Gwalior Fort is an 8th century hill fort near Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, central India. The fort consists of a defensive structure and two main palaces, Gurjari Mahal and Man Mandir, built by Man Singh Tomar.The fort has been controlled by a number of different rulers over time. The Gurjari Mahal palace was built for Queen Mrignayani. It is now an archaeological museum.
Gurdwara Data Bandi Chorh Sahib, situated in Gwalior, is associated with the imprisonment of Guru Har Gobind Sahib in Gwalior Fort and his celebrated release in which he managed to win the freedom of 52 Rajas (Kings) who had long suffered imprisonment in the Fort. The word "Bandi" means "imprisoned", "Chhor" means "release".
During October/November, the worldwide Sikh Sangat (community) celebrates the safe return of the sixth Nanak, Guru Hargobind from detention from Gwalior Fort in about October 1619. The day coincides with the Hindu festival of Diwali , ("the festival of lights"). This concurrence has resulted in a similarity of celebrations amongst Sikhs and Hindus.
The Gujari Mahal lies within the Gwalior fort. It is considered to be a marvel of medieval architecture. The 15th century GujariMahal is a monument to the love of Raja MansinghTomar for his intrepid Gujar queen, Mrignani.The outer structure of the Gujari Mahal has survived in ana almost total state of preservation; the interior has been converted into an Archeological Museum housing are antiquities, some of them dating back to the 1st century AD. Particularly worth seeing is the statue of Shalbhanjika from Gyaraspur, the tree goddess, epitome of perfection in miniature. The statue is kept in the custody of the museum's curator, and can be seen on request.
Sas-Bahu ka mandir, or Sahastrabahu Temple, is located to the east of Gwalior Fort. Built in 1092 by King Mahipala of the Kachchhapaghata (Kachchhwaha) dynasty, this temple is one of the greatest architectural marvels situated by Gwalior Fort. It is 32 metres long and 22 metres at its breadth. This temple mainly has three entrances from three different directions. In the fourth direction, there is a room which is currently closed. The entire temple is covered with carvings, notably 4 idols of Brahma, Vishnu and Saraswati above its entrance door.
Teli Ka Mandir
Teli ka Mandir is a Hindu temple located within the Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh, India. Dedicated to the god Vishnu, it has been dated to between the 8th and 11th centuries AD. It is both the loftiest and oldest surviving structure within the fort.Teli ka Mandir combines the Nagara and Dravida styles of architecture and shows influences of Buddhist architecture.
Jai Vilas Palace
The Jai Vilas Mahal (or The Jai Vilas Palace), is a nineteenth-century palace in India. It was established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia, the Maharaja of Gwalior and is still the residence of his descendants the former royal Maratha Scindia dynasty.The European architecture of the palace was designed and built by Sir Michael Filose (known as Mukhel Sahib) under the guidance of Jayajirao.The palace has 400 rooms from which exclusively 40 rooms are transformed into Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum. Two belgian chandeliers at Durbar Hall weighing 7 tonnes each are believed to be most gigantic in the world. Priyadarshini Raje Scindia is the patron and trustee of the museum.
The Surya Mandir, Gwalior or the Sun Temple was constructed in 1988 by G.D Birla, the famous industrialist of India. It is influenced by the famous Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa. The city of Gwalior dates back to the 8th century and has been witness to some of the greatest Rajput clans like the Prathiharas, the Kachwahs and the Tomars.The temple is one of the architectural wonders and has a beautiful sculpture of Lord Surya in the temple premises.
Memorial Of Tansen
Adjacent to the tomb of Ghaus is another small white, austere tomb. This is the memorial dedicated to Tansen, a famed musician, and one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court.Miyan Tansen is considered among the greatest composer-musicians in Hindustani classical music.He was an extraordinarily gifted vocalist, known for a large number of compositions, and also an instrumentalist who popularized and improved the rabab. Akbar gave him the title Miyan (an honorific, meaning learned man).Each November Gwalior hosts a national music festival honoring Tansen and those inspired by his work.
Shani Temple in Shanischara (Gwalior) has its own importance in the temples of India. Its not only the oldest Shani temple in the world but the sculpture of Lord Shani is also special. According to the astrologers and the pandits this temple was built in the reigm of Samrat Vikramaditya and the statue over their is made of the meteoried fallen from the sky. Because the Shani temple is located at uninhabitated place thats why its effect is also special. In 1808AD Emperor Daulat rao Scindia Called a Jaagir of village “Ainti” and all the income from that jaagir was used for the maintenance of Shani temple of so called Gwalior State at that time.
Gopachal Atishaya Kshetra is situated in a fort at Gwalior. This place is famous for magnificent idols of Jain Tirthankars. It is one of the ancient forts of India and is said to be the gateway to Southern India from north. The number of idols on this hill is about 1500. The idols are all of different sizes which ranges from 6 inch to 57 feet in height. All the idols are carved by cutting the rocks in the hills. It looks like as if the whole fort is a big temple as all the idols have been places almost every where.