Rewa - the abode of white tigers adorned by history
Waterfalls of dizzying heights, rare and beautiful white tigers, towering forts, majestic palaces and ancient temples are just few of the sights that adorn a town in the north west of Madhya Pradesh. That town is Rewa, which is another name for river Narmada.
The gifts given by Mother Nature herself
Rewa and its surroundings echo with the melodies of several waterfalls like the Keoti falls, Purva falls and the 142m high Bahuti falls to name a few. What adds to this natural beauty is the vast Mukundpur Zoo’s white tiger safari – the only one in the world.
It was Maharaja Martand Singhji, former ruler of Rewa, who introduced white tigers to Rewa. While on a hunting expedition, he spotted a white tiger cub. After a long chase, the king and his men managed to capture the cub. Mohan, as Maharaja called it fondly, was given an open courtyard to play in the king’s 150-room palace. With time, white tigers grew in numbers bringing Rewa the popularity it deserved.
No doubt, this town is a favourite with nature lovers. But that’s not all. Rewa is a filled-to-the-brim treasure chest of rich history.
Where the rich history still breathes
Rewa is dotted with palaces, forts, temples and museums still standing strong, showcasing the prosperity of the past. Each monument is carved with legends and tales.
Situated at the confluence of river Biher and Bichhiya, the construction of this fort was started by Salim Shah, son of Shershah, in 1539. While it was being built, Salim Shah left for Delhi and never returned, leaving the construction halfway. It was King Vikramaditya of the Baghel dynasty who completed the construction in the year 1617. The fort is renowned for its stunning architecture.
An old temple housing paintings of Kalachuri period sits in the middle of a lake. This is the beautiful Shiva temple in the Rani Talab. While this temple is surrounded by marvellous Chhatris, there is another Shiva temple by the bank of the lake which has six Chhatris surrounding it. Dedicated to Lord Ram and Sita, the temple has images from the Kalachuri period of Balram, Dikpala and several other deities.
Located near the Kymore mountain range, this temple is famous for its Shiva statue. Carved out of a single stone during the Kalachuri regime in 12th century, this outstanding piece of sculpting is 33 feet long and 8 feet wide. The lake close to it is believed to possess medicinal qualities that help cure skin diseases.
Lying 19 kms from Rewa in the Hazoor tahsil, Govindgarh Palace is a magnificient building on the bank of a picturesque lake. Maharaja Vishavnath Singh of Rewa built the Rama Govind temple. This palace was subsequently expanded by Maharaja Raghuraj Singh and Maharaja Gulab Singh. The sub-sections of this beautiful palace are known as Raghav mahal, Badal mahal and Ulta mahal. The noteworthy monuments are the Anandgarh and Dairya mahal (constructed by Gulam Singh) and the Darbar Hall and the adjoining marble temple (built by Raguraj Singh). Govindgarh is also famous as the place where the first White Tiger was seen.
The museum exhibits the prosperous history of the royal house of Rewa. It consists of a weapon gallery, stone gallery and a collection of rare pictures and written material. A gallery dedicated to the life of Rewa’s white tiger ‘Mohan’ exhibits the history of whiter tigers of the region.
The quiet town of Rewa whispers countless tales of history with scenic landscapes painted by Mother Nature herself. The town is a delight throughout the year, but it is from November to April that the festivities and weather conditions work together, helping Rewa cast a spell on you.