Gwalior has a rich history of Jainism in its culture and this can be traced in the ruins of the city today. With lanes in Old Gwalior like Dana Oli having more than 10 Jain temples, we can justify this statement. Sonagir, situated 73 km away from Gwalior, is an important pilgrimage site for the Jain community. Similarly, at the slopes of the Gwalior Fort at Urvahi Road, one can witness rock-cut Jain sculptures as huge as 57 feet, built between the 7th and 15th centuries. These rock-cut sculptures were defaced in 1526 after the attacks of Babur on the Gwalior Fort but were restored later. This heritage walk will cover the rock-cut Jain sculptures of Gopachal Parvat situated at the foothills of the fort.
The walk will be a guided experience for the students to experience live sketching sessions while listening to tales and discussions on Jainism and its history, and observe the sculptures in great detail.
This is a custom walk for the students of MITS (Architecture Department) and Urbansketchers, Gwalior. The walk is not open to others.