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Ashoknagar

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Ashoknagar

Ashoknagar is located on the northern-eastern part of Malwa Platue between Sindh and the Betwa. Mathematically the District is situated between the latitude 24.34 N and longitude 77.43 E . The eastern and western boundaries of the District are well defined by the rivers. The Betwa flows along the eastern boundary separating from Sagar District, and Lalitpur and Jhansi District of Uttar Pradesh. The Sindh is the main river flowing along the western boundary. Chanderi is famous for its exquisite and delicate muslin industry is a part of the district







Chanderi fort is situated on a hill 71 meter above the town . The fortification walls were constructed mainly by the Muslim rulers of Chanderi. The main approach to present fort is through a series of three gates the uppermost of which is known as Hawa Paur and lowermost is called the Khuni Darwaja or the gate of blood.

The peculiar name is derived from the fact that criminals were executed at this point by hurling them from the battlements above and thus dashing their bodies into pieces at foot. Within the fort there are only two ruined buildings the Hawa and Nau-Khanda Mahals built by Bundela Chiefs.

The most beautiful spot of the fort is a rest house on the northern ridge, from where a charming view of the town below the country-side may be obtained.

 



To the south West of Fort there is a curious gateway called katti-ghatti made throgh hill side. It is 59 meter long 12 meter broad and 24.6 meter high in the middle of its portion of the rock has been view into the shape of a gate, with a points arch, flanked by a slopping towers.

 



The Kaushak Mahal of Chanderi is referred to in Tawarikh-i-Ferishta. It is recorded in it that, in A.H. 849(CAD 1445). Mehmood Shah Khilji of Malwa was passing through Chanderi. He ordered a seven storied palace to be built there. Kaushak Mahal is outcome of that order. It is an imposing building of some grandeur, though standing in a half ruined condition. To the south, east and north of the town are situated, well maintained palaces of Ramnagar, Panchamnagar and Singhpur respectively. All are built by Bundela Chiefs of Chanderi in the 18th Century.





"Shri Anandpur Sahib" , one of the glorious religious place is about 30 K.M. from the district HQ Ashoknagar forms the part of Issagarh Tehsil. The institution is influenced by "Advate Mat " . The founder of this institution was Shri Advat Andand ji . He is also known as Maharaj Paramhans Dayal ji . 

The place is well surrounded with greenery and natural beauty. The Ashram is situated at near the ranges of "Vindhyachal Mountain" and is the centre of attraction for its glorious building and pollution free environment.

The development of Anadpur started away back in 1939 and continued till 1964. The institution was established as " Shri Anandpur Trust" on 22nd April'1954. Most of its development took place during "Shri Fourth" & "Shri Fifth Padshai".

"Shri Anand Shanti Bhavan the main part of the monument is constructed with pure white marble. The pillar can be seen away from this place. The "Satsang.Bhavan" is a huge and attractive place of the monument. It is the centre of attraction for the devotees. The place is a beauty to watch during the autumn season when the garden is full of colorful flowers spread all over the way.

The rest house is available for the tourist who come here from the far flung area . They get a warm welcome with free Lunch/Dinner. There is facility of Hospital, School, Post office, etc.

 



Kadwaya a small village of Ashoknagar tehsil contains a number of temples. One of these temples has been constructed in the 10th century in Kachhapaghata style of architecture. It has its garbha-griha (sanctum), antaral and mandapa.

The temple contains short pilgrimis records of A.D. 1067 and 1105. Another interesting but old temple of Kadwaya is known as Chandal math. The village possesses a ruined monastery, from a very old record was picked up which it is stated that to monestor was build to house some members of Shaiva sect known as Matta Mourya. During Akbar's reign Kadwaya was the headquarters of a mahal in the Gwalior's sarkar of the subah of Agra.

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Pranpur (Ashok Nagar District, Madhya Pradesh): Chanderi 3 km; Jhansi (road, 3 hours) and Lalitpur (road, 1 hour) both on Delhi-Chennai trunk train route: reputed for gossamer fine saris and brocades; stone & wood carving; Malwa plateau monuments.







                                                        

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