(Last Updated on : 04/02/2009)
Burhanpur is a town in the state of Madhya Pradesh
in central India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Burhanpur District
. The town is exactly situated at 21.3° North and 76.23° E on the north bank of the Tapti River 310 miles (499 km) northeast of Mumbai. The average elevation of the town is 233 metres (764 feet). The statistics as per the 2001 India census record a population of 194,360. Males make up 51% of the population and females amount to 49%. The average literacy rate of the town is 64%, which is higher than the nationwide standard of 59.5%. The male literacy and the female literacy is respectively 69% and 57%. Children less than 6 years of age constitute 15% of the population.
Burhanpur is well known for its Muslim
monuments, Gurudwara of Sikh Religion and the Dargah-e-hakimi of Bohra sect. Being the seat of viceroys, the city bore testimony to many events of great historic importance.Burhanpur is globally famous for its fine cloth manufacturing, gold wire drawing and other allied industries and crafts. One of the important places of tourist interest is the historical Gurudwara of Burhanpur. The place is regarded as a significant pilgrimage of Khalsa sect. The First and the Last Guru, Guru Nanak Devji & Guru Govind Singhji Maharaj of Khalsa sect had come to this place. Guru Nanak Devji visited the Gurudwara located at the bank of Tapti River (RajGhat). Guru Nanak Devji also left his signature on the holy Guru Grantha Sahib.
In this place one can visit the weapons and Guru Grantha Sahib of Guru Govind Singh Ji Maharaj.The Gurudwara is about 400 years old and counted with the Anandpur (Punjab), Patna (Bihar) and Nanded (Maharastra) pilgrimage of sikhs. The monument of Ahukhana is positioned in front of Royal fort in Zainabad. The place was famous as a royal leisure pavilion during the Mughal time. It is a landmark of Mughal architecture. The body of Mumtaj Mahal was buried at this place for six months. Another tourist spot is Khuni
Bhandara, which is in fact a system of water works constructed by the Mughal rulers to supply water to this populous city. These water works are samples of matchless construction method and may be counted as one of the glorious relics of the Mughal engineering resourcefulness and skill. Then there is the Dargah-e-Hakimi located at Lodhipura village at a distance of 2 Kms away from Burhanpur town. It is constructed in the memory of Quamili Saiyyadi & moula-e-bava Abdul Quadir Hakimm-ud-din. Lots of pilgrims of Bohra sect visit the place from all over the world.The Royal Hammam
Monument is positioned in the Faruqui fort. The monument was built by Shah-Jahan, the Mughal Emperor. In the center of the monument there is a octagonal bath place. The bath place was linked with the water system of Khuni Bhandara. The ceiling of the monument is adorned with colourful Mughal Paintings. Rajghat has a famous Gurudwara and also the Lal Deval Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.