Chanderi, a weaver’s town
Chanderi, a beautiful city of weavers, is a town of historical importance in the Ashoknagar district of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at the banks of Betwa River and bounded by hills this beautiful place has been the historically very important place. This place can be dated to the Mahabharata era when Shishupal was the king of Chanderi. By 11th century Chanderi became a dominant place due to its strategic location. Being located on the borders of Malwa and Bundelkhand, the town dominated the trade routes of Central India and was proximate to the arterial routes to ancient ports of Gujarat, Malwa, Mewar and Central India. Consequently it became an important military outpost which was held as prized possession of its rulers making Chanderi a prosperous centre of cultural and economic activity.
History of Chanderi:
Chanderi used to be small village town in pre historic era. In Mahabharata era it was ruled by Shishupal. Even in the Mahabharata era it held an important strategic value. The actual history of Chanderi can be traced back to 11th century when it was dominated by Central Indian trade routes. Being on the borders of Malwa and Bundelkhand Chanderi became strategically important place and hence an important military outpost. Chanderi is mentioned in the writing of the Persian scholar Alberuni in 1030 AD. Captured by Rana Sanga in 1520AD it was lost to Moughal Emperor Babur, during this battle the Rajput ladies committed Jauhar, a site that is still revered by Rajputs of Rajasthan. In 1540 it was annexed by Sher Shah Suri. Moughals once again captured it under the kingship of Akbar. In 1844 Britishers captured it and after independence it became a part of Madhya Bharat.
Prominent Place of Interest in Chanderi
The Fort: A vast fort built on 200 meter high hill. It was built by Moughals. Its main gate is known as Khooni Darwaja.
Koshak Mahal: This palace was built by Mahmud Khilji of Malwa when he passed through Chandri in 1445 AD. Originally planned to construct seven storied, only two can be constructed in the lifetime of Mahmud Khilji.
Badal Mahal Gate: A gate without Mahal constructed to commemorate some important victory.
Parmeshwar Taal: Built by Bundel Rajput Kings, this beautiful place is located half a mile north west of Chanderi town. It has on its bank a well carved temple and cenotaphs of three Rajput kings.
Old Chanderi: the old Chanderi town has number of Jain temples of 9th and 10th century. It attracts thousands of Jain pilgrims from all over the world.
Handloom Unit: Weaving has been the main occupation of the Chanderi town people from past 400 years. The shimmering fabric that comes out of these handlooms has always been the thing of pride for the local Chanderi people.
Things to Buy in Chanderi
Chanderi is famous for its sarees. Chanderi Bagh print, Chanderi Block print are some of the famous varieties of the sarees being sold in Chanderi. The wonderful Zari work available in the sarees makes it the heaven for anyone with the taste of fine fabric. Chanderi a truly weavers town offers some of the best fabric in the world. So if you are in Chanderi don’t forget to walk inside any of the handloom store and see yourself the magic of the Chanderi weavers.
Planning to go this place via Indian Rail?
Visit www.indianrail.gov.in. / for knowing specific trains going to this place. You may book your train tickets at www.irctc.co.in/
Planning to go this place via Bus?
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