Located in the Chowk of the city, this temple is one of the Goddess Shakti Peethas. Here, Maheshwari appeared as a stone rock. Hundreds of people come to see the daily philosophy. A huge fair is held here on Shardiya and Chaitra Navratri. People come from far and wide to visit.
Kalinjar Fort Situated on top of a hill, this fort contains a treasure house of many monuments and idols. These things reveal various aspects of history. This fort built by the Chandelas is an example of the grand architecture of the reign of the Chandela dynasty. There are many buildings and temples inside this fort. This huge fort has grand palaces and canopies, which are finely designed and carved. The fort is believed to be the abode of the Hindu god Shiva. The fort also having a unique temple of Neelkanth Mahadev.
Kalinjar fort of Banda district has been a witness of the many ups and downs of history in every era. The names of this fort must have changed. It has gained fame as Kirtinagar in Satyuga, Madhyagarh in Tretayuga, Sinhalgarh in Dwapar Yuga and Kalinjar in Kali Yuga. The invincible fort of Kalinjar was under the Jejakbhukti kingdom in ancient times. When the Chandel rulers came, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Qutubuddin Aibak and Humayun attacked it and wanted to win it, but could not succeed. Finally, in 1569 AD, Akbar won this fort and gifted it to Birbal. After Birbal, this fort became under the Bundel king Chhatrasal. After them, the fort was occupied by Hardev Shah of Panna. In 1812, this fort became under the British.
One of the main attractions of Kalinjar is the Neelkanth Temple. It was built by Chandela ruler Paramaditya Dev. The Shiva lingam is of blue stone in addition to the giant 18-arm statue in the temple. Statues of Lord Shiva, Kaal Bhairav, Ganesh and Hanuman are carved on the stones on the way to the temple. Historians Radhakrishna Bundeli and Beedi Gupta tell that here Shiva drank the poison that came out after churning the sea. The specialty of Shivalinga is that water keeps leaking from it. Apart from this, Sita SEZ, Patal Ganga, Pandava Kund, Budha-Buddi Tal, Bhagwan SEZ, Bhairav Kund, Mrigadhar, Kotithirtha, Chaube Mahal, Jujhotia Basti, Shahi Masjid, Murti Museum, Wauchope Tomb, Ramkatora Tal, Bharachar, Mazar Tal, Rathore Mahal, Ranivas, Tha. Matola Singh Museum, Belatal, Sagra Dam, Sher Shah Suri’s Tomb and Humayun’s cantonment etc.
The temple is said to derived its name from Bamdeo Rishi a sage mentioned in hindu mythology as a contemporary of lord Rama. Bamdeo is said to have had his hermitage at the fort of a hill. There is one big and oldest Shivling is situated in the temple in the kho of Bambeshar Pahar.The temple is said to derived its name from Bamdeo Rishi a sage mentioned in hindu mythology as a contemporary of lord Rama. Bamdeo is said to have had his hermitage at the fort of a hill. There is one big and oldest Shivling is situated in the temple in the kho of Bambeshar Pahar.
Across the river Ken there are ruins of Bhuragarh Fort, said to be built with brown stones by Raja Guman Singh in the 17th century. This place was important during the freedom struggle. A every year on the “Makar Sankranti” a Fair is organized at this place is known as ‘Natbali Ka Mela’.
Bhuragrah Fort is situated at the bank of the Ken river. Seeing the sunset from the fort is a beautiful experience. The historical importance of Bhuragarh Fort is related to Bundela reign and Hridaya Shah and Jagat Rai, sons of Maharaja Chattrasal. Kirat Singh, son of Jagat Rai, repaired Bhuragarh Fort in 1746 A.D. None Arjun Singh was the care taker of the fort.
In 1787 A.D., Nawab Ali Bahudur I started looking after the Banda domain. He fought a war against None Arjun Singh in 1792 A.D. Then it Taken over by the Nawab’s rule for some time but Rajaram Dauwa and Laxman Dauwa won it again from the Nawabs. After the death of None Arjun Singh, Nawab Ali Bahudar took the control of Bhuragarh Fort. The Nawab died in 1802 A.D. and Gaurihar Maharaj took the administration after him.
The Great Freedom Struggle against the British Empire started on 14 June 1857. It was led by Nawab Ali Bahadur II in Banda. This struggle was much fiercer than expected and revolutionaries from Allahbad, Kanpur and Bihar joined the Nawab in fighting the British. On 15 June 1857, revolutionaries killed Joint Magistrate Cockrail. On 16 April 1858, Whit luck arrived in Banda and fought against the revolutionary army of Banda. About 3000 revolutionaries were killed in the fort during this war. Nuts (one who performs acrobatic feats) from Sarbai sacrificed their lives in this war. Their graves are found inside the fort. Graves of many revolutionaries are found around the fort.
Banda’s Nawab tank is situated about 3 kms south of Banda City. This tank has been built by Nawab of Banda, and therefore it is known as Nawab Tank.
This Tank is still filled with water and in use. Between the tank there is a platform for Nawab’s Throne. It is said that from this place, Nawab used to enjoy ‘Kajli Fair’ with his wives.
Near the Tank two more places are there to visit:
In front of the tank situated is a park named ‘Van Vihar'( Forest Expedition).
Flora Nursery, a really beautiful place to enjoy nature’s beauty. Here you can buy plants and flowers’ seeds at a minimal cost.Allover the scenery of this place is perfect to be long cherished for Tourists. Free entry to park to visit at any of these places.