the world heritage list. It was declared by the UNESCO at the world heritage committee, UNESCO has recognized this masterpiece as an exceptional example of water management system.


1. Who declared Rani ki Vaav an approved site?

Ans. UNESCO declared Rani ki Vaav as an approved site.


2. What is the Vaav an example of?

 Ans. The Vaav is an example of water management system.


(2) It is a wonderful sample of technological development for utilizing ground water resources in a single structure. It is also a unique illustration of breaking large spaces into smaller volumes with artistic presentation. Rani ki Vaav has a great appeal to every observer.


1. What is the Vaav a wonderful sample of?

Ans. The Vaav is a wonderful sample of technological development to use ground water resources in a single structure.


2. What is the Vaav an illustration of?

Ans. The Vaav is a unique illustration of breaking large spaces into smaller volumes with artistic presentation.


(3) Queen Udayamati, the widow of King Bhimdev-I, constructed this Vaav between 1022 and 1063 AD. Rani ki Vaav has become one of the most popular places to visit in Gujarat. King Bhimdev - I belonged to the Solanki dynasty of Anhilwad Patan. After his death, Udayamati took up the project for solving the problem of water scarcity faced by the people of Patan. Unfortunately, the queen also died before the completion of this structure. In the world of architecture, her beautiful idea has received immense appreciation.


1. To which dynasty did King Bhimdev -I belong?

Ans. King Bhimdev - I belonged to the

Solanki dynasty of Anhilwad Patan. 


2. Who constructed the Vaav? 

Ans. Queen Udayamati, the widow of King

Bhimdev-I constructed the Vaav.


3. Why did Queen Udayamati build the Vaav?

Ans. Queen Udayamati built the Vaav to solve the problem of water scarcity faced by the people of Patan.


4. When was the Vaav constructed? 

Ans. The Vaav was constructed between 1022 and 1063 AD.


(4) Queen's step-well or Rani ki Vaav is a seven-storeyed structure. This East facing step-well is 64 metres long, 20 metres wide and 27 metres deep. Each. sculpture, passage, pillar and pavilion in this magnificent structure has enchanting carvings. On its side walls there! around 800 sculptures. are


1. What is carved on the side walls of the Vaav?

Ans. About 800 sculptures are carved on the side walls of the Vaav.


2. How many storeys does the Vaav have?

Ans. The Vaav has seven storeys.

3. How big is the Vaav?

Ans. The Vaav is 64 metres long, 20 metres wide and 27 metres deep..


4. Which parts of the Vaav have enchanting carvings?

Ans. Each sculpture, passage, pillar and pavilion in the Vaav has enchanting carvings.


(5) There are nearly 400 big sculptures of different gods and goddesses in the Vaav at present. These numbers would have been many more in the past in its original structure. Each storey has a narrow corridor for the visitors to appreciate the beauty of sculptures and carvings engraved on the walls. Even the pillars of the Vaav are not an exception to it. They display splendid artistic marvel on stone.


1. How many sculptures are there in the Vaav at present?

Ans. At present, there are 400 big sculptures of gods and goddesses in the Vaav.

2. Why does each storey have a narrow corridor? 

Ans. Each storey has a narrow corridor for the visitors to appreciate the beauty of sculptures and carvingsbon the walls.


3. What do even the pillars display?

 Ans. Even the pillars display splendid artistic marvel on stone.


(6) In fact, the Vaav is solely dedicated to Vishnu. One can find Vishnu in different shapes and postures. Most of them present Vishnu in his ten different. avatars. After Vishnu, the next important statue is of Parvati. Nearly 15 galleries have the sculptures of Parvati. 12 statues of goddess Gauri together at the same place are rarely found anywhere. The Sun temple of Modhera has it. This Vaav also has all the twelve statues of Gauri namely - Uma, Parvati, Gauri, Lalita, Shriya, Krushna, Maheshwari, Rambha, Savitri, Trisanda, Total and Tripura.


1. Name the twelve different statues

of Gauri in the Vaav.


Ans. There are twelve statues of Gauri namely - Uma, Parvati, Gauri, Lalita, Shriya, Krushna, Maheshwari, Rambha, Savitri, Trisanda, Total and Tripura.


2. To which god is the Vaav dedicated? Ans. The Vaav is dedicated to Vishnu.


3. How do Vishnu? the sculptures present

Ans. The sculptures present Vishnu in his ten different avatars, in different shapes and postures.


4. How many galleries have sculptures of Parvati?

 Ans. Nearly 15 galleries have sculptures of Parvati. the the


5. Besides Rani ki Vaav, where can you see 12 statues of Goddess Gauri?

Ans. Besides Rani ki Vaav, we can see 12 statues of Goddess Gauri in the Sun Temple at Modhera.


(7) There are also some of the rare sculptures of gods. Here one can find the statue of Lord Buddha with four hands, the statue of Rama with a sword and shield, the statue of Sun in form of a tapasvi, the statue of Shiva with beads in his hand, the statue of Parshurama with soft and gentle expression rather than having hard and stern look, etc.


1. Which are the rare sculptures of gods in the Vaav?

Ans. Some of the rare sculptures are of Lord Buddha with four hands, Lord Rama with a sword and shield, Sun in the form of a tapasvi and Lord Shiva with beads in his hand.


2. How does the sculpture present

Parshurama?

Ans. The sculpture presents Parshurama with a soft and gentle expression instead of a hard and stern look.

3. Why is the statue of Rama rare?

 Ans. The statue of Rama is rare because it has a sword and a shield in its hand.


8) Some of the sculpture display contemporary lifestyle, folk tales, animal and human instinct, etc. They reveal the artistic vision and unique imagination of culptors. The most attractive sculptures are those of Varah, Vaman, Narsinha, Ram, Kalki and Mahishasurmardini..


1. What do some of the sculptures

display?

Ans. Some of the sculpture display

contemporary lifestyle, folk tales, animal and human instinct, etc.


2. What do the sculptures reveal? Ans. The sculptures reveal artistic vision and unique imagination of the sculptors.


3. Which are the most attractive sculptures?

Ans. The most attractive sculptures are those of Varah, Vaman, Narsinha, Ram, Kalki and Mahishasurmardini.


(9) There are nearly 300 statues of apsaras. The sculptors have presented a vast range of emotions and feelings on the faces. of the apsaras. They display a variety of different moods and situations. The apsaras with 16 different makeup styles add to the grace of this unmatched structure.


1. What have the sculptors presented on the faces of the apsaras?

Ans. The sculptors have presented a vast

range of emotions and feelings on

the faces of the apsaras.


2. What do the statues of the apsaras display?

Ans. The statues of the apsaras display

variety of moods and situations.


3. What adds to the grace of the

structure?

 Ans. The apsaras with 16 different makeup styles add to the grace of the structure.


(10) The step-well also focuses on the holiness of water and its great significance in Indian culture.

The Vaav is the most developed, elaborate and ornamented example of submerged architecture. It sings the glory of the development of step-wells in India. This Vaav is a large and complex type of step-well. It has ornamented panels of sculptures.


1. On what does the Vaav focus?

 Ans. The Vaav focuses on the holiness of water and its great significance to Indian culture.


2. What is the Vaav the most elaborate example of ?

 Ans. The Vaav is the most elaborate

example of submerged architecture.


3. What type of a step-well is the Vaav? Ans. This Vaav is a large and complex type of step-well.


(11) It lay buried under the mud due to floods first, and then the vanishing of the river Saraswati. It was hidden under the layers of silt for almost seven centuries. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) took a great care to preserve this structure.


In February 2013, ASI nominated this Vaav for the World Heritage site. With an excellent teamwork by the ASI and the State Government of Gujarat, it got recognition by the UNESCO.


1. Why was the Vaav buried? 

Ans. The Vaav was buried under mud due to floods and then the vanishing of the river Saraswati.


2. For how long was the Vaav hidden?

 Ans. The Vaav was hidden for almost seven centuries.

3. Who takes care of the Vaav? 

Ans. The ASI (Archeological Survey of India) takes care of the Vaav.

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