The 'Toran', called the 'Kirti Stambha' (Temple Arch) in
other regions, is a semi-religious or civic form that flourished under the
Solanki rule in Gujarat. Two of the finest
examples are at Vadnagar. At one time, both must have been connected with
a temple, not a trace of which now remains.
Of the two, the one that stood at what was the edifice of Rewah, is a truly imposing structure. Almost complete and a typical example of its kind, it rises to a total height of 40 feet. It consists of two massive and elaborate columns, supporting a wide cornice, above which rises a vaulted pediment, containing figures.
THE DESIGN OF THE PILLARS
The pillars are designed with an upper storey or attic, between which is thrown an ornamental cusped arch, making the effect of an archway more apparent. All the parts forming the 'toran' are devised on the same principles as those employed in the temple design.