Jabalpur often called as Sanskaardhaani is one of the major cities of india situated in the Mahakaushal region of state of Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur is the birthplace of snooker, a historic heart of Hindi literature movement and a prominent regional education hub. It is also a major cultural-spiritual center being the birthplace of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho Rajneesh. Jabalpur is also famous for an eroded volcanic rock formations called Balancing Rock. These Vaishnav and Shaiva temples in Jabalpur were the first temples in India to be opened to the Harijan. Jabalpur is the major railhead nearest to Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench Tiger Resort. Jabalpur also famous for a 76 feet (23 m) high Lord Shiva statue which houses a cavern with replicas of Shivalingam from 12 important holy shrines of Lord Shiva all over the country. In the city, there is a museum which houses a fine collection of Sculptures, Inscriptions and Prehistoric Relics. Bargi Dam situated on river Narmada in Jabalpur. The Chausath-Yogini temple is situated atop a hill rock and approached by a long flight of steps. Dedicated to Lord Shiva.
|MADAN MAHAL FORT|
An important landmark of Jabalpur, the Madan Mahal Fort was built in 1116 by the famous Gond king Madan Shah. The fort, situated on a hilly terrain to the west of the city, provides a picturesque view of the nearby areas. Madan Mahal Fort offers some enthralling views of the low-lying vistas below. Atypical of ancient forts, this edifice does not display any ornamental artwork or sculptured embellishments.
|Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum|
Built in the year 1964, to commemorate Queen Durgavati, Rani Durgavati Memorial and Museum is a storehouse of various treasured relics. The museum is home to precious miscellanies like ancient sculptures and rare manuscripts. Antique idols of Gods and Goddesses that dates back to the 10th century are also preserved in the place. A section of the museum is completely set aside, to store objects and artifacts related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
|Pisan Hari Jain Temples/ Pisan Hari Ka Mandir|
This cluster of ancient Jain temples, believed to be nearly 150 years old, is set atop a hillock, 7 km from the city of Jabalpur. Located near the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, these temples owe their name to a poor lady. The word 'Pisan' in Hindi means 'to grind'. It is believed that the lady initiated the construction of the temples, with the money earned from milling flour. Today, the temples form a major tourist attraction of Jabalpur, mainly because of their beauty and religious connotation.
|Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath|
About 15 km from Jabalpur are located the medieval constructions of Sangram Sagar and Bajnamath, which were built between 1480 and 1540 by the famous Gond King, Sangram Shah. Their imposing stance is worth a sight. Aquatic birds like red crested pochards, coots and pin-tailed ducks waddle in the nearby Sangram Sagar Lake and add to the attraction of the place.
|Chausat Yogini Temple|
Positioned at the top of a hill and approached by a long stairway, Chausat Yogini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple, with its elevated location, offers some breathtaking views of the Narmada River and the marble-crowned landscape. This 10th century temple has deftly carved stone idols of Hindu deities, belonging to the Kalchuri period. According to legends, it has a secret underground passageway that links to Queen Durgavati's palace.
It is here that Mahatma Gandhi/'s ashes are said to have been immersed. It sites on the holy bank of the Narmada and was also the venue of the open session of the Tripuri Congress in 1939. An ancient Mahadev temple (Tilwadeshwar) is located here and draws many visitors to the place. Some of its nearby attractions include Mala Devi Mandir, Pariyat Tank, Bargi Dam, Lamheta Ghat and Roopnath Lingam.
|MALA DEVI TEMPLE|
The Mala Devi Temple was built in the 12th century, and houses a beautiful image of Mala Devi or Laxmi.