(Last Updated on : 05-02-2016)
Datia Palace which is also known as Bir Singh Palace is a palace of highest architectural designs and engineering which is the royal abode of founder of the Datia
State in Bundelkhand.
Location of Datia Palace
Datia Palace is situated nearly 75 km from Gwalior State in Madhya Pradesh. The princely State of Datia was an erstwhile state that was located in the Bundelkhand region, established in 1626. The Rajputs
of the Bundela dynasty were the ruling family, who descended from one of the sons of a former raja of Orchha. Datia state was administered as a division of the Bundelkhand Agency
of Central India. The territory was situated in the extreme north west of Bundelkhand near Gwalior
Architecture of Datia Palace
Datia Palace is built up of seven floors. However neither member from the royal family did ever lived here. The founder of the Datia State in Bundelkhand, Maharaj Birsingh Deo build many such fifty two monuments all around Gwalior. It represents Mughal architecture along with Rajput architecture. It is the biggest and most famous of all the 52 palaces build by Raja Birsingh Deo and it can be seen easily from a long distance. The palace mainly has four quadrangular parts with a "Mandap" or the main centre on the central point of the Palace. It is totally made using stones and neither wood nor iron is used in this whole palace.
Cost of Making Datia Palace
Datia Palace was made by spending 35 lakh rupees and it took nine years to build it. It is situated on an isolated rock on the western side of the Princely State of Datia
Domes in Datia Palace
The eastern part of Datia Palace is most beautiful and the domes contain beautiful pictorial drawings and windows are beautifully carved out of stones. The central domes and the other two tombs form an incredible view. The central dome has Lord Ganesha
's Temple inside and there is Lord Durgas temple on both the entrances of the palace. On the first part of the main entrance there is a temple of the main house deity of Bundels and one the second part there's a Dargah.
Threats of Datia Palace
Datia Palace was partially destroyed by a 1985 cyclone. The Cyclone destroyed some parts of the palace but still Datia Palace is one of the most beautiful places to visit for those who are really interested in Mughal Architecture
and Rajputana architecture and their beauty.