Naya Bazar, Lashkar, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 474009, India
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Interior of Sasbahu temple
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Jain rock sculptures - Adinath
This is the top half of the standing image of the first Jain tirthankar, Adinath. It measures 17m high making it the tallest in northern India. The funny black thing of its chin is actually a bees nest that makes it look like it has a strange beard!
Muslim old town
A stroll around the narrow streets of the Muslim quarter in the old town makes a nice break from the tranquil and peaceful fort complex.
The Jami Mashid is at walking distance of the Archaeology Museum .
Just north of the Man Singh Palace lie a few ruined Mughal palaces. These include the Jehangir Palace, Shah Jahan Palace, Karna Mahal and Vikram Mahal. The Jehangir and Shah Jahan Palaces are predominantly Muslim in their architectural styles that are each two-storied with large audience chambers. The Karna Mahal was the palace of the maternal uncle of Raja Man Singh.
The highlight temple within the fort is this, the Teli-ka-Mandir. It was built in the 9th century and features a 82ft (25m) high Dravidian square style roof with Indo-Aryan external carvings. The 5m high doorway to the temple is topped with a sculpture of the Garuda.
There's a stone enscription just inside the small entrance gate that reads:
"The Man Mandir Palace, Teli Ka Mandir and two Sasbahu temples in this fortress were rescued from neglect and repaired by order of the supreme government under the direction of the curator of ancient monuments in India. The cost was met by an imperial grant of rupees 7625 supplemented by a contribution of rupees 4000 from his highness the Maharajah Scindiah. The executive officer Major Keith was engaged on the work between 1881 and 1883."
In order to visit you have to first purchase a combined attraction ticket from the ticket counter outside the Man Singh Palace. This costs Rs200 for foreigners for all the attractions.
The 15th century Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Man Singh for his Gujar queen, Mrignayani. After he had wooed and won her, Mrignayani demanded a separate palace with a constant water supply from the River Rai. Today, the palace is the host for the State Archaeological Museum.
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