Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Year 1968 Bandhavgarh was declared a national park. It was created with an area of 105 km².
Bandhavgarh has been a centre of human activity for over 2000 years. There are references to it in the ancient books – the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Shiva Purana. Lord Ram stopped at Bandhavgarh on his way back to Ayodhya after defeating the demon King Ravana of Lanka. Two monkey architects, who had engineered a bridge between the isles of Lanka and the mainland, are said to have built Bandhavgarh’s fort. Later Lord Ram handed it over to his brother Lakshman who became as Bandhavdhish & known as The Lord of the Fort. Lakshman is the particular God of the fort and is regularly worshipped in a temple there.
The oldest sign of habitation in the park are caves dug into the sandstone to the north of the fort. Several contain Brahmi inscriptions dating from the 1st century B.C. Various dynasties have ruled the fort, for example, the Maghas from the 1st century A.D., the Vakatakas from the 3rd century A.D., From that time onwards Bandhavgarh was ruled by a succession of dynasties including the Chandela Kings of Bundelkhand who built the famous temples at Khajuraho. The Baghel Kings, the direct ancestors of the present Royal family of Rewa, established their dynasty at Bandhavgarh in the 12th century.
How to Reach
The nearest airports are Khajuraho and Jabalpur.
Bandhavgarh can be reached from a number of railway stations near Bandhavgarh-Jabalpur (170 kms), Katni (102 kms), Satna (112 kms) on the central railway and Umaria (35kms) on the southeastern railway.
Bandhavgarh from Jabalpur (3-4 hrs), Satna (3.5hrs), Katni (2.5), Kanha (7hrs), Katni (2.5hrs) and Khajuraho (6hrs). Bandhavgarh is located equidistance from the city of Jabalpur and world famous tourist spot of Khajuraho. Both state and private transport buses ply between all these places and Bandhavgarh.
Address – Village Tala, District Umaria, Bandhavgarh National Park – 484661 Madhya Pradesh, India
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