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 Deogarh

Deogarh, the fort of Gods, is situated on the right bank of the Betwa river, at the western end of the Lalitpur range of hills and is 123 kms from Jhansi. It is of great antiquarian, epigaphical and archaeological importance. The architecture and sculpture of the Temples in Deogarh display a high level of craftsmanship.

Deogarh at a glance
Area 5 sq km
Population 553 (1991 census)
Altitude 211 m above sea level
Season August - March
Language Hindi, Bundeli
Festivals Jain Mela and Gajrath Mahotsav
STD Code 02904



How to reach


By Air

Nearest airport is at Gwalior (M.P) : 235 km.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Jakhlaun 13 km, which can be reached by Jhansi-Babina Passenger train, whereas Lalitpur is the most convenient railhead, (23 km).

By Road

Deogarh is connected by bus to all important centres in the region.

Distance from Ayodhya to :
Lalitpur 23 km
Matatila Dam 93 km
Jhansi 123 km


Places of Interest

Dashavatar Temple

This fine Gupta temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the earliest known Panchyatan temple in north India. The terraced basement above the high plinth is decorated with sculpted panels. The figures of Ganga and Yamuna adorn the carved doorway leading to the sanctum sanctorum. Three large carved panels along the side walls-the Gajendramoksha panel, the Nar Narayan Tapasya and the Anantshayi Vishnu-depict scenes from Vaishnava mythology. Only the lower portion remains of the spire, which was the most important part of the temple

Jain Temples


These 31 Jain temples are somewhat later in origin that the Vishnu temple, but are no less remarkable. They are situated inside the fort of Kanali on the hills overlooking the Betwa. The site was a Jain centre from the 6th to the 17th century. The temples abound in panels depicting scenes from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images, votive pillars, votive tablets, Jain images visible from all sides and pillars carved with a thousand Jain figures.

Deogarh Archaeological Museum

The site museum has a fine collection of sculpture, discovered from the surrounding.

Places of Interest around Ayodhya

Chanderi

This town in M.P. is famous for its gossamer - like saris, also has fine examples of Rajput and Sultanate architecture. A magnificent Mughal fort dominates the skyline. Among the interesting sites are the Koshak Mahal, the Badal Mahal Victory arch, the Jama Masjid and ancient Jain temples.

Talbehat

31 km south of Lalitpur on the Jhansi-Sagar national highway, is Talbehat. It derived its name, from Tal (Lake) and Behat (Village), in language of Gonds, the original settlers at the site. In 1618, Bharat shah, the Raja of Bar and Chanderi, built a fine fort with the famous Narasingh temple inside.

Matatila Dam

An ideal picnic spot developed by the irrigation department, 93 kms away from Deogarh. Water sports and a garden on the lines of Vrindavan garden are the added attractions.







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