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.
Featuring 16 fighters from rising stars to veterans of the octagon, the event thrilled the crowd at the Reno Events Center.
Matthew Dunning from CagePlay**** interviews Mark Bocek and they talk about his training, when he'll be might be back in the Octagon, and is predictions on the upcoming UFC Card. Distributed by Tubemogul.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against number one contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. The pound for pound king has already defended his title more times than anyone in UFC middleweight history and will battle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Leites - winner of five in a row.
From the octagon to the big screen, the world’s greatest Mixed Martial Arts Champions come together for the first time in the major motion picture, Never Surrender. George “Rush” St-Pierre (current UFC Welterweight Champion), BJ “The Prodigy” Penn (current UFC Lightweight Champion), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion), Anderson “The Spider” Silva (current UFC Middleweight Champion) and heavyweight favorite Heath “The Texas Crazy Horse” Herring star in this controversial action-thriller set in the world of underground street fighting. The DVD contains smashing special features including a “Making Of” featurette, Anatomy of a Fight, a music video and trailer gallery. Never Surrender crashes onto store shelves on April 28, 2009
When an MMA world champion is lured into the illegal world of underground cage fighting by an elusive promoter, he quickly realizes that the only way out is to kill or to be killed. In a place where some fight for glory and some fight for the fight, he will fight for his life. Now, in his greatest effort to come out on top, he can never look back, never show weakness, never leave…and never surrender.
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The stunning ATP World Tour Finals Singles trophy was presented for the first time in 2009. The octagonal shape represents the eight players taking part in the tournament. The trophy, made entirely from sterling silver, weighs in excess of 10kgs.
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Two of the biggest names in mixed martial arts are brought back to the octagon in EA Sports MMA.
Kung Fu Factory throws its hat into the octagon with this brutal take on the mixed martial-arts phenomena.