• Tanya Mittal


Updated: Jun 9, 2020

"Teli Ka Mandir" sounds as an unusual term, but it has several theories behind its name. According to one of the legends, Rashtrakuta Govinda III seized the Gwalior Fort He handled the service of religious ceremonies and rituals to Telang Brahmins and as a result of this, the temple acquired its name. Another legend says that oil merchants or the men of Teli Caste took the initiative of temple's construction. Due to it, the temple got its name. The third speculation reveals that name is linked with Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. This revelation also approves with the synthesis of Dravidian and North Indian architectural styles.Gwalior is one of the important destinations of the country and is replete with beautiful places. Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior is one of the favored destinations in the city of Gwalior. It is the tallest and the most impressive temple in the Gwalior Fort. It is an amalgamation of northern and southern architectural styles. Situated in the city of Gwalior, Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior has a special position in the tourism map of the country.

Gwalior city houses an illustrious fort called the ‘pearl in the necklace of the castles of Hind’, within the precincts of which the Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior is situated. The place was an ancient seat of Jain worship and has one of the best fortresses of the Hindu period. The region was earlier known as Gopasetra from where Gwalior came into being.

Elevating to the height of 100 feet, Teli Ka Mandir is the tallest and most stunning temple in the confines of the Gwalior Fort. The temple is actually dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of his mount, Garuda. The colossal image of 'Garuda' (Mount of Lord Vishnu) is the major attraction of Teli Ka Mandir. This unusual image makes the circlet of the doorway, the highest structure in the Gwalior Fort.


Tallest - Stunning - Temple - Gwalior The temple has the marvelous architecture of the Rajputana style. The structure of the temple depicts a perfect fusion of the northern and southern architectural styles of India. The 'shikhar' (spire) of the temple is undeniably Dravidian in its style, whereas the ornamentation is done in the Nagara style which is specific to North India. Unlike other temples, Oilman's Temple doesn't have any 'mandap' or pillared hall. The temple comprises a sanctum which is accompanied by a porch and a doorway.

The porch and the doorway of the temple are imprinted with elaborate carvings. The devottees can trace figures of amorous couples, coiled serpents, gods and goddesses on the doorway. The central position on this particular doorway is dominated by the figure of flying Garuda. The weird and wonderful arrangement of two architectural wonders attracts countless devotees throughout the year. Teli Ka Mandir in Gwalior boasts about the heritage and rich culture of India.

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