Sahastrabahu Temple/ Saas bahu Temple

Temple, which was originally called as Sahastrabahu Temple, is now popularly known as Saas bahu temple. How come?

In the ancient times, there was a king, King Mahipala whose wife was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. So, this temple carved in Sandstone was built by King Mahipala in the year 1092 depicting Lord Vishnu with thousand arms, Sahastrabahu. Hence the temple, an architectural marvel was originally called as Sahastrabahu temple. Located at eastern part of Gwalior Fort, the first look appearance of the temple is simply mind blowing. 

At the top of the entrance is the Lord Ganesha. 

The intricate carvings and architecture of the temple is something out of this world and will simply keep you captivated for at least one hour. Every carving is a literature in itself. Be it Pillars or Roof, simply magic created by our ancestors' chisels. Try to find an inch of space not carved- 

The temple has 3 stories, however going beyond first floor is not allowed. But you may see people managing to go on 1st floor only to be scolded by guards of the temple.


But still, Why the name Saas-bahu temple? After some time, son of King Mahipala got married and her wife was a devotee of Lord Shiva. So, one more temple was built in the same premises to let daughter-in-law worship Lord Shiva. However, this temple was smaller in size, looks like an extrapolated smaller version of the Sahastrabahu temple, but again a spectacular display of architecture and carvings. Perfect symmetry of the octagonal ceiling is astonishing. 

Once you are inside the temple the Ramayana inspired intricate carvings will leave you spellbound. 

Now there were 2 temples in the premises, bigger one for mother-in-law (Saas in local language) and smaller one for the daughter-in-law (Bahu in local language), In due course of time the temple started to get referenced as Saas-Bahu temple. Sculpture work on these 2 temples is almost close to perfection.

While moving inside the temples it is difficult to ignore the damaged statues and carvings. 

Part of temple is still in ruins, due to the repeated attacks by the invaders. Withstanding so many invasions and repeated destruction, the temple is still a shining example of Indian architectural brilliance. 

Just imagine the fascinating image of temple at its peak. Do not forget to click the Gwalior Fort from the temple window or from the premises.

You will come out feeling pride on our heritage and architectural acumen of ancient times. This is not all, just 1 km. from this temple in another wonderful spot, a colossus Teli Ka Mandir in Gwalior Fort.

Keep exploring Folks.

Gaurav Verma

A passionate Traveler who wants to see the whole world before hanging his boots. Always ready to explore offbeat and hidden spots. MBA + Engineer from Ivy league colleges, Gaurav is much sought after for his choice of lifestyle activities and Brand promotional campaigns.

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