Gwalior Fort - Palaces
There are many palaces in the fort which are as follows −
Man Mandir Palace
Man Mandir palace was built by Raja Man Singh between 1486AD and 1517AD. The exterior of the palace was decorated with tiles and the walls include carvings of ducks floating in water. There were large rooms which served as a music room for royal women.
During the Mughal period, prisoners were imprisoned in underground dungeon. During the Rajput period, the womenfolk performed jauhar in a jauhar pond during an attack or invasion. Tourists can go to the palace through the elephant gate or Hathi Pol.
Kirti Singh built this palace in the fort. He was the second king of Tomar dynasty. Karan Singh was another name of Kirti Singh and so the palace was named as Karan Mahal.
Vikramaditya Singh was the elder brother of Man Singh. He constructed Vikram Mahal which was also known as Vikram Mandir because it had a temple of Lord Shiva which was destroyed during the Mughal period. The temple has now been rebuilt in front of the palace.
Gujari Mahal was constructed by Raja Man Singh for his queen Mrignayani. She demanded a separate palace with uninterrupted water supply. The palace has now been converted into an archaeological museum. The museum now has weapons, statues, arttifacts made of stones and other materials.