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Thursday, 7 August 2014

MADHYA PRADESH: THE HEART OF INCREDIBLE INDIA

Madhya Pradesh often designated as the "Heart of India" is home to a rich cultural heritage and has innumerable monuments, large plateau, spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in shady surroundings.

Madhya Pradesh is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal, the largest city is Indore and historical capital is Gwalior. It is nicknamed as the "heart of India” due to its geographical location in India. In 1956, this state was reorganized and its parts were combined with the states of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal to form the new Madhya Pradesh state with Bhopal as its capital. This state was the largest state of India by area until 2000. In 2000, the Chhattisgarh region was split to create a new state, and Rajasthan became the largest state of India.

Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh is a lovely combination of scenic beauty and historicity. Bhopal Tourism presents a happy mix of Hindu and Islamic cultures and combines both North Indian and South Indian influences.

Mandu signifies a love story of a Muslim Prince with a local poor shepherd girl that brings the mythological touch to Mandu. Mandu, a small town on the edge of Malwa Plateau, is surrounded by forests and has a historical significance. Antiquity and Artistry merges here and this mix is displayed by some marvelous structures and monuments like Alamgir, Bhangi, Rampol, Darwaza and Tarapur Gate. Mandu is one of the few places where the very rare Baobab tree grows.

KHAJURAHO GROUP OF MONUMENTS

The name Khajuraho, in ancient times known as "Kharjuravāhaka", is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura = date palm and vāhaka = "one who carries". The renowned Khajuraho group of monuments is one of the amazing tourist places in India. The world famous Khajuraho has the biggest team of ancient Hindu as well as Jain sacred temples, popular for their sexual statues and were influenced by the Tantric school of thought. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. Khajuraho group of monuments are broadly classified into three groups viz. Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples and Southern group of Temples.

Western Group of Temples constitutes Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Chaunsath Yogini temple, Chitragupta temple and the most prominent structure is of the Kandariya Mahadeo temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Eastern Group of Temples comprises a cluster of Hindu and Jain temples and lies close to the Khajuraho village. Parsvanath Temple is the largest jain temple in this group.

Southern Group of Temples is situated 5 km away from the Khajuraho village. The fine Chaturbhuj Temple is the most famous in this group and has an intricately carved image of Vishnu ji.

Must Go:

Go out for shopping. Relish the Khajuraho festival and Mahashivratri festival.

Must Watch:

Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Lakshamana Temple, Vishwanath Temple,Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Matangeshwara Temple, Adinatha Temple, Brahma temple, The Vamana temple Ghantai Temple, Parsavanatha Temple, Javari temple, the Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple.

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