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Sas and Bahu temples
Sas and Bahu temples
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Gwalior
Building(s)

1093

Relationship with : Vishnu
Area related : Gwalior

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In the 10th century, with the control of the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty of Gwalior declining, a regional dynasty called the Kachchhapaghatas started wielding power.
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During their rule they built several monuments, which included two temples known by the name the "Sas-Bahu temple" (meaning: "mother-in-law and daughter-in-law"). One small (Bahu) and one large (Sas) (both are seen but in ruins, but the smaller one is more elegant and better preserved) located adjacent to each other. These temples were initially dedicated to Vishnu. An inscription on the larger of the two temples records its building date to 1093 AD. A unique architectural feature of these pyramidal shaped temples built in red sandstone is that they have been raised several stories high solely with the help of beams and pillars, and with no arches having been used for the purpose. The main Sas temple looks dauntingly sturdy. The stylistic smaller Bahu temple is a replica of the larger temple.


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