Man Mandir Palace

 Mandir Palace in Gwalior Fort, inspired by Hindu and Medieval architecture, is unquestionably stunning, made out of sandstone with lovely patterns on hued tiles. Its historical significance is quite striking. It’s the main palace inside the fort premises.

Our guide narrated the wonderful tales that described the significance of each and every corner, motif, and sculpture inside the palace.

I was captivated by the tales. It was like walking down the lanes of history, a leap into the past and reliving the stories.

Built by King Man Sing Tomar in the 15th century, Man Mandir is also known as Painted Palace or Chit Mandir.

Raja Man Singh was recognized as one of the most celebrated aficionadi of art and music. He would see performances in the music hall with his queens and admire the artists. The palace echoed with soulful music.

He is well-known for his unparalleled contribution to music and is acknowledged for inventing Dhrupad form of Hindustani classical music and establishing Vidyapeeth in Gwalior.

The music hall and the courtyard of the Man Mandir Palace are adorned with beautiful and unparalleled motifs and carvings.

These beautiful intricate brackets in the king’s bedroom were once adorned with stunning precious gems and stones but looted by Mughals. I was washed over by emotions thinking how masterpieces build by Hindu kings were destroyed by Mughals.

Underground floors were used as prisons during the Mughal reign. Akbar’s cousin, Kamran is also believed to be poisoned and killed here. Tales from the past suggests that Aurangzeb’s two nephews Suleiman and Sepher, the sons of Dara Shikoh were also executed here.

I felt overly cramped while moving up and down of the clandestine floors. It was quite dark. We had to use phone flashlight. The way to the secret underground floors is also referred to as Bhool Bhulaiya. It certainly is one!

Jhulaghar at man mandir palace
Jhulaghar where Man Singh’s eight queens spent their time swinging on jeweled swings, later on, became a circular prison that had witnessed the murder of Murad by the hands of his own brother, Aurangzeb
An agonizing atmosphere of morality and courage of those days still lingers in the hush-hush corners of this imperial palace. Though I found it really beautiful, the sadness that exuded from it didn’t get away the senses.
Kesar Kund at Man Mandir Palace in Gwalior Fort
Kesar Kund (Bathing area) later on became Jauhar Kund (immolation area) where the royal ladies committed “samuhik sati” (mass immolation) after Raja Man Sigh’s death.
View of Gwalior from man mandir palace in Gwalior fort
View of Gwalior from one of the ventilation window.

An impressive ventilation system was in place for the comfort of Queens. Top two floors are designed in a way to allow proper air and light, also means of communication with the outside world is in place.

Cool underground chambers in Man Mandir Palace in Gwalior Fort
Cool underground chambers
Secret telephone line at Man Mandir palace in Gwalior fort
Antiquated secret telephone line

Admiringly, many of the lavishly ornamented attributes still exist at Man Mandir Palace in Gwalior Fort.

Beautiful azure tiles at Man Mandir Palace in Gwalior fort
Mesmerizing brilliant azure tiles transcend the remnants of the yellow and green shades.

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₹ 20 for Indian Nationals , SAARC & BIMSTEC Nationals

₹ 250 for Foreign Nationals

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