Recently visited this sandstone mausoleum of a sufi saint Shaikh Muhammad Ghaus designed on early Mughal architecture. A pleasant revealation that happened during our visit was that right next to this tomb lies the memorial dedicated to Miyaan Tansen – one of the most prominent Hindustani Classical musicians and a God figure for several musicians from this sub-continent! Shaikh Muhamad Ghaus was the Sufi master of Miyaan Tansen. Also, next to the place where this great musician rests in peace is the burial of Bilas Khan, Tansen‘s son who, as per a popular legend, is credited to have created the raaga “Bilaskhaani Todi“. It is said that Bilas composed the raga while grief-stricken at the wake itself, and that Tansen‘s corpse moved one hand in approval of the new melody!! It was a unique experience to be there 🙂
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!
More info about the carvings: http://www.touristlink.com/india/jain-monoliths-gwalior/overview.html