Interior doorway Sas-Bahu temple, Gwalior Fort.
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway of the Great Sasbahu Temple at Gwalior, in Madhya Pradesh, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, taken by Deen Dayal in c.1882. The great fortress of Gwalior is perched on long narrow hill that rises more than 100 m above the plain. Many palaces and temples were built on the flat plateau on the top of the hill, including the two Sas-bahu (‘mother-in-law and daughter-in-law’)temples, erected in 1093 by the Kacchapaghatas. The larger temple consists of a sanctuary adjoining a triple-storey mandapa or hall with three projecting porches. A pyramidal roof covers the mandapa but the tower over the sanctuary has collapsed. The walls, the doorways and the ceilings preserve some of the foliate decoration but the figural panels on the walls have not survived. The smaller Sasbahu Temple consists of an open porch with a pyramidal roof.