Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Devgarh Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deogarh, also known as Devgarh, is a village in Chhindwara district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is located 24 miles southwest of Chhindwara, picturesquely situated on a crest of the hills.

 

 

 

Deogharh was formerly the capital of a Gond kingdom, which rose to prominence in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The numerous wells, tanks, and buildings show that the Gond capital once extended over a large area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The temple of the Jain Tirthankar Shantinath is of unique importance of this place. The shape of this idol, in this temple is based on religious and ethical background. The Barah temple reminds one of the Chandela kings. Some other temples are Gajendra Moksha, Nara Narayan and Vishnu. The art of Vaishnavi architect is said to be the soul of idol making in these temples. The style of construction of the famous Dashavtar temple is a proof of the said fact. Apart from the idol of lord Shiva the sculpture and carvings of Pandava, Dropadi from the Mahabharat are of great interest.

 

 

 

 

Some of the sculptures, related to the Hindu holy book the Ramayan and that of Lord Krishna are also kept here. There is an idol of Goddess possessing so many hands in the museum of Jain Dharmshala. This idol is very attractive and is of very high antique value. The languages used on different sculpture are Sanskrit, Prakrit or distorted Hindi.

 

 

 

On the basis of inscriptions found in Deogarh it can be constructed that the art of idol making on stone dates back to the period of 919 to 1600 A.D. Some stone cutting tools of ancient times have also been discovered. A special style of Gandhar facsimile can be found not only on idols of Jain Tirthankars but also on statues of men and women depicted in Deogarh. This spot is an attractive place on the bank of the Vetravati river. The top view, from temple side of river Betwa is very picturesque because the river has converted itself in a shape of a brook.

 

 

 

The land is full of various types of trees of botanical and natural values. The thick forest on the hill is a haunt of wild animals. Red stone and firewood are the two objects of commercial importance available in this area.

 

 

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deogarh,_Madhya_Pradesh 

https://jainsamaj.org/content.php?url=Madhya_Pradesh_-_Devgarh_Temple