There are many such forts in India that tell their stories. Looking at them, one can guess the splendor and luxury of their ancient times. Today we are going to tell you about such a fort. Which has got lost somewhere in the pages of history. We are talking about the fort of a small area named Bilhari of Katni, whose name is Kamakandla Fort. Bilhari is also known as Pushpavati Nagari, this is its ancient name. This fort is also called Rani Pushpavati’s fort. It is also known as Raja Karan’s Fort.
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Kamakandla Fort is a very special place in Bilhari, this fort is also an archaeological heritage of India. This fort is 15km away from Katni City. It was built by the Kalchuri dynasty in the 10th century, meaning it was built around 945 AD.
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Brief information about Kamakandala Fort, Bilhari.
There are many things to see in Kamakandala Fort. This fort is at a place called Bilhari, 15 less away from Katni. There is a boundary around the fort. The gate is still locked but you can open the gate by speaking to the watchman who looks after you here. As soon as you enter the fort, a large statue of Lord Hanuman Ji is seen on the right side front of the fort.
On the left side, you will see some stars which are the way to the step-well built here. This step-well is filled with water.
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Ongoing further inside the fort, you will see 3 buildings that are very attractive and create excitement in the mind. One of these buildings is the temple of Lord Shiva. The design and artwork of this temple are very attractive. Seeing once, you will not be able to believe that this is a 1500-year-old temple. There is an idol of Shiva Linga in this temple, but the upper part of this Shiva Linga is not here. Here is the lower part of Shiva Linga. Attempts were made to steal the Shiva Linga many times, so for its safety, it has been kept in a safe place.
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Ancient paintings are done in the fort.
While circumambulating the Shiva Linga, you can also see the carvings done around it. The carving done in it is very beautiful. Apart from this, very beautiful paintings and designs have also been made on the walls of the temple. Which is still in very good condition today. The painting done on its roof is the most beautiful artwork here. And it is still in the same condition and it is made in many colors.
There is another building on the right side of the temple which is currently closed. The building under entry is closed because the priceless idols of ancient yesterday are kept here. The idols cost more than billions of rupees. But there is no permission to see the idols here. If you want to see in yourself then you have to take special permission from the government then only you can look in yourself.
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The third and last building here, which is now in very poor condition, was a horse stable in ancient times. The walls of the building are very high, it is almost 15 feet high. And they are divided into 2 long rooms. The building is without a roof. Horses were kept at this place.
Apart from these 3 buildings, there is also a small garden on the premises of Is Fort, where trees are planted. And in this complex are scattered stone fragments of ancient times, on which sculptures and carvings are made.
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History of Kamakndla Fort
The Kamakandala Fort was built in 945 AD by the kings of the Kalachuri dynasty. This fort was the house of worship at that time where Lord Shiva was worshipped. Sandstone, bricks, and various promotional materials were used to build the fort. A step-well was also constructed here for bathing, which is on the left side of the fort. Even today the step-well is filled with water throughout the year.
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King Laxmanraj, who was the king of this dynasty, had also built a huge pond in Bilhari, which is known as the Laxmanraj pond. Raja Karan of Bilhari was the king of this dynasty. And it is said that he was very kind and charitable. He used to donate gold to his subjects every day.
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Presently Kamakandla Fort.
In the present, Kamandla Fort is not in as beautiful a condition as before as it is not being taken care of properly. The government is not paying attention to this, due to which this fort is getting damaged. If they were not properly protected they would soon be destroyed. These are the heritage of our ancient times and it is our duty to save them. It is the medium through which the world knows about our culture and civilization.
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How to reach?
Bilhari’s Kamkandla Fort is in the Bilhari area of Katni, so first, you have to come to Katni. After coming to Katni, you can come from here by taxi, auto, or your own vehicle. It is only 15 km away from Katni.
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Visiting Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open all days.
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Entry Fee / Ticket price
There is no entry fee and ticket price here, it is completely free.
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Interesting facts about Kamakandala.
- Kamkandla Fort is also known as Rani Pushpavati Fort and Raja Karan’s Fort.
- Kamkandla Fort was built in 945 AD and was built by the Kalchuri dynasty.
- Apart from Kamakandala Fort, there are 63 temples and 6 step-wells here.
- Kamakandala Fort is a Shiva temple.
- In the princely state of Kamakandla, the whole city was very prosperous, where the city was called the city of gold.
- The king of here, Karan, was a kind and charitable king. He used to donate gold daily to his people.
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Google map & Address of Kamkandla Fort.
Kamkandla Fortress in Bilhari, Madhya Pradesh
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Other places to visit in Katni City.
- Vijayraghavgarh Fort
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- Radha Krishna Temple, Katayeghat Katni.
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- Roopnath Dhaam
- Suramya Park
- Jagriti Park
- Jungle Survival Academy
- Maa Jalpa Mandir (Temple), Katni.
- Laxmi Narayan Temple, Katni.
- Maihar Temple (Maa Sharda Mandir).
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- Katayeghat Katni.
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