The Sasbahu Temple of Gwalior, contrary to the name it has nothing to do with the relation between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Also known as the Sahastrabahu or the Harisadnam Temple, the Sasbahu Temples are a set of two temples, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu whole the other to Lord Shiva, both of whom are the most revered and prominent deities in Hinduism. Both temples were built by King Mahipala in 1093.
Although countless invasions and battles have damaged the temples, the twin temples still portray rare architectural magnificence until today. Spreading over 32 meters in length and 22 meters in width, the Sasbahu Temple has 4 entrances, with one being closed. The entire temple is a fine specimen of old Indian temple sculpture. If you closely observe the intricacies of the artwork on these temples, you are bound to think how on earth anyone can carve such detail into the stone.
Temple historians have derived the fact from the remnants of the present structure that the temple must have been a three-storeyed structure. The roof of the larger temple has a beautiful Lotus carving on it, which adds to the beauty of this already resplendent temple. The Sasbahu Temple architecture is the Bhumija style of architecture, which is rare to find nowadays. This temple is a beautiful amalgamation of all the major sects of Hinduism, Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism with idols of Vishnu, Shiva and various goddesses scattered throughout the temple complex.
The nearest airport to Sasbahu Temple is the Gwalior Airport which is well connected with the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. The airport is only 15 kilometers from the temple and you can easily hire a cab from the airport to the temple. Gwalior is also well connected with the rest of India via an extensive rail network. There are regular trains between Gwalior and other cities like Delhi, Bhopal, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Kolkata, and Bhubaneswar.
Gwalior has a good road network consisting of a motley of state as well as National highways connecting it to other major cities of India. There are a lot of private bus operators operating between Gwalior and other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Ahmedabad.
Visit the Sasbahu temple in Gwalior and experience the breathtaking architecture of these twin temples.
Sasbahu Temple Timings: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (open on all days of the week)
Sasbahu Temple Entry Fees: Nil