Jain is the Name


There’s not much to do in Gwalior. Next to nothing actually. It’s one of those jumping points to bigger and better places in central India, for travelers en route to the Agra and the Taj Mahal or Khajuraho bound to see the erotic temples.

Like most other Indian cities, Gwalior has a fort overlooking the old city. The walls of the fort palace, Man Singh Palace, have little blue ducks waddling around its edges.

One striking feature of this backwater hub are the Jain statues carved into the rock face leading up to the fort. Various buddhas sitting in the lotus position or watching over the area greet visitors on their walk or drive to the fort entrance. Numbering in the hundreds, the smallest carvings are the size of a baseball — the largest are about 57 feet tall.

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