(Last Updated on : 19/04/2013)
Madhya Pradesh is a state of India, with a glorious history of its own. Its remnants are scattered throughout the state, among which, the Monuments of Madhya Pradesh represent as a major historical evidences. These monuments play a major role for tourist attractions in this state.
The monuments of Madhya Pradesh have been developed in different centuries under different dynasties. Each of the monuments of this state bears a different identity of its own that represents the cultural heritage of their glorious period. The monuments of Madhya Pradesh consists several Hindu and Jain temples, palaces, forts, Buddhist stupas, caves, tombs and reservoirs.
Among these structures, some of the major monuments are:
Ashoka Pillar at Sanchi
: The Ashoka pillar was constructed to the Sanchi Stupa in the 3rd century by the great Ashoka ruler. It is a Buddhist architectural construction that bears the similarity to the pillar at Sarnath. It is well proportioned, wonderfully crafted and polished.
The Great Stupa at Sanchi
: Sanchi is a small village in Madhya Pradesh, famous for its Buddhist monuments. The Sanchi Stupa was constructed during the 3rd century CE by the ruler Ashoka. This monument was constructed to cover the remains of Buddha.
Brahma and Hanuman Temple of Khajuraho
: This monument is a Hindu structure constructed in Khajuraho. The Brahma and Hanuman temple was constructed around 922 AD and was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Its entire structure is constructed with granite and sandstone. Due to its wonderful sculpture, design and architecture attract millions of tourists.
Hoshang Shah's Tomb
: The tomb of Hoshang Shah was a marble construction built in Mandu. It is considered as the first marble construction of Afgan culture in the Indian subcontinent region in earlier period.
Man Singh Palace
: Man Singh Palace in Gwalior was constructed by Raja Man Singh in the 15th century. This palace is enclosed within the Gwalior fort with the surrounding of several temples, water tanks and six palaces. It is wonderfully crafted and is also known as Painted Palace or Chit Mandir.
Apart from these monuments, Madhya Pradesh is also famous for several other monuments such as Baz Bahadur's Palace at Mandu, Chattri Bagh at Indore, Chausath Yogini Temple at Khajuraho, Jahaz Mahal at Mandu, and many others. These monuments are preserved by different non government and government bodies in the present day.