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Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh

Introduction:-
Mahoba is the ancient capital of the mighty Chandelas. The Chandelas were great warriors and builders and have left behind an extraordinary legacy. The impregnable hilltop fort and the lakes they created are considered engineering feats and their water management systems can still be seen. The lakes includes Rahila Sagar built by Rahila(885-905 AD.), the Kirat Sagar built by Kirtivarman (1060 - 1100 AD) and the Madan Sagar built by Madan Verma (1128 - 1165 AD). Near Madan Sagar lies the famous granite Shiva temple known as Kakramath, built in the Khajuraho style of temple architecture, On the island in the lake stand Majhari, the ruins of another Vinshu temple.

Mahoba at a Glance :-

Area

8.1 sq. km

Altitude

 

Season

October-February
STD 0914

Language

Bundeli, Hindi and English


History :-
The name Mahoba is derived from 'Mahotsav Nagar', the city of great festivals, and the city of celebrations performed by its founder chandra- Verman or Nannukha around 800 AD. The traditional founder of the Chandella Dynasty. Before the rise of the chandella, Mahoba was held by the Gaharwar and the Pratihar clans of rajputs.Mahoba was the tehsil of district Hamirpur .Then Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav declared Mahoba as a District on 11th feb 1995 from then Mahoba has moved forward leaps and bounds on the social,cultural and individual front.Mahoba is associated with chendelas kings who ruled over Bundelkhand between the 9th and 12 th centuries.The one time capital is now a small town comprising of three district areas- The old fort lying to the north of a low granite hill , the inner fort on top of the hill and dariba or the betel market on the south. Apart from several lakes there are also many places of historical and archaeological interest.Mahoba is famous for Granite, but more so for its fine betel leaf (paan).