-- Gwalior, a Gorgeous City --

  By : Sanmiti Holkar  [on Tue, 29-Mar-2011]    Destination : Gwalior
There are rock sculptures in Gwalior. These rock sculptures are Jain rock sculptures. Babar was a Mughal emperor and his army defaced and castrated these Jain sculptures. The Jain sculptures are the sculptures of the Jain teachers. Some of these Jain sculptures have been restored, but even then one can make out that these have been restored, because there is a difference in the colour of the face and the body. There is also a 17 meter high statue of Adinath, who was the first Jain tirthankar. There is no admission fee to see the Jain sculptures and these are also a must visit destination in Gwalior. Gwalior also has a cenotaph of Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana. It lies on the northern end of the Gwalior fort. Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana lived from 1707 to 1756. Bhim Singh Rana was the most powerful ruler of Gohad state in Madhya Pradesh. Later Gohad state became a Jat state. The jat rulers of Gohad were given the title of Rana. Maharaja Bhim Singh Rana was very ambitious. There was a fierce battle between Bhim Singh Rana’s army and the Marathas, to conquer the Gwalior fort. Bhim Singh Rana’s army was the jat army. The jats won the battle and conquered the Gwalior fort. Bhim Singh Rana occupied the Gwalior fort from 1740 to 1756. Bhim Singh Rana’s successor built the monument in Bhim Singh Rana’s memory.
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