Tourist Attraction in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh

Mandla has preserved pieces of history that go very well from prehistory to the Indian freedom movement. Mandla is a hidden gem on the tourism map in Madia Pradesh. Fossil parks have well-preserved fossils dating back to prehistoric times. Then there are temples of the Middle Ages. The people of Mandla contributed a lot to the freedom struggle of India. While it may not be possible to see them all if you have little time to visit Mandla, here is a list of interesting things to see in one day in Mandla.

Mandla the best attractions

Mandla Fortress

The historic Mandla Fort with the Panchamukhi Mahadev Temple at its base is a must. Mandla Fort is also known as King Narendra Singhs Fort. Narendra Singh, a Gond King, built this fort between the years 1691 and 1731. the Fort today appears to be scenic, but architecturally this site was chosen for its strategic importance. It is located on the banks of the confluence of the Narmada river and the Baniar River. Both rivers surround him from three sides, thus offering him protection from intruders.

We managed to see the sun sink into oblivion for the night. On the fourth side there was a deep gorge, into which the waters of the Narmada river flowed. It was infested with crocodiles in those years.

Today this gorge is just a narrow stream, and most of the fortress is inhabited by locals. The fort had eleven towers, but many collapsed over time. Cylindrical minarets that survived the strike of time and time are a sight to behold.

The tour time to the fort is about an hour. The best time to visit would be morning and evening. Avoid The Summer Months.

Temple Of Panchmukhi Mahadev

Panchamukhi, which means five-sided Mahadev Temple, is located at the foot of the Fort. Interestingly, the idol received the name because of the four skulls hanging on Mahadev’s neck. He is a very cheerful idol with a faint smile on his lips. Mahadev, who is Bhagvan Shiva, is depicted with ten arms, sitting on his Nandi vehicle. This is a very rare form of Shivii.

Daily prayers are offered in this shrine. No tickets are required to enter the temple, but the shrine is only open for short periods in the morning and evening. Photography is allowed. The time required for the Tour is less than ten minutes.

Temple Of Mandla

Mandir was built by King Gond Nizam Shah from 1749 to 1779. It is dedicated to kul Devi (clan deity) in Rairaeshvari Mata. It is said that before going to war, Kings offered prayers in this temple. Their idol is kept in the Garbha griha (Sanctum sanctorum). Just outside the Garbha Griha, inside the temple, along the walls, you will find the idol Sahastrabahu on your left and the idol of the Goddess Narmada on your right.

A word about the idol of the Goddess Narmada here: behind the sparkling jewels and flowers is a beautifully carved image of the four-armed goddess with the features of the Gond people who lived then. The chiseled Stones show the cloth neatly folded with Gond art, the left hand resting on the head of the devotee standing with his hands clasped. Your sitting position on the crocodile, your vehicle, exudes kindness and power. On the walls there are idols of different Hindu Gods and goddesses. It is easy to identify idols if you know the name and various characteristics of Hindu Gods and goddesses.

A truly unique feature of these idols is that they are depicted in Gond tribal clothing. The characteristics are similar to those of the Gond tribal peoples. The Archaeological Museum of the district is located 2.2 km from this temple, where you can see countless idols and statues built during the reign of the Gond. The temple is located on the opposite bank of the Narmada river, seen from the Mandla Fortress. It is necessary to take the 5 km detour across the Narmada river from Mandla Fort to reach Rai temple.

Fossil collection

There are two parks in Mandla where a large collection of fossils has been found. Ghughua Fossil Park and Mandla Plant Fossils National Park (88.6 km from Mandir) are worth a visit to explore the fossil collections.

There is a government museum that has large varieties of fossils of trees and marine fish and coconut fruits. According to the details of the Museum, The Mandla area was a sea, the fossils here are proof of this. Here are some interesting fossil images that I was able to get.

India’s freedom struggle in Mandla

Rani Avantibai Lodhi of Ramgarh raised and led an army of four thousand against the British, who had taken over the administration of their state in the Mandla region, Madia Pradesh. The British were far more numerous than the rebels.

The brave Royal victim, King Shankar Shah and his son Raghunath Shah, used their poetry to unleash a rebellion against the British in the state. The Garha-Mandla-Gondvana dynasty, which ruled the Mahakaushal region, is still known for the courageous stories of its rulers.

Locals pay to a banyan tree where 21 freedom wrestler were hanged for their revolutionary activities during the mutiny of 1857. On November 24, 2021, locals gathered to light lamps as a sign of respect for their victim. Watch this video

The place is called Bad Chauraha (meaning: Chauraha-the intersection of four streets at Bad-Banian Tree) or Ambedkar Chauraha, named after the huge statue of Ambedkar on the site.

Moti Mahal Ramnagar

Moti Mahal of Ramnagar in Mandla, Madia Pradesh, was built by Gond Kinghrid Shah in 1667. The palace is strategically located on the banks of the Narmada River, west towards the river. The palace is also known as Rai Ka Mahal, which means Royal Palace. An inscription Here lists the names, genealogy of Gond Kings, from founder Iadura to The Last King Hrid Shah. Moti Mahal of Ramnagar in Madia Pradesh is in fact a symbol of the power of the Gond dynasty. The Madia Pradesh state government declared it a protected monument in 1984.

Begum or Rani Ka Mahal Mandla

Begum Mahal, a dilapidated landmark from the Middle Ages, is located 3 km from Moti Mahal. We were unable to visit the monument due to lack of time, but the view of the structure from afar was impressive enough for our cameras to shoot. He is known for his three-story rectangular masterpiece of Raiput-Mughal architecture. The palace was called Rani Ka Mahal, which means Queen’s Palace, since it was built for Queen Rani. The wonderful black stones used to build Begum Mahal come from another attraction, the Kala Pahad (Black Mountain), which is located 4 km from it.

But I wondered why the Queen had her palace so far from the King’s Palace!

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