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#3 of 6 Things To Do in Chitrakoot
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Bundelkhand, Banda district, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Around 3 to 4 hours

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Standing close to the World Heritage site of Khajuraho, the fort is located on the Vindhya mountain range. Built on an isolated rocky hill, Kalinjar fort soars up to a height of 1203 ft, overlooking the Bundelkhand plains. Dating as far back as 150 to 250 CE, this fort can be counted amongst the oldest forts in the country. It served many ruling dynasties in the region, from Guptas to Solankis to the Chandela dynasty.


The antiquity of the fort is proved by the scripted mention of this fort in the Mahabharata. The word ‘Kalinjar means - ‘destroyer of time’. The exact origin of the fort is still a mystery, though rock edicts testify that the fort might have been built by Bargujar Kings. Kalinjar fort has witnessed many major historical incidents like, the failed besiegement of the fort planned by Ghazni, the successful conquest of the fort by Babar, the death of Sher Shah Suri and the battle against the British during the Sepoy Mutiny.


The ancient aura of the fort affords it a very mystic quality and is an ideal place for spending some quiet time with oneself. One entering the fort one is able to appreciate the creative imagination of the Bargujar kings in the massive rock cut sculptures, temples and other fine works of art. In the western part of the fort, stands an ancient Shiva temple. Entering through the cave like opening, one is immediately awestruck by the huge Shivalingam, just above which lies a natural water source that constantly drips water on the lingam. The neck of the Shiva statue here, mysteriously remains moist to touch. Close to this Neelkanth Mahadev temple, there are other rock cut statues of various Gods and Goddesses.


The palace of Aman Singh is another example of marvellous architecture. There are many interesting legends associated with the palace which retell the colourful history of the Chandela dynasty. Thousands of sandstone images and rich carvings, though withered and broken, are nonetheless quite arresting. Apart from the palace, you would come across many life size images of the holy trinity. There is a belief that the ‘pond of million tirthas’ located here, has the power to cure numerous skin diseases. There are many other ponds scattered around the premises.


Though cemented roads have been built for convenient access to the fort, the real adventure lies in walking on the old beaten track on rocky terrains and passing by the seven magnificent entrance gates, which are still testament to the invincibility of the Kalinjar fort.

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