Mahoba is the ancient capital of the mighty Chandelas. The Chandelas
were great warriors and builders and have left behind an extraordinary
legacy. The impregnable
hilltop fort and the lakes they created are considered engineering
feats and their water management systems can still be seen. The
lakes includes Rahila Sagar built by Rahila (885-905 AD.), the
Kirat Sagar built by Kirtivarman (1060 - 1100 AD) and the Madan
Sagar built by Madan Verma (1128 - 1165 AD). Near Madan Sagar
lies the famous granite Shiva temple known as Kakramath, built
in the Khajuraho style of temple architecture, On the island in
the lake stand Majhari, the ruins of another Vinshu temple. There
is an old Chandela fort known as Quila Mismar, Maniya Devi temple
and the Dargah of Muslim saint from Arbia, who sattled in 1252
AD are to be visit fort area. Mahoba also two famous Chandela
period tanks Ram Kund and Suraj Kund lined with granite slabs
in a reserve pyramid shape. The town is also known excellent varieties
of paan (betal leaves) which are despatched to all over the country.
Mahoba is 140 km from Jhansi and associated with the Chandela
kings who ruled over Bundelkhand between the 9th and the 11th
centuries. The Chandelas, who are best remembered for the now
world-famous temples they built at Khajuraho, were also great
warriors. Mahoba was also a great cultural centre. Ballads praise
its days of glory and narrate the inspiring saga of Alha and Udal,
two brothers who sacrificed their lives for the honour of their
: 8.1 sq. km.
Season : October-February.
Clothing : Summer - Cottons; Winters - Woolens.
Language : Hindi, Bundeli.
Festivals : Sawan Kajali Mela.
STD Code : 0914
Khajuraho : It is 61km. This place has world-famous temples,
built between 950 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandelas. Only 25 temples
survive, but they are masterpieces of architecture. Dedicated
to the Lord Shiva, these temples celebrate the human form and
mans spiritual and physical aspects.
Kalinjar : It is 109km from Mahoba. Famous for its mighty
fort, which was of great importance between the19th and 15th centuries.
Among the remains within the fort is Raja Aman Singh Palace which
is being converted into a museum to house the fine and rare sculptures
found at the site. Other places of interest within the fort include
the Neelkantha Temple, Sita Sej, Patal Ganga, Pandu Kurd, Koti
Tirth and Bhairon Ki Jhariad.
Chitrakoot : It is 127 km. Celebrated in ballads and the
scriptures for its natural beauty and closely associated with
the epic Ramayana, Chitrakoot is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage.
Lord Rama and Sita are believed to have spent their 14-years exile
here. The town is situated on the banks of the river Mandakini,
the ghats of which are lined with numerous temples.
Manaiya Devi Temple : This is the temple of the tutelary
deity of the Chandelas and stands on the shores of Madan Sagar,
near the fort. In front of it is a monolithic granite, pillar,
18 ft. high and 1.75 ft wide at the base. The shrine of Pir Mubarak
Shah, a Muslim saint who came from Arabia in 1252 AD.
Kakramath Temple : This well-preserved granite temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva is located at the Madan Sagar, Its basic plan is
similar to the temples of Khajuraho. the Madan Temple dedicated
to Lord Vishnu.
Sun Temple at Rahila Sagar
This 9th century granite Sun Temple lies to the west of Rahila
Sagar, built by Chandela ruler Rahila who ruled between 890 and
910 Ad. Though in a ruined state today, it still stands as the
finest example of early Pratihara architecture in the area.
Vijay Sagar Pakshi Vihar
5 km from town, this picturesque bird sanctuary has been developed
on the shores of Vijay-Sagar, built by Vijay Pal Chandela (1035-1060
Air : The nearest airport is Khajuraho (65km).
Rail : Mahoba is connected by broad gauge railway lines
with Gwalior, Delh, Mumbai
Road : Mahoba is connected by road to all major cities.
State highway also passes through Mahoba. Some major road distances
Chitrakoot : 125 km.
Kanpur : 155 km
Lucknow : 240 km
Kalinjar : 130 km
Allahabad : 245 km