The unique, historical and popular Saas Bahu Temple in Gwalior was built in 1092 AD by King Mahipala of the Kachchhwaha dynasty. Possessing the length and width of respectively 32 and 22 meters, the temple has an inimitable architecture with its doorway having carved idols of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Its three gateway face three different directions while a room opens towards the fourth direction.
The name of the Saas Bahu Temple is derived from the word “Sahastrabahu”, which literally means a man with a thousand hands (Lord Vishnu). The adjacent templesof Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are also called Saas Bahu Temple as both were built to please two ardent devotees respectively, the wife and daughter-in-law in law of the king of Kachchhwaha dynasty. What’s more, in terms of architecture, both the temples are similar.
The Saas Bahu Temple is known for their vivid carvings and elaborated structure, which make it an architectural perl of the time. Visitors to the temple area can get picturesque views of the Gwalior city. Since the temple is near the eastern wall of the Gwalior Fort, visitors to the majestic fort can walk up here and revel in the art and history for sure.