Chanderi is the historical town situated in Madhya Pradesh which is 127 km from Shivpuri. The town is famous for its rich history, religious history, and Chanderi cotton saree.
Archaeological Museum Chanderi
The museum has a collection of rich history, mystic history, and religious history of both Jain and Hindu, which are organized into 5 galleries. The 5 galleries were were the History of Chanderi Gallery, Vaishnava Gallery, Jaina Gallery, Shaiva & Shakta Gallery, and Anandam Gallery, of which Vaishnava and Jaina galleries represent the history of religion.
The Chanderi gallery represent the history of Chanderi religion-paintings, sculptures, coins, poetry, tools (paleolithic & Neolithic), and other objects related to Chanderi and and its surroundings.
The two religious gallery, the Vaishnava gallery and Jaina gallery, represent the Hindu and Jain religion respectively. The Vaishnava gallery is the most famous gallery in the museum and is also known as the Lord Vishnu gallery, representing the different avatars of Lord Vishnu in portraying throughout Hindu religion history.
The Jaina gallery shows the remains of Jain temple and presents the different stages of the growth of the Jain religion. The gallery showcase the magnificent sculptures of 24 Tirthankaras, mainly of Lord Mahavir (24th Tirthankara), Lord Rishabh Nath (1st Tirthankara), Lord Parsvanatha (23rd Tirthankara), and many others.
Chanderi fort is another eminent structure that showcases the rich history of the city and the sacrifices of the King and the Queen. The Fort is situated on the border of Malwa and Bundelkhand regions and hence become the major town for trade routes under the Mughal Rule.
The fort mainly has three entrances: the Khooni Darwaza which is main entrance of the fort, secondly the Khati Ghati, and lastly the largest gate in the fort is Hawa Pur.
Chanderi – Jain Religion
Chanderi is famous for its ancient Jain temples and is the hub of Jainism. In Chanderi, you may see a glimpse of Jainism in many places, such as at the ASI museum of Jaina gallery, the famous Chaubisi temple, and the famous hill temple of Khandargiri.
The city’s Chaubisi temple has a unique and different identity. All 24 Tirthankaras are present in their actual colors, along with many other old idols.
The Khandargiri is an Atishay Kshetra of Jain, which is 5 km from the city. The statue of Lord Rishabh Nath is carved on a hill rock and is 45 feet in height, which is adorable to watch. In Khandargiri, a total of 6 caves are present, which are 115 steps from the main temple, and in those caves too, small statues of Jain idols and Tirthankara are carved on rocks.
Jami Masjid of Chanderi is the largest mosque in the Bundelkhand region which is built in the 13th Century during the rule of Delhi Sultanate Ghiasuddin Balban.
Badal Mahal Darwaza
Badal Mahal Darwaza is another historic place that was built in 15th century under the Khilji Dynasty. The gate is 100 feet in height. The gate does not open to any mahal, but it was said that the gate opens to the Badal Mahal.
The place is a sign of a postage stamp on letters posted in the city. The structure looks like other Mughal monuments as its entrances had garden on both sides and a walk toward the Badal Mahal Darwaza.
The mahal is 4 km away from the city and looks adorable to watch. The mahal was built by Mahmood Shah in 1445. The Palace was marked as the victory sign of Mahmood Shah over Mehmood Shakri in the battle of Kapli.
The structure was square in shape, with spectacular arched doors. The Palace was divided into four sections, and each section is at the same distance away from the other. The superstructure does not remain the same, but the history of the palace exists which attracts tourists to visit here.