Budhi Chanderi

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Budhi Chanderi (बूढ़ी चंदेरी) is an ancient historical site situated about 13 kms north of Chanderi in Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh.




Budhi Chanderi is a small Village in Chanderi Tehsil in Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh State, India. It belongs to Gwalior Division . It is located 52 KM towards East from District head quarters Ashoknagar. 19 KM from Bamori Chanderi. 217 KM from State capital Bhopal. Budhi Chanderi Pin code is 473446 and postal head office is Chanderi. Sakwara ( 9 KM ) , Hirawal ( 10 KM ) , Nanakpur ( 11 KM ) , Pranpura ( 11 KM ) , Churari ( 12 KM ) are the nearby Villages to Budhi Chanderi. Budhi Chanderi is surrounded by Khaniadhana Tehsil towards North , Jakhaura Tehsil towards East , Isagarh Tehsil towards west , Lalitpur Tehsil towards East . Lalitpur , Tikamgarh , Prithvipur , Guna are the near by Cities to Budhi Chanderi.[1]


Situated on the right bank of the Urr River, Boodhi Chanderi, Chandrapuri of the ancient past, was a large settlement of the Gurjara Pratiharas and possibly their capital.

The place was first discovered in 1865 by the Indologist and first director of the Archaeological Survey of India, Alexander Cunningham. Later, the German traveller Claus Boone also visited the place.

The site consists of the ruins of around 55 temples as well as possible secular remains, all surrounded by a fortification wall. The temples are mostly of Jain affiliation. Three of these Jain temples have come under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India and are hence in a much preserved state as compared to the others which lie in state of serious dereliction.

Surprisingly, some of the structures possibly saw restoration during the Bundela period as some of the superstructures have features of the Bundela architectural style while the temple structures below are clearly of the 10th or 11th century.

One inscription, dated to the beginning of the 16th century, has been found carved on a sati pillar which mentions the name of the place as Nasirabad, after the ruler Nasiruddin Khilji. This implies that a small settlement might have existed even during the Muslim rule and it might not have been as abandoned as it is today.

Lying to the north of the Chanderi town, Boodhi Chanderi is reached by first going 12 kilometres along the State Highway No. 19 and then turning west for an 8 kilometre long off-road track. As the spot lies within dense forest and away from habitation, it is advisable for travellers to go in a group. The place also affords great natural landscape with the Urr River and the Vindhyachal hill range.

Ref-- chanderi.org "Boodhi Chanderi"

चंदेरी - बूढ़ी चंदेरी

विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[2] ने लेख किया है ...चंदेरी (AS, p.315), ग्वालियर ज़िला, (वर्तमान अशोकनगर जिला) मध्य प्रदेश में स्थित है। इसका प्राचीन नाम 'चंद्रगिरि' था। चंदेरी महाभारत काल में श्रीकृष्ण के प्रतिद्वंद्वी शिशुपाल की राजधानी थी। शिशुपाल चेदि देश का राजा था। महाभारत में चेदि की राजधानी का नाम नहीं है। भारतीय इतिहास में चंदेरी का बड़ा ही महत्त्वपूर्ण स्थान रहा है। प्रथम मुग़ल बादशाह बाबर ने इस पर अधिकार किया था, बाद में 18वीं शती के अंतिम चरण में, जब मुग़ल वंश का पतन हो रहा था, इस पर सिंधिया का अधिकार हो गया।

चंदेरी में प्राचीन काल के अनेक ध्वंसावशेष बिखरे पड़े हैं। यहाँ से 8 मील (लगभग 12.8 कि.मी.) उत्तर की ओर 'बूढ़ी चंदेर' (या चंदेरी) नाम का एक उजाड़ ग्राम है, जो 10वीं-12वीं शती ई. का जान पड़ता है। चंदेरी से प्राप्त 11वीं-12वीं शती ई. के प्रतिहार राजा कीर्तिपाल के अभिलेख से सूचित होता है कि यहाँ उसके समय में कीर्तिदुर्ग नामक क़िले का निर्माण हुआ था। इस अभिलेख में चंदेरी का नाम 'चंद्रपुर' अंकित है।

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