Gwalior Fort, Gwalior
"India’s most impregnable fortress"
The Gwalior Fort is perched on a hilltop, near the Gwalior city of Madhya Pradesh. Regarded as North and Central India’s most impregnable fortress, the Gwalior Fort spreads out over an area of 3 square km, surrounded by 35 feet high concrete walls of sandstone. A massive structure spanning more than a square mile, Gwalior Fort houses dozens of smaller structures including water tanks, temples, shrines, monuments, and multiple palaces sheltered by thick, sandstone walls painted with bright blue accents.
The fort and its premises are well maintained and house many historic monuments including palaces, temples and water tanks. There are eleven temples to Gautama Buddha and the tirthankaras of Jainism.
Within Gwalior Fort are several Hindu temples, one pair known as the Sas Bahu Ka Mandir, feature beautiful bas-reliefs.
|Sas Bahu Temple|
Then there is gruesome Jauhar Kund, where the women of the harem burnt themselves to death after the defeat of the king of Gwalior in 1232.
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya
"Source of Enlightenment"
In Hindu religion the Lord Buddha is being said that he was the 9th embodiment of Lord Vishnu.
Mahabodhi temple is a heritage site, which is a restored ancient temple of Bodh Gaya, built at the very spot where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. Bodhi tree is the common sacred fig tree or the peepul tree. Bodh Gaya is located in Gaya district, which is around 100 km away from Patna of Bihar.
Apart from the grand statue, the temple complex consists of several places of interest to Buddha devotees like the Bodhi tree (a descendant of the tree under which Buddha actually attained enlightenment), the lotus pond and several ancient stupas. These places are associated with the seven weeks Buddha is said to have spent here.