A city of lost glories

A city of lost glories

Gems of Jabalpur

The rich legacies of the imperial splendour, the huge marble rocks and the magnificence of River Narmada has always fascinated tourists from across the world. Over the years, Jabalpur has preserved the spirit of bygone days.

In the 12th century, Jabalpur was the capital of Gond rulers and thereafter, this place was ruled by the Kalchuri kingdom. They worked meticulously to dress Jabalpur with religious, historical and secular edifices of incomparable excellence. The surviving monuments of this alluring town mark the evolution of an interesting style of architecture. The ancient temples belonging to 12th century are known for their historical splendour, as they are for their sacredness. The Pisan Hari Jain Temple, situated on top of the hill, is estimated to be 150 years old.

The name ‘Jabalpur’ is derived from the word jabal, which is the synonym for rock. What soothes one’s eyes on reaching this splendid destination are scenic views from vantage points. A half-an-hour drive will take you to Dhuadhar waterfall at Bheraghat. It is an exhilarating tourist attraction situated around 20 km away from the main town. The main cascade is formed by several streams about 200 metres high. The depth of the gushing Narmada river, flowing amidst these rocks, is around 1,000 ft. And on one side of the river, there are statues of 64 sages believed to be 1,000 years old.

Next on our schedule was the Madan Mahal. Known for its simplicity of style and proportion, it is a magnificent edifice recalling the glory of Raja Madan Singh. It was built in the year 1116 and was the residence of Queen Durgawati. There is a fine massive gateway at the western edge of the palace and on both sides of the gate are pretty ornamental designs.

The palace beautifully depicts a melange of architecture.We moved on to the city bazaar. Jabalpur is a land of enduring heritage. Bazaars overflow with precious and semi-precious stones and exquisitely delicate carved objects in marble. The age-old crafts of the city have been well-preserved in their variegated and distinct forms from generation to generation.

The city’s best known landmark is Queen Durgawati’s museum, which showcases the queen’s private collection. The halls are filled with rare paintings, statues, jewellery, armour, precious stones and manuscripts. Remarkable among these are miniature inscriptions, priceless collection of jade, ivory, bronze and coins and textiles belonging to pre-historic times.

Apart from this, one can also go for a swim or hire a boat in Lamhaghat, Gaurighat and Tilwaraghat. These locales present nature in its gorgeous colour with calm atmosphere and exhilarating morning breeze that welcomes everyone. The best season to visit Jabalpur is between October and March.