King Mehmud Begada the neighbouring king of the Adalaj kingdom entered into a war with King Rana Veer Singh. At the time of war the contruction of the stepwell commissioned by King Rana Veer Singh was in full swing. Unfortunately King Rana Veer Singh lost and died in the war and the kingdom fell in the hands of Mehmud Bagada..
Rani Roopba, the widowed queen of Rana Veer Singh was known for her beauty and courage. No wonder King Mehmud Begada fell head over heels in love with her. He proposed a marriage and though heartbroken she agreed surprisingly, her only condition being that King Mehmud would finish the pending construction work of the stepwell. The king agreed and work started in flow as the marriage would take place only after the construction gets over. The lower floors of the stepwell built originally in Hindu style had additions for the upper floors in Islamic style.
On the day of the marriage ceremony , the queen jumped into the well and committed suicide. She fulfilled her husband’s dream and remained loyal in love to her husband. This devastated King Mehmud but his love for Rani Roopba ensured that the stepwell became a symbol of love – Rani’s love for her king Rana Veersing and King Mehmud’s love for Rani Roopba.
Islamic motifs seamlessly fuse into the Hindu patterns of carvings bringing out a glorious mix of both the architecture and design.