|Interior. Sasbabu temple, Gwalior, MP 10yearitch.com|
|Sasbabu temple, Gwalior, MP 10yearitch.com|
No person interested in Indian history will forget the massive Gwalior Fort situated on the top hills near the city This was the place where so many battles taken place between the rulers of states who were after expansion of their power and revenue. It was here Rani Lashmibhai fought against her adversary the East India company who autocratically took her kingdom and finally killed her. Among the fine temples such as Man Mandir Palace, Saas-Bahu Temple, Suraj Kund, etc., Saas-Bahu Temple attracts our attention because it is architecturally rich temple and whose design is different from the Dravidian style of temple architecture. Even, it does not closely resemble Nagara style temple design common in Odi'sha.'
|Sasbabu temple, Gwalior, MP.en.wikipedia.org|
|defaced wallreliefs. Sasbabu temple (big one), Gwalior, MP findmessages.com|
|Sasbabu temple, Gwalior, MP.10yearitch.com|
Though the temple's tower and sanctum are damaged, impressive damaged carvings throw light on its past grandeur and beauty. The jagati platform is 100 feet (30 m) long and 63 feet (19 m) wide, on a square plan. This three-story temple that follows a central cluster concept is a model of architectural sophistication. The entrance porch and the mandapa of the original temple remain unaffected during invasions by the Islamic forces. James Harle, an expert in temple architecture says this temple was built in Bhumija style, a feature common in north India. He cites the triple storey plan with a cruciform foundation and balconies to strengthen his theory. Unfortunately the spire - tower called Prasada is missing, apparently ruined in one of the invasions. This Bhumija style, according to Harle, is characteristic of a well proportioned superstructure, its "regularly arranged little subordinate sikharas strung out like gigantic beaded garlands". As in south Indian temples, this one has four entrance on all directions; the fourth one being closed for unknown reasons.
With notably 4 idols of Brahma, Vishnu and Saraswati above its entrance door, the entire temple has fine carvings and those on the pillars are closely related to Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism. Both exterior and surviving interior parts larger carvings of ornamentations.
|Sasbabu temple 1885, construction is on. The temple in 1885|
|mandapa entrance pillar carvings of women (defaced) Sasbabu temple, Gwalior, MP.en.wikipedia.org |