Rahatgarh

Our History

Rahatgarh is located in Sagar district. The splendid Rahatgarh fort is built at a hill nearby Bina River. The Chandel and the Parmar rulers had ruled this place prior to Maharaja Sangram Shah. King Chandrashah, the successor of late queen Durgavati and Veernarayan, had to present 10 Garh to Mughal King Akbar in order to get the crown. Rahatgarh was one of those 10 Garha.

The design of the Rahatgarh fort is very special due to its security reasons. The gates are constructed like safety check post. One has to pass through many gates to enter in the fort. The ruins of security posts are seen on the outer boundary wall. The hill is high, and the specific structure of the fort allows aiming the invaders from a far distance. The fort is surrounded by thick high boundary walls where security posts are built. The south part of the fort is associated to the dreadful gulf. It seems impossible to enter this fort by climbing this gulf. It was extremely difficult to seize the Rahatgarh fort.

There are many beautiful buildings and monuments inside the fort campus. Some are made of bricks. Most of the buildings are built with stone. A pond is also available which is made by cutting and digging the huge rocks. Stairs were also made to get down to the water.

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Garha

Our History

The Garha Kingdom was founded by king yadavarai. King Madan Singh (34th king), one of his successor built Madan Mahal fort located in Garha. King Madan Singh started governing the state in around 1116 CE. This fort was inherited by the King Sangram Shah. This fort has been built on a rock. Therefore, there is no tunnel or underground passage inside the fort. The rocky mountain and the forest make it easy to fight the invaders. The Gonds and local tribes were expert in Gorilla war. The huge rocks would have very helpful in attacking the enemies.

There are ruins of a fort nearby in the West of Madan Mahal Fort. Perhaps, this ruined fort was used to keep the army and artilleries. There is a water tank built inside the fort. It seems this water tank was used for a bath. The building is built with stones and bricks.

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Amargarh

Our History

Amargarh is located in Amarpur Block of Dindori district. Amargarh is known as Ramgarh at present. It was one of the 52 Garha of Emperor Sangram Shah. This Garha was a part of Garha Mandla state till the reign of King Nijamshah. In the reign of King Nijamshah, Mohansingh Lodhi and Mukatman Lodhi from Garha came to Mandla. Mandla was the capital of the King Nijamshah those days. Mohansingh and Mukatman, both were very brave young men. Therefore, both young men got a chance to provide their services in the capital of Mandla state. They received an order to hunt a man-eater tiger in the forest of Biddi near Ramnagar. Mukatman was killed by the wounded tiger during the hunt. Mohansingh killed the tiger anyway. Gajisingh, the son of Mohansingh was crowned later as the King of Ramgarh by the Ruler Nijamshah.

Lakshman Singh, the son of Gajisingh was posted as ‘Durgrakshak’ at Mandla fort during the Maratha reign. Vikramjeet, son of Lakshman Singh was the King of Ramgarh during the British governance. His wife’s name was Avanti Bai.

King Vikramjeet suddenly got mentally ill. Hence, Queen Avanti Bai interacted with the British government to take up the affairs of the state. But, the British government did not give any chance to the Queen. It had become necessary for the Queen to revolt against the British government and for the safety of Ramgarh state. Queen Avanti Bai sacrificed her life while fighting against the Britishers. The graveyard of the Queen Avanti Bai Lodhi is located in Balpur near the Shahpur village of Dindori district.

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Madogarh

Our History

Madogarh is located in Narayanganj Block of Mandla district. This fort is completely ruined now. It was built on the top of a mountain. The local residents call it Garhi. The locals collected the stones used for building the fort and made a boundary wall. There is a sacred place of God Badadev exists inside the compound. Worship and rituals are performed timely by the reverent. Balai River flows through the Madogarh area and the soil is fertile too, so the crop production is good here.

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Singorgarh

Our History

The Singorgarh fort is located in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh. It was the safest fort among 52 Garha of Emperor Sangram Shah. The Queen Durgavati was married to the King Dalpatshah in this palace. In addition to Chouragarh, Singorgarh was also the capital of Emperor Sangram Shah. This fort is built on a hill which is not easily reachable. Ruhillakhan invaded to this fort but couldn’t conquer it. Due to its geographical structure, it was too difficult to attack here. The empire of the Emperor Sangram Shah was so large and it was spread to 52 Garhas. The prince Dalpatshah could live on any palace. But, Singorgarh was his favorite palace to stay.

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Garhakota

Our History

The Gadpahra Fort is nearly 10 Kilometers from Saugar District Headquarter on Saugar-Jhansi road. This fort is built on a hilltop and Gadpahra is called “Old Saugar”. This road also leads to Dhamoni.

The Garhakota Fort of Saugar district is one of 52 Garhas of Emperor Sangram Shah. Emperor Dalpat Shah, successor of Sangram Shah did many development works for Garha Kingdom. He ruled for about 18 years. Prince Virnarayan was crowned after sudden death of the Emperor and Empress Durgavati started ruling the kingdom. The Empress sacrificed her life by protecting her Kingdom from the attacks of the Mughal sultanate. King Chandra Shah, the younger brother of late Emperor Dalpati Shah was declared the King of Garha Kingdom by the Mughal Sultanate. The major part of the fertile land was given to Emperor Akbar to get the crown. This is how Garhakota and other districts separated from Gondwana Kingdom.

The fort of Garhakota is situated near Sunar River which was built by the King Mardansingh. The Rajput King Mardansingh ruled Garhkota during the Maratha reign around 1804 CE. Govind Rao Trimbak and Maalji Ahirrao invaded Garhakota. King Mardansingh died in this battle. The Garhakota fort was demolished during the rebel of 1857-58. But the beautiful architecture of Chandni and walls are telling the story of its glorious past. The entry gate of this fort is built using the stones which seems to be too old construction. Bricks are used for building the inner parts of the fort and it looks like recent architecture.

How to reach Garhakota Fort.

The Garhakota fort is located about 55 Kilometer far from the Saugar district headquarter and on the M.P. State Highway-14. Another route connects Saugar District to Garhakota via Rahli Tahsil and this route is about 60 Kilometers long.

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Gadpahra

History of Gadpahra Fort

It was one of the 52 Garhas of the Emperor Sangram Shah. Dangi Rajpoots seized this district after death of the Emperor. But this Gadpahra district was again conjoined to Garha Kingdom prior the reign of the 57th ruler King Narendra Shah. Abdul Rahman and Abdul Hazi, son of Pahadsingh of same dynasty invaded Garha Mandla with the help of Royal Army and tried seizing the throne. The young King Narendra Shah asked for help from King Chhatrsal Bundela of Orchha and Bakht Buland Shah to defeat the enemies. Bakht Buland Shah killed Abdul Rahman, Abdul Hazi and Azim Khan in the battle of Gangai before the armed force of the King Chhatrasal Orchha reached. Gadpahra, Hata, Rahli, Khimlasa and Damoh Forts were given to Chhatrasal and Bakht Buland Shah received Chourai, Dongartal and Ghunsar/Ghansor Forts in return of the help.

Gadpahra Fort is situated on a hilltop nearby the National Highway-26 in Saugar District. A very famous Hanuman Temple is built in the entry gate of the fort. After walking little distance inside the fort campus, a fabulous Sheeshmahal is located. This Sheeshmahal palace is designed like a temple. The main fort of Gadpahra divided in 2 parts. Both the parts contain many rooms which are built with stone cross girders on roof top. The stones used in this palace are engraved. The ruins are available of the splendid palace at present. The fort campus and the view of the surroundings are eye-catching from the rooftop of the palace.

It is said that a female Acrobat died during an accident while performing a stunt from this fort. A monument was built to the place where the Acrobat died after falling from the rope. This monument is still available near the National Highway. People say, the spirit of male and female Acrobat still haunts in this palace.

How to Reach Gadpahra Fort

The Gadpahra Fort is nearly 10 Kilometers from Saugar District Headquarter on Saugar-Jhansi road. This fort is built on a hilltop and Gadpahra is called “Old Saugar”. This road also leads to Dhamoni.

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Dhamoni Garha

History of Dhamoni Fort

Dhamoni Fort was one of the 52th Garhas of the Emperor Sangram Shah. It remained the part of the Garha Mandla Kingdom during the reign of the King Narendra Shah. Pahadsingh, son of Harisingh of this dynasty revolted and tried seizing the throne. In this situation, Narendra Shah had to offer 5 Garhas to Emperor Aurangzeb of Delhi in order to get the Accreditation Letter. Dhamoni Fort was one of those 5 Garhas. King Chhatrasal Bundela of Orchha fought the Mughals and seized Dhamoni.

There is a huge fort situated in the east of the Dhamoni Village which is almost 1 Kilometer far. The fort campus is so large and the site is eye-catching. The fort campus is spread in nearly 1 Square Kilometer. There are some beautiful buildings built inside the fort campus which are turning to ruins. An old and large Muslim Cemetery is also situated in front of the North gate of this fort. Engraved stones were used to build these graveyards.

How to Reach Dhamoni Fort

Dhamoni Village is located in Banda Tahsil of Sagar/Saugar District. This village is situated in the East direction from the District Headquarter. After traveling approximately 39 Kilometers on the Saugar to Banda road, a road divides from Behrol Village which leads to Dhamoni Village. Dhamoni Village is about 14 Kilometer far from Behrol Village.

Another way to reach Dhamoni Village is Saugar- Malthon Road (state highway 44). A road diverts from Barodiya Village which is located near the State Highway 44 and about 48 Kilometers from Saugar City. Dhamoni village is 18 Kilometer far from Barodiya Village.

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