Love is the principle of existence and its only end. It is a beautiful necessity of our nature to love something or somebody. Love gives inspiration and also an intense capacity to work, both of which are essential for the progress of mankind, Love knows no bar of caste creed or religion. Mandu, a small city in the state of Madhya Pradesh stands as the insignia of love, romance and beauty, for the fort built by Baaz Bahadur for his consort Raani Tupmati.
The love between Prince Baaz Bahadur and Roopmati is an Indian example of Romeo Juliet and the remnant of the port at Manudu still stands mute witness to this historical ‘Love Story’. One can still experience the unusual sacrifice and the euphoric romance by listening to the balladeers of Malwa.
Mandu stretches over the Vindhya Range, and is located at an altitude of 2000 ft above sea level, on a perimeter of 82 km. The Parmar rulers of Malwa the fort adorned with a number of exquisite palaces such as Jahaz and Hindola Mahals. Although in ruins, these palaces exhibit the grace and magnificence of ornamental canals, baths and pavilions. By the end of 13th century, the fort was taken over by Sultans of Malwa.
Mandu is in the revenue district of Dhar in the Mawa region. Day-trippers from Ujjain and Indore pay visit to this historical place throughout the year. But, during monsoon, the mahals, darwaza and Raani Roopmati pavilion get new lease of life and keep the visitors hours to stand and visualize, the Baaz-Roopmati romance.
Best time to visit Mandu is July to September because it is basically a monsoon resort. Another suitable time is September to October, when the Mandu Festival is celebrated with much pomp and grandeur. The traditional art and cultural heritage of the region are exhibited during the festival.
The ASI Museum showcases exhibits that mostly include Hindu sculpture of 11th and 12th centuries. There remains a huge statue of Jaina Tirthkar. Islamic calligraphy constitutes 10% of the exhibits. The gallery of the museum is housed in the Traveli Mahal that is located south of Jahaz Mahal.
Hindola Mahal or the Swinging Palace is named so because of its sloping side walls. Champa Baoli draws attraction because a smell of champa flower coming out from the constructed step-well. It was the summer retreat of the rulers and has underground rooms and subterranean bathrooms.
Old Islamic architectural skill could be witnesses by visiting the site of Jami Masjid that was constructed by the Ghauri dynasty, adorning with sandstone. The design is based on the Omavved Mosque in Damascus, Syria. Afghan architecture could be witnessed at the tomb of Hoshang Shah. The domes are scientifically proportioned and the porticos, courts and towers are marbled. Ashrafi Mahal stands as ruins of a Muslim religious school or Madrassa.
There is no end to witnessing beauty and the sense of love and romance is inseparable element of human life. One can nurture this feeling of love by visiting romantic place such as Mandu in the Malwa region.