On the occasion of Republic Day, the Gujarat government has come up with an idea to make a 'Rani ki Vav' tableau. In this parade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's younger brother Pankaj Modi has a major to play.
Gandhinagar: While India's westernmost state, Gujarat is all set to present "Rani ki Vav: Jal Mandir" (Queen's Stepwell) tableau for the Republic Day parade in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's younger brother has a key role to play in the state's tableau.
PM Modi's younger brother, Pankaj Modi is the deputy director in the Gujarat government's Information Department and is in Delhi as part of the Republic Day tableau team from Gujarat.
"Gujarat will present the "Rani ki Vav: Jal Mandir" tableau in the national parade organised as a part of the Republic Day celebration to be held in New Delhi on January 26," an official statement read.
"This 'Rani ki Vav' tableau is going to exhibit the great heritage of Gujarat to become a central attraction for the nation at the national parade," the statement further read.
'Rani ki Vav', which was built by Rani Udayamati as a memorial to her husband King Bhimdev I in the 11th century in Patan district, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014.
The original grandeur seven storeyed mausoleum monument of 'Rani ki Vav' is located on the banks of historical Sarasvati River at Patan town in Gujarat.
The water wells and reservoirs (chiefly lakes) have always been the lifeline of Gujarat. Among them, the "Rani ki Vav" has remained vitally crucial as "Jal Mandir" (water temple) since centuries.
As a trailer to the tableau, the sculpture of "Dashavatar of Lord Vishnu" as the central theme, along with the idols of women showcasing their different forms of beauty in traditional Indian style have also been placed.
"The guidance and direction in building this tableau were given by Ashwini Kumar (IAS), Secretary, Information and Broadcast Department, Gujarat Government; Ashok Kalaria, Information Director; Arvind Patel, Additional Director; Pankaj Modi, Deputy Director; and Hiren Bhatt, Deputy Director," the statement informed.
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Last Updated Jan 23, 2020, 8:55 AM IST