(Last Updated on : 10/04/2014)
Mahoba District, an administrative district of Uttar Pradesh, was initially a part of Hamirpur District. Mahoba city is the district headquarters and it forms a part of Chitrakoot division. Total area of Mahoba District is around 2884 sq kms. As per 2001 census, total population of this administrative district is 708447. Administration of Mahoba District has three tehsils namely Mahoba, Charkhari and Kulpahar and there are four development blocks in this district.
History of Mahoba District
Mahoba was declared as a separate district on 11th of February, 1995. From then Mahoba has moved forward leaps and bounds on the social, cultural and economic front. Mahoba is one of the few cities of Uttar Pradesh that has played a leading role in the annals of Rajputs. It is associated in its rise and fall with the history of Chandella Rajputs who ruled over 'Jejak-Bhukti' (Modern Bundelkhand) from 9th to 14th Century AD. Mahoba is situated at the foot of a low granite hill called Gorakh-giri or 'Gokhar', an offshoot of Vindhya.
It is nearly 55 kms to the north of Khajuraho, the temple city of Chandella, and about 109 km distance to the north east of Kalinjar Fort
. Parmardi Deva or Parmal was the last prominent ruler of Chandella Dynasty
and his name is still popular because of the gallant activities of his Generals Alha and Udala. They own many battles. The court poet Jagnik Rao has made their names immortal through his popular ballad (Veer-Kavya) 'Alha-Khand'. It is recited throughout the Hindi speaking masses in the country. In 1860 AD an English Officer of the East India Company, was so impressed with the ballad that he translated it into English under the title name of 'Lay of Alha'. Another prominent scripture which has an account of Mahoba's grandeur is the Jain text 'Prabhandh-kosh' which refers to its magnificence which could only be realized and not described.
Tourism in Mahoba District
There are several attractive tourist spots in Mahoba District. Tourism in Mahoba District offers the travellers to explore its various historical and religious sites. Some of the acknowledged tourist sites of Mahoba District are Shiv Tandav (A rare statue of block granite stone in the dancing pose of Lord Shiva
), Khakraha Math, Urmil Dam, Jain Tirthkar, Chandika Devi Temple, Sun Temple (This Sun Temple is also has beautiful sculptures), Gokhar Parvat, Charkhari Estate and more. These places are worth visiting.
Sawan Kajali Mela is the most important fair organized in Mahoba District.