The tombs of Mohammad Ghaus, Miyaan Tansen and Bilas Khan

As the nature sings ‘Miyaan ki Malhaar‘ this morning in Delhi, we bring to you, from Gwalior, the serenity and grandeur of the final resting place of the great musician MIYAAN TANSEN, his son BILAS KHAN (“Bilaskhani Todi” .. remember?) and his spiritual master MOHAMMAD GHAUS!

Noteworthy is the jaali work made with stone carvings, the grand royal graveyard, the Sufi shrine and also the Imli┬átree which, as popularly believed, often cured TANSEN’s sweet voice ­čÖé┬áHope you’ll like this episode of our Heritage trail in Gwalior! There’s more to come in subsequent episodes! Blessings for al!

Siddhachal Jain Temple Caves – Monoliths and Carvings at Gwalior

On the way up to the Gwalior fort the road climbs through a wooded gorge called the Urwahi valley. Facing it, and carved into the soaring sandstone cliff, are the imposing ‘Jain‘ monoliths that depict the Teerthankars. The Sanskrit/Hindi word “Teerth” means a destination situated at the bank of a river and “Teerthankar” would mean someone who enables a traveller to reach this destination. Symbolizing the flow of existence as a flowing river, “Teerthankar” would essentially mean an enlightened master who helps fellow beings in crossing the river and reaching the ‘destination’. The monolith statues are believed to have been carved in the 15th century under the patronage of a Tomar king.

For a video tour to these massive monoliths please see >> this post!

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More info about the carvings: http://www.touristlink.com/india/jain-monoliths-gwalior/overview.html