PICTURE STORY OF THE TEMPLES OF GWALIOR
Gwalior is in the MP state of India. MP is Madhya Pradesh.
I went here with expectations to see something unseen and beautiful and I saw exactly that. this place is beyond Gwalior fort. From beautiful museums to the royal fort, temples, Jain idols, monuments, the history there’s so much to see and explore. We recommend this destination for famous temples of Gwalior too.
Don’t think I am a too religious person though I am a spiritual being, but lately I have developed an affinity for visiting religious destinations on all the new places I visit. And I have never regretted that decision rather have only been delighted further. As shared on my blog earlier on Importance of spirituality, these destinations give the true feel of a place’s historical past.
Three important temples one must visit while in Gwalior are.
The Gopachal Parvat or Siddhachal JainTemple Caves of Gwalior
This temple was a surprise for me while visiting the fort. I always wanted to visit cave temples and didn’t know I will find one of those in Gwalior too. These temples were built in the 8th century. There are many Jain temples inside Gwalior fort dedicated to the Jain religion, the “Tirthankars”. One need to hike up a small hillock to visit these temples. They are cut out on the rocks to represent intricately carved statues of the Tirthankars. In this place, this idol is the tallest Idol of the Adinatha or Rishabhnatha the first Tirthankars. Notice the water dripping on the face, which makes the view very powerful. This huge more than 50 feet statue amidst the mountain gives such a blessed feeling. There were much more such statues there. It was a memorable and peaceful hike.
THE TELI TEMPLE
Teli Temple Gwalior is an awesome offbeat destination in Gwalior. Though Gwalior is famous for its fort and many other landmarks, I loved this temple a lot. As per history, it was dated before 11th Century AD. This temple has many local legends attached to it, including the one that it was built by the oil merchants. Primarily this was a “Vishnu” Temple with extensively carved outer walls. Currently, there is no idol inside the temple but the vastness of outer architecture and beauty is worth visiting. So if you visit Gwalior you can visit this landmark which I think is underrated but totally worth it. The temple is built in “Dravid” and “Buddhist” style architecture which is primarily a South Indian Style ( though Gwalior is not in South India it’s in Central India ). This reflects, such a vast history associated with this destination and historic city in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh MP. The area was ruled by various rulers and hence there’s so much history to this place.
SAHASTRA BAHU TEMPLE
This temple is yet another portrayal of amazing architectures in ‘Madhya Pradesh’ state of India. Sahastrabahu means “One with thousand of arms”, this depicts a form of “Lord Vishnu” of Hindu religion. Though here too there’s no idol inside the temple, the beautiful architecture stands strong.
There’s also another temple near it of Lord Shiva.These temples are locally referred to as ‘Sas Bahu’ temples because the word Shastra Bahu rhymes with it.
Since the temple is built on an elevation it can easily be reached by a small drive uphill towards the east of the main Gwalior fort.
Views from this temple to the surrounding area are astonishing. From here one can also see the fort in spectacular silhouettes. A must visit travelquartz destination if you are in Gwalior.
So next time when you plan a trip to MP add the temples of Gwalior in your list
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