Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
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Kalinjar is an ancient fort situated in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh. Being one of the eight famous forts that were built by the Chandela kings, it is located on the Vindhya mountain range near the World Heritage Site of Khajuraho. The mighty fortress goes up to a height of 1203 ft and overlooks the Bundelkhand plains. Kalinjar got its name from the word Kalanjar which represents Lord Shiva who rested at this spot and destroyed the time barrier. It is believed that Lord Shiva is always present here.
One can also spot stone images of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Shakti, Bhairava, Lord Ganesh and Bhairavi at the fort along with stone-carvings of birds, mithuna, apsaras and animals. Some places of interest present here include the Sita Sej which is a small cave with a stone bed and pillow which was used by the hermits once, the Gajantak Shiva image also famous as Manduk Bhairon carved on the surface of the rock and the Koti Tirth which is a vast water reservoir. The Neelkanth Temple which was constructed by Parmardideva is the holiest shrine of Kalinjar. The way to the shrine has inscriptions with amazing carved images of Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman and Kala Bhairon.
The Kalinjar Fort is a must-visit place for all those who like to spend their time discovering the hidden secrets along amidst the architectural ruins of the oldest monument in the history of the country. One is likely to find the experience exhilarating and amazing.
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