Teli-ka-Mandir, Gwalior

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Another temple within the Gwalior fort complex. This is the oldest surviving Hindu temple within the fort.

Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and it dates back to 9th century AD.

One striking feature of this ancient temple is its architecture: a mixture of both Dravida and Nagara style of both South and Northern India respectively. The roof of the temple is definitely Dravidian in style and the delicate ornamentation is visibly Nagara in style.

The name Teli-ka mandir literally means Oil man’s temple. No one is sure about how the name originated. But many believe that it is due to the fact that when the temple fell in ruins in the past it was maintained by the people of Teli caste. This caste is traditionally oil traders of the region.

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