Set in the quiet village of Adalaj, this vav has served as a resting place for hundreds of years for many pilgrims and caravans along their trade routes. Built in 1499 by Queen Rudabai, wife of the Vaghela chief, Veersinh, this five-storey stepwell was not just a cultural and utilitarian space, but also a spiritual refuge. It is believed that villagers would come everyday in the morning to fill water, offer prayers to the deities carved into the walls and interact with each other in the cool shade of the vav. There is an opening in the ceilings above the landing which allows the light and air to enter the octagonal well. However, direct sunlight does not touch the flight of steps or landings except for a brief period at noon. Hence some researchers say that the atmosphere inside the well is six degrees cooler than the outside. Another remarkable feature of this stepwell is that out of the many stepwells in Gujarat, it is the only one with three entrance stairs. All three stairs meet at the first storey, underground in a huge square platform, which has an octagonal opening on top. The vav is a spectacular example of Indo-Islamic architecture and design. The harmonious play of intricate Islamic floral patterns seamlessly fusing into Hindu and Jain symbolism embody the culture and ethos of those times. All the walls carved by ornamentation, mythological scenes along with everyday scenes of women churning buttermilk, dancers accompanied by musicians, women adorning themselves and a king sitting on a stool. Fascinating to many visitors is the Ami Khumbor (a pot that contains the water of life) and the Kalp Vriksha (a tree of life) carved out of a single slab of stone. There is a belief that the small frieze of navagraha (nine-planets) towards the edge of the well protects the monument from evil spirits.
Peter Noone and his Herman's Hermit's perform The Searcher's "Love Potion #9 , some country and "Dandy", live at Manalapan Day in New Jersey.
KJ Noons (ELITEXC CHAMP) vs Yves Edwards
Nick Diaz vs Muhsin Corbbrey
Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs Tony Bonello
Dave "Pee Wee" Herman vs Ron Waterman
Rafael Feijao vs Wayne Cole
Kala Kose (ICON CHAMP) vs Geoff Bumstead
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Kaleo Kwan vs Mike Aina (ICON CHAMP)
Lolohea Mahe vs Chris Bernard
PJ Dean vs Dean Lista
Remake of a montage from the classic film "High Noon." What's everybody all worked up over?
Remake of a classic montage from the film "High Noon." This is the short, sweet, to the point version. Do you like it better?
England’s performances in the 2009 Six Nations have been – to put it kindly- rather inconsistent. Two defeats from three games highlights how far the team have fallen since making the World Cup final in 2007, let alone since winning it in 2003.
A lack of discipline has also resulted in an avalanche of yellow cards, much to the anger of team manager Martin Johnson.
In this video England centre Jamie Noon talks about the team’s difficulties, England’s next game against Scotland and also touches on how hard it is to not be involved in the thick of the action.
It would seem that the future of English rugby is in great hands.
Under 11 and Under 12’s from across the country are taking part in the The Land Rover Premiership Cup. It’s the first national grassroots tournament officiated by Premier Rugby, governing body of the Guinness Premiership, and runs in conjunction with all 12 Premiership clubs across the country.
As this video shows, the Cup attracts out spectators from the top level of the game and in this video England star Jamie Noon and All-Black Carl Hayman give their opinions on the tournament.
Expert hostage negotiator Phoebe McNamara juggles her career with raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother. When Phoebe is assaulted by an unknown assailant in her precinct, she can’t help but be deeply shaken. She later receives a series of mysterious threatening messages, and discovers she is the target of a psychopath out to destroy her personally and professionally. High Noon premieres Saturday April 4th at 9pm 8c on Lifetime.
Expert hostage negotiator Phoebe McNamara juggles her career with raising her young daughter and contending with her agoraphobic mother. When Phoebe is assaulted by an unknown assailant in her precinct, she can’t help but be deeply shaken. She later receives a series of mysterious threatening messages, and discovers she is the target of a psychopath out to destroy her personally and professionally. High Noon premieres Saturday April 4th at 9pm|8c on Lifetime.
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