DATIA & SONAGIRI

Datia is an ancient town ruled by King 'Dantavakra'and refered to as Daityavarka in Mahabharta. The town is 74 km from Gwalior. The old town is surrounded by a stone wall, encompassing beautiful palaces and gardens. The 17th-century palace of Vir Singh Deo is a notable example of the Hindu architecture of North India. Datia has several important landmarks and is famous for the seven-story palace built by Raja Vir Singh Deo in 1614. The town is also a thriving pilgrimage spot for religious devotees. There are many temples, including the Sidhapeeth of Peetambhara Devi, Buglamukhi Devi Temple, and Gopeshwar Temple. Peetambra Peeth is a famous Shaktipithalocated at the entrance of Datia. This pilgrimage spot is located about 1 km from Datia Bus Station and 3 km from Datia Railway Station on the Delhi-Chennai main line and features Buglamukhi Devi Temple. The Dhumavati Main Temple, established by Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj, and the Vankhandeshwar temple, a Mahabharat period temple of Shiva, are here.


Places of Interest

Govind Mandir Palace

Govind Mandir Palace is considered to be one of the finest and grand Bundela architectural entities.Made entirely of brick and stone with inricate jalli work, rich murals and frescoes, and the stucco figures in the apartments. The structure consists of a series of large underground apartments of the Mughal style and its plan resembling the Hindu symbol of Swastika. The 7 floors of the palace were made to serve many purposes like there are rooms for royal guests, the court of the king, an exclusive floor for prisoners and separate floor for entertainment and secret meetings.


Shri Peetambra Peetha

Shri Peetambra Peetha is a complex of Hindu temples (including an Ashram) It was, according to many legends 'Tapasthali' (place of meditation) of many mythological as well as real life people. The shivlingam of shree Vankhandeswar Shiva is tested and approved by the Archaeological Survey of India to be of the same age as that of the Mahabharata. It is primarily a Shakta place of worship, this pilgrimage spot features Bagalamukhi Devi Temple and Dhumavati Mai Temple, established by Shri Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj. Vankhandeshwar, a Mahabharat period temple of Lord Shiva, is also situated here. A temple of the goddess Peetaambara Bagalamukhi, Siddh Baba Mandir in village Kurthara located 21 km from Datia


Sonagiri

Sonagiri has scores of Jain temples of 9th & 10th century on little hills. This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice for self-discipline, austerity and to attain Moksha (salvation or liberation). According to Jain texts, since the time of Chandraprabhu (the 8th Teerthankar), five & half crores of ascetic saints have achieved moksha(liberation) here. This sacred place is much popular among devotees & ascetic saints. There is a rock cut image of Chandraprabhu dating back to 5th to 6th century.


The Samavsharan of Bhagwan Chandraprabhu came here for 17 times. Nang, Anang, Chintagati, Poornachand, Ashoksen, Shridatta, Swarnbhadra and many other saints achieved salvation from here. This is the unique place known as Laghu Sammed Shikhar covering the area of 132 acres of two hills. There are 77 beautiful Jain temples with sky high spires, Acharya Shubh Chandra & Bhartrihari lived and worked here for spiritual achievements. They completed here some texts also. Temple No. 57 on hill is the main temple. This is vast in size, very beautiful, having attractive artistic spire, in this temple principal deity are Lord Chandraprabha, 11 feet in height and two other beautiful idols of Lord Sheetalnath & Parsvanatha are installed. There is a column of dignity (Manstambh) near temple 43 feet in height and an attractive model of Samavsharan, big in size is also here.


Getting there

34 km from Jhansi, 74 km from Gwalior ,52 km from Orchha.


Best time to Visit

July to March.