There are a number of excavation sites in Gwalior which portray the art and architecture of 18th century India.....besides being considered as State Archaeology sites they are also important heritage sites of the nation. Lets discuss.....
Kakanmadh too has been declared as an excavation site, it is handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for the restoration of the 11th century temple which is presently in disrepair. It is roughly 100km from Ater.
Posted On : 04/15/09 1:00:23 AM
Riya Sen Reward Points : 93800 Member Since : Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Some of the unexplored archaeological excavation sites in Gwalior include Nareshwar, Mitavali, Padawali, Bateshwar, Kakanmath and Kutwar. These untouched areas have great potential for international and domestic tourism. Nareshwar is the oldest temple of Shiva & Parvati which is across the hill. These monuments refer way back from the Mahabharata era to the medieval age. Mitawali is in the north of Nareshwar and in the east of Padawali. There is Chausath Yogini 64 temples situated on a hundred feet High Mountain. It is a wonderful circular construction of 170 feet radius on the style of Delhi s parliament house. Attached to circular verandah there are sixty four rooms and a big courtyard in the temple. In the centre of the temple there is the circular temple of Lord Shiva. Padawali was established in the period of Gupta Empire. The Gotra of the emperors of the Gupta dynasty was Charan . Gharon village was inhabited near Padawali. There is a magnificent ancient Vishnu temple which was later converted into a big Ghari . Inside the temple, thousands of miniature sculptures of mythological origin adorn every nook and corner of the remains. One can spend hours watching the beauty of the individual idols.
Posted On : 04/15/09 4:08:02 AM
Anju Malhotra Reward Points : 61200 Member Since : Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Extensive excavations are presently being carried out in these places around Gwalior and many interesting monuments have already been discovered. The Ater Fort an Archaeological Survey of India site about 110km from Gwalior was built by Badan Singh Badoria in 1701. An all out effort is now being to restore it to its former glory. Do check out the other places nearby: Shankar Mandir a State Archaeology site , Sati Mandir and Chamunda Mandir. Kherat lies 6km from Ater along an uneven but motorable road - be prepared for a bumpy ride, another site of great excavations in Gwalior. The last half kilometre has to be done on foot as it goes through a ravine. You ll have to put on your walking shoes and trudge it for half an hour. This site too is under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India. of the two temples you ll find here, the Durga Temple is recent while the other is a 10th century brick structure. The Navgraha Murti representation of the nine planets that was originally installed here has been missing since 1986. Kakanmadh too has been declared as an excavation site, it is handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for the restoration of the 11th century temple which is presently in disrepair. It is roughly 100km from Ater. While visiting any of these sites go prepared for an uncomfortable ride and take bottles of mineral water and some snacks along. Apart from the above-mentioned Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum and the Jai Vilas Museum, there are two more museums worthy of a visit. The Municipal Corporation Museum, Moti Mahal Road, has quite a collection of armoury and natural history. Open 1000-1630 closed Monday. . The Kala Vithika, MP Kala Parishad, has a fantastic collection of modern art. Open 0900-1700 closed Sunday no admission charge.
The most striking part of the Jain remains at Gwalior is a series of caves or rock-cut sculptures, excavated in the rock on all sides, and numbering nearly a hundred, great and small. Most of them are mere niches to contain statues, though some are cells that may have been originally intended for residences. One curious fact regarding them is that, according to inscriptions, they were all excavated within the short period of about thirty-three years, between 1441 and 1474. Some of the figures are of colossal size one, for instance, is 57 ft. high, which is taller than any other in northern India. The palace built by Man Singh 1486-1516 forms the most interesting example of early Hindu work of its class in India. Another palace of even greater extent was added to this in 1516 both JehangIr and Shah Jahan added palaces to these two-the whole making a group of edifices unequalled for picturesqueness and interest by anything of their class in Central India. Among the apartments in the palace was the celebrated chamber, named the Baradari, supported on 12 columns, and 45 ft. square, with a stone roof, forming one of the most beautiful palace-halls in the world. It was, besides, singularly interesting from the expedients to which the Hindu architect was forced to resort to imitate the vaults of the Moslems. Of the buildings, however, which so excited the admiration of the emperor Baber, probably little now remains.