Burhanpur

Burhanpur, the land of five magistical wonders is quietly nestled in the heart of the country – Madhya Pradesh, and is probably one of the most underrated places of historical importance. It is ignoble to see the entire town being enveloped with over 500 monuments, yet finding no significant place in history. In reality, it is a treasure of unplumbed sites that are still unheard of. The name of the city was first found in the history of Rashtrakuta dynasty at around 753-982. Later it has been renamed after a demotic Sufi saint Burhan-ud-Din around the year 1388.

The city has a rich heritage and a cultural past which also holds religious importance for Sikhism. Out of the 500 monuments that caps the town, there are a few that highlight the grandiose of this place. To name a few, the Dargah-e-hakimi, Jama Masjid, Mughal Bagh Palace (Shahi qila), Zenana hammam, Khooni Bhandar and the grand fort of Asirgarh which is another 30 kms from the main town of Burhanpur will dominate the loop. Most of the monuments here date back to the Mughal Era. The gurdwara here too holds one rare copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, signed in golden ink by Guru Gobind Singh himself.

The Shahi Qila is a majestic palace in Burhanpur that was built under the reign of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. It is believed that he spent considerable amount of his time here, at Burhanpur and the main attraction of the Qila that was the ‘hamam’ was built under his order, for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Burhanpur is bustling with many places of interest such as the Jama Masjid, a sacred place of muslims that attracts the onlookers with its two 35 meters high pillars; the Ichchha Devi temple, that witnesses huge gatherings during the fairs and festivals with many people coming here to get their wishes fulfilled; the Khuni Bhandar, which is a cluster of 8 water tanks that were constructed back in 1615 by Abdul Raheem Khankhana, to provide water storage for the city; and lastly, the Asirgarh Fort, which is located on an elevated hill near the town. It is also known as the Dakkhan ka Darwaza, which means the door to South India.

Apart from the places of historical importance, the handloom industry in Burhanpur also has a glorious past and holds great significance in developing the heritage of the city. It is still on the verge of flowering, yet contributes beautifully in augmenting the name of this place.