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Glimpses of Gwalior
|by Dr. Amitabh Mitra|
The Gwalior Fort as seen from within.
Gwalior is a town where I grew up and indeed it was a King’s country. Strange it may seem, I studied in old havelis and palaces, which was donated to institutions for educational purpose. My friends from the royal Maratha household grew up with me and shared stories of the Family heirchy. The former state of Gwalior was formed in the mid eighteenth century by Ranoji Scindia, a Maratha chieftian.The house of Scindia remains a powerful force within the province of Madhya Pradesh and India till today. The state was taken over by the British Raj temporarily in the early nineteenth century. The havelis therefore show some British influence. Gwalior was given back to the Scindias in 1886.
There are several temples within the fort. The Sasbahu temple is one of them. It is beautifully adorned with Bas – reliefs. One can see the city of Gwalior standing from this temple.
Akbar, the Mughal emperor called it the ‘Pearl of India’.
This painting hangs in the lounge of Mrs Maya Singh, Member of Rajya Sabha of the Indian Parliament and a royal of the Scindia household. It depicts the Royal Maratha traditional “gaddi” tinged with British and Italian influences.
The entrance to Jaivilas Palace.
Portrait of Sardar Phalke of Gwalior. Sardar Phalke was a minister and a close confidant of the Late Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia. He was a Maratha Royal, loved and respected by courtiers of the Scindia clan. The Phalke Bazzar in Gwalior is a crowded locality, which hides the once glorious tradition of the House of Phalkes.
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