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GENERAL INFORMATION

Sehore is 39 Km away from state capital Bhopal towards south and on Bhopal-Indore highway. Its height from the sea level is 1500 ft. to 2000 ft. It is also connected to Western Railway from Bhopal to Ratlam. District area is 6578 Km. Sehore is surrounded by Seven districts i.e. Bhopal, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Dewas, Shajapur, Rajgarh, and Harda.  Sehore District extends between the parallels of Latitude 22031'to 230 40' North and between the meridians of Longitude 76022'  and 78008' East. The lacquer bangles of the district are a coveted adornment   of the Gond , Bhiala Nad Korku tribes of the region. Bhavai, the traditional dance of these tribes is an excellent example of their artistic proclivities .In tribal area of Sehore the Bagoria dance, with its vigorous drum beating , is still performed around the Holi festival. This dance is occasion for tribal girls& boys to have run away marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical & Archaeological  Glory of Sehore

Sehore stands in the foothills of Vindhyachal  Range in the middle of Malwa region. Sehore has a long and glorious past.Shaiva , Shakta, Jain, Vaishnav,  Budhists and Nath priests made Sehore a significant seat of their deep  meditation. Sehore was a part of Bhopal estate. After formation of Madhya Pradesh, the state capital Bhopal was a part of the Sehore district. It was bifurcated in 1972 and a new district Bhopal was formed.

Ancient lores indicate that Maharshi Patanjali, the illustrious founder of Yoga sect  also spent  some time here in prayers & worship .  Folklore also indicate to the visits of  Lord Rama, Laxman nad  Sita to its different places. Sehore has so many temples,  Mathas, Shrines,  Mosques, Churches  of great  historical and religious antiquity. In that sense, Sehore boasts of its glorious tradition  of communal harmony and homogeneous culture.

"Sidhhapur" is the old name of  Sehore.  According to a rock- edict  found from the river Seevan, it got its name from   "Sidrapur". According to an old document Sehore has got its name from the Anglo- Indian perversion of "Sher" or Lion as pronounced by the Britishers, since lion  or "Shers" were in the great  numbers  in the nearby jungles.

Sehore has been an integral part of Awanti. Later  on it  was under the tutelage of Magadh dynasty,  Chandragupta Ist, Harshavardhan, Ashoka the great, Raja Bhoj, Peshwa chiefs, Rani Kamlawati  and the Nawabs of  Bhopal dynasty. Sehore    remained the headquarters of the political agent and resident of the British.

Rivers big and small abound  the landscape of    Sehore. Narmada , Parwati,  Dudhi, Newaj, Kolar, Papnas,  Kulans,  Seewan,    Lotia, and other rivers tell the sad  tale of their lost splendour in  the form of scattered idols. Idols of Lord Vishnu, Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Nandi, Garuda, Lord Mahavira,Gautam Buddha, Apsaras and  fairies have been found in different forms and postures.

Sehore played a crucial role in the freedom movement  of India (1857 movement) . "Nishan-e- Mahaviri  and Nishan -e- Mohammadi" remained furling in the place of Union Jack. That short phase of    independence from the British clutches ended, when Sir Hurose and Robert Hamilton crushed the uprising by putting 354  patriots to the gallows and gunning down 149  sepoys. Nawabs of Bhopal remained  always loyal to the British. That caused heavily to to the efforts of the patriots in order to flush out the British from Sehore.

On 15 thAugust 1947 India  got its independence . But estate of   Bhopal did not merge with the India state till 1949 and even that after a fierce struggle .  Sehore has got the honour of  its achievement  in the field of  academics and literature. Lanciet Likinson,  the  political agent got established  the first English translation  of " Abhignan Shakuntalam " in 1835- 40.

The high school of sehore  founded in 1835 by political agent Likinson,  has to its credit student like Mr. Hidayaullah (Former chief justice, supreme court & vice president of India) Mr. Banchu [Ex chief justice ] Mirza Faim Begh [chief engineer].

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Place of  Archaeological eminence

Ganesh Mandir

 

Sidhha  Ganesha  Mandir is established in the village Gopalpur in the N-west direction , 3km frGanesh Mandirom from the District Headquarters. As per legend, it dates  back to Vikramaditya of Ujjain and renovated  by BajiRao I the Maratha Peshwa. Each Wednesday, large Nos of devotees throng  here. Ganesha Chaturthi festival is also popular  here .

 

Cenotaphs of  Kunwar  Chain Singh 

 

Cenotaphs, samadhies  and tombs of Kunwar Chainsingh  are 2 KM away in Dashahra wala  Maidan  on the bank of  river Lotia on  Sehore - Indore  Road . These cenotaphs remind the historic fight between patriot  Chainsingh of Narsingh Garh  estate and political agent Mr.Medhank.

 

Jama Masjid  : 

 

Jama Masjid Built by Mugis  Uddin Shah in 732 Hijri  & renovatial by Beghum Siknadar Jahan in 1281. It is said to posses once a picturesque  Bawadi (water tank).

 

Jain Mandir : 

 Jain MandirIt is situated in Kasba (sehore) .Two thirthankar  idols are dated 1335 ,and 1548 Vikram Samvat .

 

Hanuman Phatak

 

An emphatic temple of Lord Hanuman on a Garhi on the  bank of river Seewan  in a farHanuman Phatak flung corner  of the city,  provides  aesthetic ambience as well as a  prominent  seat of devotion. Navratra festival in Ashwin and Chaitra are very popular for its religious importance.

 

Church 

 

The Sehore Church which was built by a British political agent who belonged to Scotland in 1838. The building is an Exact replica of a church in Scotland and even the surrounding greenery, comprising  mainly tall Bamboo trees, was designed to match the original .To traverse the Sehore soil is to tread upon centuries  of colorful history .The best time of the year to visit Sehore and its sprawling teak forests is November with its autumn ripeness and March with its spring finery. Climatically , these two may be said the opportune time to visit Sehore.

 

Gurudwara  : 

 

The Gurudwara is in Gnga Ashram, Sehore   and it  renovated in 1936 by Sikh Militarymen ,  it holds Langer & Path of Gurunanak Saheb.

 

Ramlala Mandir

 

Ramlala Mandir  is Situated 1 Km from Sehore in Badia Khedi, it is revered amongst 84  Mathas   of India.

 

Salkanpur Durga Temple : 

 

It is on a 800 Feet high hillock, in the village Salkanpur, 70 KMs from Bhopal . The deity,  Ma Durga Beejasan is held in high esteem by her followers &  local.

 

Saru-Maru caves : 

 

Caves, rock edicts and stupas on Hoshangabad road, this place is said to be visited by Ashoka, his son Mahendra & daughter Sanghamitra.

 

Higher Secondry School Sehore

There is Higher Secondary School in Sehore the building of which is equally old. It is one of the four Vernacular school opened by the Britis around .It is this school which boasts of such alumni as Sir Hidayatullah and justice Wanchoo. The Nizamat building where the Nizam (Administrator) of the eathwhile Bhopal state held court is also worth.