Dark Secrets of Gwalior Fort!


India’s one of the diamond fort and place to with many hidden stories; it is said this fort is the oldest of all and holds the authentic culture of ancient India.  Situated on the hills of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior fort is one of the magnificent Qila of India. Gwalior fort has seen many kingdoms, warriors and invaders achieving elevation to success to their downfalls which has been captured in the dark history of Gwalior.

This fort has seen the governance of many Hindu kings and kingdoms, Afghani emperors, Mughals, Marathas and British, which no one other fort of the country in history has lived.

In the late 18th century the Scindia, who were Hindus of Maratha Dynasty, took over the governance and ruled the Gwalior state till 19th century until the British colonial government took over the fort. Still, later after the Independence, Sindhia family again held the seat and continued to rule since then.

In the Administration period of Scindhia or the Maratha Dynasty, it can be seen that at the period in Scindhia dominion, and their reign, it was spread over 60 thousand square kilometres, the fact related is that this fort remained a British post till the independence of India.

This fort has a lot of history hidden yet there are no as such cemented traces which can prove the dateline when this fort/qila was built, one can only hear myths stories connected with the establishment of this fort.

Gwalior has 1300 years recorded history; it is believed that in between 7th to 15th century, the status and iconic historical monuments were carved by the Jainism in the Siddhachal caves of Gwalior fort. 

Among all the carved status of Gwalior fort, the tallest of all is the colossal statue of their first Tirthankara (Ford maker) Adinath, the figure is 58 foot tall and is considered to be the tallest statue.

This fort is the real beauty marked in the pages of history, and one can relish the enchantress by visiting there, and not with a doubt you can till the date experience the belle of this fort. It can be witnessed that Gwalior fort is one of the fabulous work-of-art in the ancient architecture and which is spread in the area of nearly 2.4 kilometres and its average width is approximately 910 metres. The Orienting of this fort is built on the mountain peaks, and in the most parts of this fort, it is straight with the height of 104 meters.

Gwalior is counted as one of the most beautiful and glorious iconic monuments of India among all the historical building and monument forts.

The Grandeur of this fort is hidden in the palaces built inside the fort, such as Maan mandir, which is accessible for its tile work around the globe, this temple is

Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India, called this fort a pearl inlaid in the fortresses of India. This palace was built in 1486 by the most distinguished and glorified ruler Raja Maan Singh Tomar.


One thing we all don’t know about this forts is that after the attacks done by Durg, Pathans, Mughals, Afghanis and Britisher’s, one dark aspect got added in the womb of this beautiful fort.

It is believed that the story behind the Maan mandir is always covered in contrasts. However, from the outer surface, this fort looks the most astonishing palace, but once you enter through the staircases, you will see a big dark-filled smelly Hairpin vault in front of you, there are a lot of dark aspects hidden in the crypt of this qila. Many people believe that these corridors go towards hell, they are nothing but a dangerous prison, not many know what used to happen there. Still, people say that the screams of the prisoners used to come out of the palace walls, it is said that those who threatened the king of the Mughal Sultanate or their administration were imprisoned in these cellars of Gwalior Fort.

The history connected with Gwalior Fort!

It is said that not only close relatives, Mughal emperors used to get their brothers also imprisoned in these dungeons.

The Mughal emperor believed that only that one could sit on the thrown, who is cruel and doesn’t show mercy on his kinsmen.

It is said that back then there was only a little hope of the prisoner being alive. Nonetheless one can see from the traces that mostly only the dead bodies of prisoners were thrown out of the palace or even some times their family members would not also get a chance to see the last ashes.

The Mughal king was so selfish and cruel that is was very difficult for the kinsmen and the prisoners to survive in peace, on the other hand for the prisoners it was more than it was impossible to ask for a release or flee from prison.

More or less, it felt by that time that within these surprising walls of this jail, time watch used to stop for forever for the prisoner.

Take Away From The Gwalior Fort History:

Apart from these facts, it was said that the people of the Raj family used to live inside the building of the fort and inside the walls of the fort, there are some great examples of architecture of India, which are a unique example of the construction art and crafts of India.

Still, this very heart touching Qila hides the darker side too, and we can not see that terrible mystery hidden behind the beauty. Therefore one can see that history is very intriguing and filled with dark secrets. You can visit there and experience it from your vision.


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