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Top 5 Places to Visit in Deogarh

Deogarh is a small village in the district of Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, known for its historical significance. In the 18th century, it was the capital of the Gond dynasty. The rulers built many monuments, tanks and other structures which are still found in Deogarh. The river Betwa that flows serenely through Deogarh gives it an added beauty and charm. Here are some places that give Deogarh its unique spot in the tourism sector of Madhya Pradesh.

1. Dashavatara Temple

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Dashavatara Temple is one of the marvels of yesteryears with its amazing architecture. Though in ruins, it is still a beautiful structure. The temple is one of the finest examples of Gupta art with its carved wall panels and a beautiful doorway. You will find different panels on the three sides of the walls. On one side is Lord Vishnu seated on Garuda, on another side is the image of sages in meditation, and on the third side, Lord Vishnu reclining on Sheshnag. There are also innumerable other images that are worth seeing.

2. Deogarh Fort

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It is magnificent from all sides, when you look at the Deogarh Fort.  It is said to have been built during the reign of the Sisodia dynasty, in 1670. It is not just important for pilgrimage but it is also for history. There are around 100 rooms and amazing mural paintings can be found everywhere, on pillars and balconies in addition to the walls.

3. The Matatila Dam

Built on the banks of Betwa river, the Matatila Dam is one of the oldest dams in the state, as it was built in 1958. It is an earthen dam and has a capacity of 1132 million cubic metres. With many small hills surrounding the dam, it is also a picturesque location and hence a popular tourist destination.  Visitors can also participate in the water sports held here. Added attractions now are a lovely rose garden and a children’s park. It is a calm and serene place, and suited for family picnic or even a solo trip.  Another feature of the dam are its 22 gates.

4. Tigawa Temple (or the Kankali Devi Temple)

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Kankali Devi Temple is more popular by the name of Tigawa. It is one of the most revered pilgrimage centres of the state as it is believed to be one of the Shaktipeeths. The temple is also one of the oldest temples in the country. It is visited by hordes of tourists during Navratri. It is believed that during this period, the neck of the deity tilts to one side.

5. Tribal Museum

If you wish to know the history and culture of tribals, then a visit to the tribal museum near Deogarh is a must. With 14 rooms that house three galleries and two open lobbies, it is worth a visit. You will find many artifacts, tools, attires and weapons used by various tribal groups of the region.

Deogarh is a definite must visit destination for every traveler who loves forts, museums and temples. So, what are you still waiting for? Pack your bags now!

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