Saas-Bahu Temples

Saas-Bahu Temples is an architectural gem, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by the Kachhwaha king Mahipal in the early 11th century. It is originally known as Shahastra Bahu Temple. It is probably the most ancient temple without the fort.

The fortress of Gwalior proves to be a place of royal power as well as religious worship. On the opposite side of the palace are several ancient shrines. The two temples- Sas Bahu Temples- date back to the 11th century. The first temple of Lord Vishnu (Sahastrbahu form- thousands arms/ hands form) built for Saas, the queen of Kachhwaha king Mahipal, as she was devotee of Lord Vishnu. They were originally devoted to the god Vishnu. The second temple, called Bahu (daughter-in-law) Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Very elegant architecture is reminiscent of glorious Indian past. The pyramidal roof of the Sas Bahu Temple, called shikhar, is very beautiful and an architectural poetry in stone. The temple is 32 meters long and 22 meters wide and has three gateways facing three different directions and there is a room in the forth direction. The Muslim invaders tried to destroy these temples but it could withstand it.

The Temples of Sas Bahu are located south of Man Mandir Palace. The temples date from the 9th-11th centuries and are dedicated to the cult of Vishnu. These temples are among the beautiful monuments of India. It is an architectural marvel, with pillars decorated with sculptures and wall figures. Its roofs are circular and shaped like a lotus. The ceiling is supported by octagonal pillars. The place is well preserved and attracts many tourists.

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