What is the history and culture of Gwalior?
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Gwalior’s rich and glorious history never ceases to fascinate you. The incredible past of this mystifying city is set to surprise you with its every view. Let us introduce you to events and happenings, responsible for shaping the culture of glorious Gwalior city.
Prince Suraj Sen had founded the Gwalior city (the most popular tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh) in the 8th century. Since then, it has been a centre of attraction for many kingdoms, thanks to its aesthetic beauty and charm. In the 10th century, the Gurjara Pratiharas captured Gwalior which was then overpowered by the Kachwaha Rajputs in the 11th century.
From the Rajputs to the Guptas, the city continued to see changes in the rulers until Mughals took it into their control. The city rose in popularity with its link with the master musician Tansen, who was among the Navratnas (nine gems) in Akbar’s (the famous Mughal emperor) court in the 15th century.
The Marathas also ruled over Gwalior, before British Empire finaaly took it into their control in 1780. The city of Gwalior had a crucial role in the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 as the city was taken over by the rebels for some brief period. It was during this period that Tantia Tope and Rani of Jhansi had chosen the famous Gwalior Fort as their battlefield.
The modern day Gwalior city, the former state of Lashkar, was an illustrious princely state during the British rule. The city of Gwalior is worldwide appreciated for its old-world charm and is famed for its sacred temples and incredible monuments. The culture and musical heritage left by Tansen still flows in veins of this city. Musicians regard the city as the Mecca of music.
The city features an amazing amalgam of ancient heritage and modernity that makes it a popular and renowned tourist destination not only in Madhya Pradesh but in whole India. With the establishment of different educational institutions in the past few years, the education sector in the city has witnessed an immense growth. The city also acts as an industrial and commercial port of utmost significance.
Overall, Gwalior holds a lot of untold stories. So visit the place, explore the yesteryear charm and immerse yourself in magic of this beautiful state.