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Sas Bahu Temple, Gwalior
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Sited on an ancient hill fort, Sas Bahu Temple is known for its delicate carvings as one of the utmost architectural achievements in the area. Notice the carved idols of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Saraswati in the doorway of the larger temple and elaborate lotus carvings on its roof. Legend has it that these two shrines were built one after another by a queen mother (saas) who worshiped Lord Vishnu and her daughter-in-law (bahu) who worshiped Lord Shiva. The name of the site might also be derived from Sahastra Bahu, which means a man with a thousand hands (Lord Vishnu). The 11th century temple was completely restored as a Hindu temple, though some had considered it to be a Jain temple. The area offers scenic views of the city of Gwalior. Plan your Sas Bahu Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Gwalior using our Gwalior family vacation planner.
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  • As for the Fort, I recommend a guide to understand the significance of the sculptures and bas-reliefs. Very nice view over the plain.
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  • My wife and I stopped by the Sas Bahu Hindu temple whilst visiting Gwalior Fort during a tour of northern India. There are actually two temples, once quite large and a much smaller one, standing on th...  more »
  • This is one of the best temples, or one of the best artchitectural monument in gwalior fort area. a standalone temple with beautiful artwork or the temple. must visit place in gwalior 
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  • Beautiful architecture Its a 9th century architecture by the name of 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.  It was named SahastraBahu, depicting a man with a thousand hands or Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was worshiped by the wife of the Kachchhapaghata's king, but when his son's wife came, she became a devotee of Lord Shiva. Thus, another temple beside Vishnu temple was built, where Lord Shiva was worshiped by the wife of the king's son. Collectively, these two temples were named 'Sas-Bahu temple', meaning the daughter-in-law and mother-in-law's temple. So if you have interest in heritage buildings andarchitecture, you must visit this place for sure.
  • Saas Bahu ka Mandir is actually called Sahastra Bahu Mandir. It means thousands of hands of God Vishnu. This temple has 3 side opening but 4rth side is closed. Very nice place to visit.
  • Beautiful temples at a ideal location. Beautifully carved walls. One can observe the whole town from here.
  • Amazing stone build n temple they built was incredible. But no worship idle inside. Can be visited to see art.
  • excellent views from this place. i had good experience. This is made of stones and the design is great."