Gwalior Temples - Mélange of divinity and antiquity
With one of the most beautiful forts, magnificent palaces and museums, Gwalior has many aces up its sleeves. No doubt Gwalior fort tops the list when it comes to exploring the historical side of the city, but Gwalior can also enlighten your soul with spirituality as there are temples which not just attract for their architecture but also for the tales associated with each one of them.
Let’s explore the temples of Gwalior wherein each and every stone breath a story and let you indulge in an enlightening experience.
Saas Bahu temple
One of the famous temples in Gwalior, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu by the king Mahipala around 1093. Lord Vishnu is also known as Sahastrabahu (the one with many heads). However, according to the beliefs the name changed to Saas Bahu temple over a period of time and these two temples are now conjointly known as Saas Bahu. One of the temples is bigger than the other and perhaps for that reason one is considered as Mother in law and the other as daughter in law!
The Saas temple is the larger one with three storeys, an intricately carved lotus ceiling and a stairwell. The smaller temple devoted to lord Shiva is called the Bahu temple. Huge sandstone slabs are balance over each other in slanting positions and the temple structure rests entirely on beams and pillars.
Chaturbhuj temple in Gwalior interestingly has a mathematical importance associated with it. The circle that we know as ‘zero’ originated on the walls of this temple. Situated near the Laxman gate, towards the north eastern entrance of the fort stands the ancient Chaturbhuj temple dedicated to lord Vishnu.
The temple dates to 875 AD and is the only monolithic rock cut temple within the fort. Inside the temple is a four-armed image of Lord Vishnu.
Surya Mandir is yet another attraction that one must include in the places to see in Gwalior. IN Gwalior’s Morar locality, a few kilometers east of the tomb of Tansen and Mohammad Ghaus is this modern temple dedicated to Sun god. Built in the last 1980s this temple is surrounded with a beautiful garden.
The architecture of the temple is splendid to an extent that the first rays of the sun in the morning fall at the feet of lord Surya at the garbhgriha or the sanctum sanctorum.
Teli Ka Mandir
According to one of the popular beliefs, the reign of Gurjara Pratihara King, Mihirabhoja of Kannauj, during the 8th-9th century, witnessed the members of Teli community (Teli meaning oil merchant) constructing a 23 m high Vishnu temple inside the fort, which became unique owing to its architectural hybridity. The pastiche of different building styles, the temple has a valabhi shikhara (tower) made after the Dravidian Gopuram and is mounted on a nagara base which has its affiliation to the north Indian temple architecture.
An astonishing confluence of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the 7 storeyed Datia Palace stands tall in the historic city of Datia. While its exterior is adorned with arches, chhatris and oriel windows, the Bundela paintings beautify the interior.
The historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. Here, the river Betwa splits into seven channels, also call.