Pilgrimage Tourism in Morena District
Sas-Bahu Abhilekh reflects that "Suhoniya" known as Sihoniya today was the capital of Kushwahas. The Kachwaha kingdom was established in the 11th Century during A.D. (1015 to 1035). The Kachwaha King Kirtiraj erected a Lord Shiva temple at Sihoniya. This temple is known as the 'Kakan Math'. It stands on a spot that is two miles away from Sihoniya in the north west of Morena district. It is said that Kakanmath temple was constructed by King Kirtiraj to fulfill the will of Queen Kakanwati. It is 115 feet high and is built in the style of the temple sculpture of Khajuraho. Sihoniya is a holy place also for the Jains. In the east of the village, there are the ruins of the Jain temples of the 11th Century A.D. In these temples, there are statues of the Jain Tirthankars like Lord Shantinath, Arahanath, Kunthnath, Parshvnath, Adinath and others. The main temple has three statues; Kunthnath, Shantinath and Arhanath of 10 to 15 feet in height and they belong to the 11th Century A.D.
Kuntalpur known as Kutwar is the biggest ancient village of the Chambal valley in the district of Morena. It is just like Rajgraha, Hastinapur and Chedi of the Mahabharata period. The ancient Amba or 'Harrisiddhi Devi' temple and a crescent shaped Dam erected on the Asan River are the beautiful visiting spots of Kutwar. After the Naga period, the Gupta Empire was established in this area. The 'Gotra' of the emperors of the Gupta dynasty was 'Charan'. 'Gharon' village was inhabited near modern Padawali. Around Gharon there are the ruins of several temples, houses and colonies. This new area of population is known as Padawali because it is surrounded by several hills. There used to be a magnificent ancient Vishnu Temple which was later converted into a big 'Garhi'. The terrace, the courtyard and the assembly hall of this temple are the epitome of ancient culture. The standing statue of a lion on the ruined gate seems to say that there was a time when he used to watch the temple with his companion at the gate. More than fifty monuments of different kinds can be seen at Padawali up to the valley of Bhuteshwar.
In the north of Naresar, there is a sixty-four Yogini temple, which is also well known as Chausath Yogini Temple. It is situated on the hundred feet high mountain. It is a wonderful circular construction of 170 feet radius on the style of Delhi's parliament house. Attached to a circular veranda there are sixty-four rooms and a big courtyard in the temple. In the centre of the temple, there is the circular temple of Lord Shiva. Twelve miles away from Pahargarh in the southeast, there is a chain of 86 caves and cave shelters. They are said to be contemporary of cave shelters of ' Bhimbetka ' of Bhopal. In the beginning of civilization, people got shelter in these caves. Seeing the scene of men and women, animals and birds, hunting and dancing, as seen in the cave paintings appear as if human art flourished in the Chambal River Valley in the pre-historic period.
Leisure Tourism in Morena District
The fort of Sabalgarh is worth visiting in this district. The beautiful 'Bandh' built behind the fort in the during the rule of Scindia of Gwalior has made the whole scene most fascinating. A "Gujjar" named Sabla in the past laid the foundation of Sabalgarh. Gopal Singh, the Raja of Karoli, made the construction of the fort on high cliff. Sikandar Lodi sent a big army to hold control over this strongly built fort. Later, rulers of the Maratha Empire in their campaign of northern India again won it and gave it back to the King of Karoli. However, in the year 1795 A.D, Khande Rao again snatched it away from him. The English seized it in the year 1804-5. In 1809, the area around this fort was added in the kingdom of Scindia.
Amongst several cave shelters on the banks of Asan River, there is Likhichhaj, which has remained a centre of attraction for a very long period. Likhichhaj means a hill bending onward like a balcony. In its natural pillar less veranda there are many pictures drawn in the mixed colours of Geru and Khariya. Neechta, Baradeh, Kundi Ghat, Ranideh, Keetya, Khajuraho, Hawa Mahal and Siddhawali are other worth visiting caves or cave shelters in the district of Morena. Apart from these there are various other attractions in the district of Morena include Jaleshwar, Nurabad, the fort of Sabalgarh, the National Chambal Sanctuary, District Archaeological Museum, the Shanichara temple, etc.