Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace

‘Man mandir Palace’ is another building built by Raja Mansingh Tomer.  This palace has a big vicinity, rooms and windows which enable the queens to watch the cultural programs conducted in the palace.  There are pipes to supply water to some of the rooms.  These are the then air coolers.  Narrow pipes are arranged to talk to people in different storey.  These are telephones.  There are 8 hooks to the roof of a hall. Golden cradles were arranged to these hooks for the queens.  There is also a swimming pool.  Queens who heard the news of death of their husband used to do ‘Sahagamanam’ (Throwing oneself in to the fire) in this pool after removing all the water.

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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Man mandir Palace

People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once.  Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior.  The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are

  1. Gwalior Fort
  2. Gujari Mahal
  3. Man Mandir Palace
  4. Jai Vilas Palace
  5. Surajkund lake

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Surajkund is the tourist place near Gwalior | Location Map of Surajkund

Surajkund is the tourist place near Gwalior | Location Map of Surajkund

Surajkund

In 425 bc, a king Surajsingh went in to a forest for hunting.  He went missing in the forest.  He was very hungry and asked a sage who was doing penance for water.  The name of the sage was ‘Gwalipa’.  He asked the king to climb a hill for water.  The king went on to the hill and drank water which was found on the hill.  He was suffering from leprosy and the water cured his disease.  He constructed Surajkund Lake and a mandir in between the water.  Many people still believe that the water in the lake has medicinal values.  Since sage Gwalipa lived in this area, this town was called Gwalior.   There are many more places to visit in Gwalior like ‘Saas-bahu ka mandir’, Teli ka mandir, Gurudwara, Grave of Jhansi Rani.

 

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Gwalior Fort….. Location (road) map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort….. Location (road) map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

This is very famous historically.  Gwalior fort has a history of over 1000 years.  Tourists can see very big walls and temples in the fort.  The constructions here are in the style of Mughal architecture. This fort is famous for those people who are interested in knowing the history.

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Sun Temple near Gwalior | Location Map of Vivaswan Surya Temple

Sun Temple near Gwalior
Vivaswan Surya TempleThere is a Sun temple at a distance of 20 km from Gwalior.  This is built by G.D.Birla in the middle of a big garden.  This resembles the Konark.  The temple is built on a high pedestal; it is designed with a chariot with 2 big wheels and 7 horses.  A marble statue of Sun God is present inside the temple.  The statue is very fascinating.  Beside the temple there is a tomb of Ghosh Mohammed.  This is a beautiful building.  Mohammed is a princess.  Mohammed has taught classical music to Tansen.  Original name of Tansen is Ramtanu Pandey.  He was born in a traditional Brahmin family in a village named Bahata near Gwalior. He learnt classical music from Mohammed. Tansen converted to Islam with Mohammed’s influence.  He became famous as a musician in the court of Akbar.  He wanted his body to be buried beside his music teacher.  Music festivals are organized in this vicinity every year.
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Lord Shiva appeared as self-Existent being at 12 places in India, according to Puranas

Lord Shiva appeared as self-Existent being at 12 places in India, according to Puranas | These 12 places in India are called Dwadasa Jyothirlingas
Dwadasa Jyothirlingas
According to the puranaas, Lord Shiva has appeared as self-existent being or Swamyambhuwu at 12 places in India.  The Shivalingas at these 12 places are called Dwadasa Jyothirlingams.  Hindu devotees have an ambition of going for pilgrimage to all these jyothirlingams in their lives at least for once. They are –

  • Somnath or Someswar – Somnath near Veraval in Gujarath
  • Mallikarjunudu – Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Kedareshwar – Kedarnath in Himalayas
  • Viswanath – Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
  • Trimbakeshwar – Trimbakeshwaram near Nasik in Maharashtra
  • Ghrishneshwar – Near Ellora caves in Maharashtra
  • Rameshwar – Rameshwarama in Tamil Nadu
  • Mahakaaleshwar – Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
  • Omkareshwar of Amareshwar – Mortakka on the banks of River Narmada in Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhimshankar – Neral between Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra/ On the hills of Brahmapur near Guwahati in Assam
  • Vaidyanath –Parli Vaidyanath in the north of Hyderabad/Chittabhumi in the Santhal Paragana in Bihar
  • Nageshwar – Near Dwaraka in Gujarat/Avadhgram in Maharashtra

Regarding the last three places, people of these villages claim that the lingam at their village is the actual jyothirlingam.  Even scholars are not sure about the actual locations of jyothirlingas in India.

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