Forts in Madhyapradesh- Deogarh Fort

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  • Introduction to the Chanderi Fort

The Chanderi Fort is located in the small historical town of Chanderi in the Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh. The Chanderi Fort is the most conspicuous monument in this ancient town.
History of the Chanderi Fort

The Chanderi Fort dates back to the Mughal Period. The Muslim rulers took a lot of initiative to construct the fortification walls of the fort. The Mahals within the fort were built by the Bundela chiefs.

Deogarh or Fort of the Gods and Chanderi Fort: These forts are on the either side of the Betwa River on the main route to the Deccan. They enclose the broken curtain walls and the remains of over 30 Jain temples, dating back mostly to the 9th and 10th centuries but Varaha temple dedicated to the boar incarnation of Vishnu, date back to the 5th century.

Below the fort, not far from the banks of the Betwa is a gigantic black-painted statue of Shantinath, one of the Jain pontiffs whose symbol, as at Gwalior, is an Antelope.

The monuments of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh mirror the impact of Mughal style of architecture. Chanderi, 34 km west of Lalitpur, was once a town of considerable strategic importance, picturesquely sited in a great bay of sandstone hills pierced by narrow passes. It was the northern capital of Malwa, an independent dominion of the Muslim sultanate. In the early 16th century it was conferred on Medini Rao and then it was seized by Babur in 1528. The monuments of Chanderi date from the 4th Century A.D. to the 19th century.

The Ghuri and Khalji sultans of Mandu left a number of interesting architectural monuments. The widespread use of recycled temple columns, a trabcated style and the small, domed kiosks found on a number of the buildings are also indicative of an early example of Rajput style.

Location info:

Address:“Chanderi fort located at Chanderi in Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh state in India is situated at a distance of 127 km from ShivpuriDistrict: AshoknagarNearest City: Bhopal, Kulpahar and LalitpurBest time to visit: October to March



Chanderi is mentioned by the Persian scholar Alberuni in 1030. Ghiyas ud din Balban captured the city in 1251 for Nasir ud din Mahmud, Sultan of Delhi. Sultan Mahmud I Khilji of Malwa captured the city in 1438 after a siege of several months. In 1520 Rana Sangha of Mewar captured the city, and gave it to Medini Rai, a rebellious minister of Sultan Mahmud II of Malwa. The Mughal Emperor Babur captured the city from Medini Rai, and in 1540 it was captured by Sher Shah Suri, and added to the governorship of Shujaat Khan. The Mughal Emperor Akbar made the city a sarkar in the subah of Malwa. The Bundela Rajputs captured the city in 1586, and it was held by Ram Sab, a son of Raja Madhukar of Orchha. In 1680 Devi Singh Bundela was made governor of the city, and Chanderi remained in the hands of his family until it was annexed in 1811 by Jean Baptiste Filose for the Maratha ruler Daulat Rao Sindhia of Gwalior. The city was transferred to the British in 1844. The British lost control of the city during the Revolt of 1857, and the city was recaptured by Sir Hugh Rose on February 14, 1858. The city was transferred back to the Sindhias of Gwalior in 1861, and became part of Isagarh District of Gwalior state. After India’s independence in 1947, Gwalior became part of the new state of Madhya Bharat, which was merged into Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 1956.

Interesting things to do:

Interesting things to Visit:

  • Shri Choubisi jain mandir
  • Jami Masjid
  • Shahzadi ka Rauza
  • Jageswari devi Temple
  • Chanderi Museum
  • Khandar Giri Atishay Khetra
  • Malan Kho
  • Baiju Bawra’s Samadhi(Cenotaph)

Mobile range info:

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station: Lalitpur (36 km) and Jhansi (124 km) on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line are the closest railheads. Ashok Nagar (46 km) and Mungaoli (38 km) also serve Chanderi.Nearest Airport:The nearest airports are at Bhopal (258 km) and Gwalior (259 km).Road Transport:Bus and Cars for hire

Nearest Visiting places:

Koshak Mahal
Impressed with the remarkable architecture of Mandu, Mohammed khilji ordered to build the Koshak Mahal in 1445 AD. The original plan of this Khilji ruler was to construct the seven-storey palace but only two could be completed during his lifetime. The intricate designs and motfis of the palace display the perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal style of art and architecture.

Jama Masjid
Built by the Malwa Sultans, Jami Masjid has imposing domes and long arcades. It is possibly the biggest mosque of the erstwhile Central India.

Badal Mahal Gateway,
Badal Mahal is a gateway without a mahal built in the 15th century. It was constructed by the King of Malwa, Sultan Mehmood Shah Khilji to commemorate a significant victory. Garnished with exquisite carvings and motifs, the gate was used in welcoming and giving honors to the kings and other prominent state guests.

Shahazadi ka Rauza
Built by the Malwa Sultans in the memory of a princess, the building has intriguing arches and geometrical designs. The exterior of the Shahazadi ka Rauza is decorated with ornate arches and a band of geometrical designs.

Parmeshwar Tal
The Placid Parmeshwar Tal rests half a mile to the north-west of Chanderi town. The credit goes to the Bundela Rajput Kings for the construction of this impressive tank. An ancient temple and many memorials built in the honor of the royal Rajput kings are also present here.

Battisi Baowdi
Built in 1485 by Sultan Ghyasuddin Shah, the place derives its name from a flight of thirty-two steps.

The quaint town of Thruvanji is located in the South West of Chanderi. The village is noted for its Jain temples that belong to early medieval period.

Kati Ghati
Jimam Khan built Kati Ghati Gate in 1480 AD by cutting the solid rocks.

Chanderi Fort
Situated on a lofty hill, Chanderi Fort was constructed by the Muslim rulers of Chanderi. The main gate of this vast Mughal fort is known as the “Khooni Darwaza”.

Buddhi Chanderi
Buddhi (Old) Chanderi is located at a distance of 19 kms from present Chanderi town. The town rests on the banks of river Urvashi. Buddhi Chanderi also finds its reference in Puranas as Chaidnagar. Legend goes that when Raja Nala left Damayanti asleep in the forests of Narwar she moved through dense Jungles and reached Chaidnagar protecting her self from wild animals. The place also has number of Jain temples that date back to 9th and 10th century.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

1.Petrol Pump
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

2.Petrol Pump
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

3.Petrol Pump

Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

4.Petrol Pump
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

5.Petrol Pump
Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh


Check out the Circuit House, Dak Bungalow and Rest House near the bus stand. Also

  • Hotel Shrikunj
  • Hotel Sadabahar
  • Shri Digambar Jain Dharamshala
  • Shri Parshunath Dharamshala
  • Shri Yugal Kishore Dharamshaladeri is connected by regular bus services with Gwalior, Indore, Guna, Shivpuri, Ashok Nagar, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Tikamgarh, Vidisha, Sanchi and Bhopal.

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Tips & Suggestions:

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:

1.Habib Ganj Police Station
MP Nagar Zone-II, MP Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

2.Police Station

Nishat Pura, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462030

3.Police Thana
Gotame Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001

4.Piplani police station
Piplani, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

5.Cantonment Police Station
NH 26, Sagar Cantt., Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

Nearest Hospital:

1.District Hospital
Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh

2.Bhagyoday Tirth
Khurai Road, Kareela, NH26A, Shastri Nagar, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh 470002

3.Shekhar Hospital
A-69, Shah Pura, Near Manisha Market, Shahpura, Bhopal, Madhya pradesh 462016

4.Govt District Hospital
Tikamgarh, Uttar Pradesh

5.Ajwani Eye Hospital
115, Berasia Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462038Society/Community Phone Number

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