Sas Bahu Temple Gwalior

Sas Bahu Temple Gwalior
Vital Information for Visitors

Sas Bahu Temple, Gwalior Fort, Gwalior, M.P.

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Visiting Time:

08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fees:

Nil but entry into Gwalior Fort is ticketed.


Approx 30 minutes

Dedicated To:

Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva


10th Century AD Hindu temple

Sas Bahu Temple, one of the historical and religious monuments, is a tourist attraction in Gwalior . Sas-Bahu Temple, a set of two temples, is an architectural gem and located to the south of Man Mandir Palace. Originally known as Shahastra Bahu Temple, it is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by the Kachhwaha king Mahipal in the early 11th century. It is probably the most ancient temple within the fort complex. The Sahastrabahu Temple or Sas Bahu Temple, astounding example of medieval Hindu sculpture, is remarkable for the profusion of sculptured columns and labyrinths of carved pilasters which decorate the larger of the sister structures. The edifices are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and situated within the porch area. The larger section of Sas Bahu Temple bears a long Sanskrit inscription, stating that it was completed by a Rajput prince of Gwalior in 1098 AD. These temples are rated among the beautiful monuments of India. It is an architectural marvel, with pillars decorated with sculptures and wall figures. The place is well preserved and attracts many tourists. The interior is remarkably well-lighted for a Hindu sanctuary and it is possible to obtain a good view of the gorgeous ceiling and its intricate carving without having recourse to artificial illumination.

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, including Sas Bahu Temple. The larger shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Sahastrbahu form- thousands arms/ hands form) built for Sas (Mother in Law), the queen of Kachhwaha king Mahipal, as she was devotee of Lord Vishnu. They were originally devoted to the god Vishnu. The second shrine, 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. Its roofs are circular and shaped like a lotus. The ceiling is supported by octagonal pillars. The temple is 32 meter long and 22 meters wide and has three gateways facing three different directions and there is a ‘mandapam’ in the forth direction. The barbaric Muslim invaders tried to destroy these temples but it could withstand it.

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