BARUA SAGAR

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Location: Madhya Pradesh
Architecture: early Pratihara style
Built in: 860 A.D
Reigning deity: Amba or Durga

Baruasagar TempleBarua Sagar is situated on the banks of the Betwa river. The place is named after the Barua Sagar Tal, a large lake created about 260 years ago when Raja Udit Singh of Orchha built the embankment. Here, atop a hill, is another of the historic forts of Bundelkhand. This is where the Marathas fought the Bundelas in 1744. the view from the fort is magnificient, as it overlooks the vast resource created by the dam across the betwa. The sandstone fort, partially in ruins, is currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Barua Sagar is also known for a beautiful temple, the Jarai-ka-Math. Built during the reign of the Pratiharas, it is a repercussion to the vigorous temple-building activity which became a characteristic feature of the Chandellas. The temple is dedicated to Devi (Amba or Durga) whose multifarious forms are represented in the profusely carved sculptures along the temple walls. The temple stands on elevated ground dominating its surroundings. The main image of the deity is missing from the sanctum sanctorum. Only the pedestal, and the jeweled right foot of a female placed on a lotus stalk, remains. This detail is traditionally associated with the goddess Tara or Mateswari. The placement of a miniature, sixteen-armed image of a goddess on the central lintel of the entrance further supports the conjecture that the temple is dedicated to a goddess. Erotic sculptures, akin to those at Khajuraho, also grace the Jarai-ka-Math.

Dated to approximately 860 AD, this red sandstone temple is a pancharata shrine of the Panchayatan type, in which the main temple is surrounded by four subsidiary shrines at the four corners. Declared a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1928, the temple is an excellent example of early Pratihara architecture.

Barua Sagar is pleasant place, and its vast water body greatly enhances its appeal.

Baruasagar Fort

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area : 4.64sq. km.
Population : 18,783 (1991 census)
Altitude : 210 mtrs. Above sea level
Season : September-March
Clothing (summer) : Light Cottons
(winter) : Woollens
Language : Hindi, Bundeli
STD Code : 0519-83

ACCESSIBILITY
AIR
The nearest airports are Gwalior and Khajuraho.
RAIL
Barua Sagar lies on the Jhansi-Varanasi route. Some trains connecting Barua Sagar are 1107/1108 Bundelkhand Exp; Jhansi-Manikpur passenger train; 1450/1449 Mahakaushal Exp.
ROAD
Barua Sagar lies 24 km from Jhansi en route to Mauranipur-Khajuraho. NEAREST UP TOURISM ACCOMMODATION Hotel Veerangana (UPSTDC), near Circuit House, Jhansi. Ph: 0517-442402

EXCURSIONS
JHANSI
Jhansi, the gateway to Bundelkhand, was a stronghold of the Chandella kings. It rose prominence again in the 17th century under Raja Bir Singh Deo. It greatest claim to fame is its fiery queen Rani Laxmibai, who led forces against the British is 1857, sacrificing her life to the cause of Indian independence.

Top View of Baruasagar FortA new dimension has been added to this historic city with the introduction of the Jhansi Festival, held every year in February-March. It offers a fine opportunity to enjoy the arts, crafts and culture of the region.

MAHOBA
160 km (via Nawgaon). This lesser known destination has several lakes created in medieval times, the famous Sun Temple, and ruins of temples and other structures built in the same style as the ones at Khajuraho.

ORCHHA
26 KM (VIA Notghat). Orchha was founded in 1531 and remained a Rajput capital till 1783. it's golden age was during the first half of the 17th century. Situated on the River Bitwa, Orchha has numerous well preserved places. These include the Jehangir Mahal and the Raj Mahal. Orchha's fine temples are still in worship, and devotees throng the Ram Raja temple, the Chaturbhuj temple and the Laxmi Narayan Temple.



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