Sasbahu temple in Gwalior is a combination of two adjacent temples. They are located near the eastern wall of the Gwalior fort. The largest temple was built in the 11th century by King Mahipala. The main deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu. The lord is known as Sahastrabahu, which means the one having many hands. The name Sahastrabahu gradually was changed into Sas Bahu. The smaller temple was built on the artistic lines of the first later. Sasbahu temple is noted for its architectural beauty. The doorway offers you the view of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Shiva is the destroyer. The most amazing feature of this temple is that it features the stone carved three storied building, which is raised without arches. The intricately carved pillars give support to the building. The beautiful stairwell adds to the charm of this temple.
The temple is raised on platform and has a two story vestibule that gives access to the three story hall. You may not be able to take your eyes off the intricate stone works in the body and pillars of this temple. The graceful figures scripted on the wall express the architectural skills of the 11th century sculptors. It is a great place to offer your worship too. The small temple of the Sasbahu temple in Gwalior looks more elegant than the larger one, but it does not have the sheer magnificence of the larger temple.
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