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TGIF! Here’s A Shot!

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Enjoy the beauty of a sunset! 

Enjoy nature’s farewell kiss for the night!

Sunset, Khajuraho Group of Temples, Madhya Pradesh, India

 

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A sculptural treasure trove: Gujari Mahal (museum)

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Gujari Mahal, an archaeological museum in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gujari Mahal, is a palace built by Raja Man Singh of Gwalior for his beloved queen Mrignayni. There are a few folklore attached to making of this beautiful palace. As per one, the palace was built away from the massive Gwalior Fort as the queen belonged to a lower caste (gujar, a pastoral community) and there were protests from the king’s other queens and people from his court & kingdom. As per another version, Mrignayni had demanded a separate palace with constant water supply from river which flowed in her village.

Their love story was a tragic one. It speaks about how Raja Man Singh was smitten by the beauty, innocence and valour of this simple village girl and went on to marry her amidst opposition. Mrignayni married him after he agreed to two conditions she had laid. One being the river water bit as shared above and the other being that they shall always be together whether at home or the battlefield. As fate would have it, their marriage led to kingdoms distancing themselves from the Gwalior regime making it vulnerable to its enemies. Man Singh and his lady love Mrignayni breathed their last during a battle.

The Gwalior Fort Walls as we walk down to the Gujari Palace below and outside the fort.

The Gwalior Fort Walls as we walk down to the Gujari Palace below and outside the fort.

The palace was converted into an Archaeological Museum in 1922, housing beautiful, rare sculptures and artefacts of great historical importance from as early as the 1st century. The museum has 28 galleries and 6000+ artefacts, and is known for its collection of sculptures, coins, pottery, terracotta, paintings, inscriptions and weapons. Each piece is a marvel and its commendable how they have been maintained / preserved. The statue of Salabhanjika (often referred to as the Indian Mona Lisa), a marvelous miniature can be seen on request.

What follows below is an extremely brief virtual tour of what the archaeological museum has in store.

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Lintel of a gateway from the 5th Century, Gupta Period (Pawaya) depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, and a dance accompanied by music

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Pillars & Door jamb from the 10th century

Railing of a 11th century stupa (Besnagar)

Railing of a 11th century stupa (Besnagar)

Beautiful artefacts from 1st century onwards are on display in GujariMahal

Beautiful artefacts from 2nd century on wards are on display in Gujari Mahal

Looks like one piece? But its an apt assembly of various sculptures like Sadhus (10th Century), Hanumanji (15th Century), Lintel (11th Century), Utarang Patt (10th Century)

Looks like one piece? But its an apt assembly of various sculptures like Sadhus (10th Century), Hanumanji (15th Century), Lintel (11th Century), Utarang Patt (10th Century)

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Glimpse of Gwalior Fort from Gujari Mahal

Part of the monolithic Palm capital (5th century) of Pawaya.

Part of the monolithic Palm capital (5th century) of Pawaya.

L-R: Vishnu in his kumra (turtle) incarnation - 8th century; Lord Vishnu riding his vahana Garuda; Lord Vishnu in his Varaha (boar) incarnation - 7th century

L-R: Vishnu in his kumra (turtle) incarnation – 8th century; Lord Vishnu riding his vahana Garuda; Lord Vishnu in his Varaha (boar) incarnation – 7th century

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Sati Stambh of various centuries

The surasundaris and 10th century Panchagni Parvati

The surasundaris and in the center 10th century Panchagni Parvati

Dancing Ganesh; Shiv Parvati; Surya riding his chariot

Dancing Ganesh; Shiv Parvati; Surya riding his chariot

Its definitely a must visit for all travelers to the Gwalior City and its Fort.

Salabhanjika or the Indian Monalisa, which one can see on request. Pic courtesy google search

Salabhanjika or the Indian Mona Lisa, which one can see on request. Pic courtesy google search

 

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Lesser Known: Chaturbhuja, non erotic but beautiful

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Chaturbhuja temple, also known as Jatakari, is among the Southern Group of Temples of Khajuraho.

Yasovarman of the Chandela Dynasty had built this nirandhara temple (sanctum without an ambulatory, a vestibule, main hall and an entrance porch) way back in 1100 AD. Since it was built in the declining years of the Chandella dynasty its crudely built and lacks the ornamentation and sexual imagery of the other Khajuraho temples

The main idol of four-armed Vishnu (thus named Chatur-bhuja) was brought from Tibet, is ~9 feet in height and is facing south which is the favorite location of Lord Vishnu (south facing plan is incorporated in Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia as well).

I, for sure, was simply mesmerized by Vishnu ji’s idol looming tall above!

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The temple also depicts incarnation of Vishnu known as the Narsingha avatar (part-man, part-lion incarnation). Besides the Ganga Yamuna sculptures there are images of the Lord Shiva, as an androgynous deity Ardhanareshvara, as well as the four-armed god of destruction.

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