Welcome to the incredible Teli Ka Mandir in the heart of Gwalior Fort!
This temple is not just any ordinary temple, it’s the tallest building in Gwalior at a staggering height of 100ft, which means you might need some binoculars to get a good look at it. And, did you know that it was used for processing oil back in the day? Yes, you heard that right. The Britishers took over the fort and turned this stunning temple into an oil-processing unit. How ironic is that?
But, let’s get back to the present and talk about what makes this temple so special. The Teli Ka Mandir is a fusion of North Indian and South Indian architecture, making it a unique attraction for architecture enthusiasts. The sculptures and decor on the outer walls of the temple are typically North Indian, while the building itself has a Dravidian look. It’s like having a dosa with a side of chole bhature!
Legend has it that the Teli Ka Mandir was built during the reign of Pratihara king Mihir Bhoj, with money given by oil merchants, hence the name Teli Temple. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and antarala are the prominent features of the building plan, with steps towards the east for entry. But the most eye-catching part of the temple is its raja page shaped roof, built in Dravidian style, which is rarely seen in North India.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll be delighted to know that this temple dates back to the 9th century, making it an ancient monument. And, like the Saas Bahu Temple, it’s a National Protected Monument. So, you can be sure that you’re standing in a place that’s rich in history.
The temple is an excellent spot for photography and soaking in the architecture, archeology, and history. Plus, there’s a huge green garden that’s perfect for a picnic with friends and family.
Don’t forget to buy a ticket for the Saas Bahu Mandir to gain entry to Teli Ka Mandir. And, if you’re looking for a guided tour, sorry to disappoint you, but there’s no guide facility available. But that’s okay, sometimes it’s fun to explore and discover things on your own.
So, if you’re in Gwalior, make sure to add Teli Ka Mandir to your itinerary.