"India is an AMAZING Land"
There are numerous places worth watching, which are lying hidden in little-known towns and villages, which even the most acclaimed of the tourist circles, at times have no clue about. Once you visit these spots, you tend to realize that the current one is more beautiful than the previous one.
I was also unaware that “Mitawali” which is situated near to
As I always say, Good travellers never plan in advance, so one fine day I decided to start my voyage for exploration of Mitawali. On National Highway 3; after reaching Dhaulpur, half-an-hour before Morena, I started asking for directions to reach Mitawali. All I got was blank faces, as clueless as mine. Finally someone in Morena gave a vague information about the place. The situation was not quite encouraging, yet I had no option but to test the powers of trust which I kept in his directions, however to my good fortunes he was right.
It was around 90 kms. from
|For reference, Thekari: Take a left turn to Mitawali|
With a mix of caution and thrill I took the left turn from Thekari (above location for reference), from here route is fairly simple; go straight for around 15 km. to finally see a direction signal to Mitawali. Though the road is narrow, but it is in fairly good condition, except for a few stretches which are being re-laid. Excitement of getting closer to Mitawali had ensured that the road condition was the last thing on my mind. There are no fuel stations after the left turn from Thekari, make sure your vehicle do not run out of fuel.
There is very less habitation on this way. Enthusiasm of exploring a new place was enough to keep me in good spirits. After driving for 5 hours, I finally reached “Mitawali” site and it was the time to climb 100 ft. upstairs to embrace the beautiful Shiva temple, situated at top of a hill.
Mitawali temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and consists of 64 Yogini small temples surrounding the main Central temple of Lord Shiva.
Environment inside the temple is utmost peaceful, walking around in the lonely corridors is a rare delicacy. Each small temple has an image of Lord Shiva, also known as "SHIVLING - शिवलिंग". Sit back and enjoy the silence.
Outer wall of the temple is decorated with numerous images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Apart from appreciating the temple, you can also have an astonishing pigeon eye view of the surrounding areas.
Vast tracts of land, scattered habitation, not so easy life in the villages will surely take you much closer to real
As told by locales and caretaker this temple was built in around 9th century AD and used to be a seat of education of astrology and mathematics with the use of the rays and shades of the Sun. My first guess about this place was almost bang on target. Very recently a caretaker has been appointed by MP tourism department for this temple who is doing an excellent housekeeping of this temple premises. He is also maintaining a register and regularly taking feedback from occasional visitors on how to popularise this place.
You call it a sheer coincidence or strange coincidence that structure of Indian Parliament house (Sansad Bhawan) has a close resemblance with this temple. To be honest Indian parliament house looks like hugely inspired from the architecture of this temple.
This place has been lying hidden/ forgotten since ages, so very less information is available about this place. No one can deny the fact that it must have been very majestic during its prime. Despite being situated in the vicinity of vibrant
To be frank my expectations from this place were not so high but the experience I got of this place was beyond expectations. Whether it was the road to Mitawali, contrasting village life, un-inhabited lands and above all the
So whenever you plan an excursion to
Agra or a Get away to , make sure you keep some time for a visit to Mitawali...believe me you will come back with more than just memories. Keep travelling... Gwalior
Please find this article published in national newspaper, The Pioneer:
There are other monuments also close to Mitawali, worth exploring:
- Padawali: 3-4 Km. from Mitawali this fabulous temple monument waiting is considered as superior of Khajuraho temple.
- Kakan Math Temple: 23 km. from Mitawali, this 115 ft. high ancient Shiva temple is assembled in stones without any adhesive.
- Batesara temples: 4-5 km. is a huge comples of temples dated back to 6th -9th century. Around 350 temples are estimated to exist here. Work is ongoing to restore the glory of the temples.
Keep travelling Guys…