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Understanding Name Bandhavgarh

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Introduction

Bandhavgarh national park is a popular tiger safari destination at Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Tourists from all over the world are not visiting this popular safari destination. It is not only a wildlife destination but also possess great historical treasure. It was one time power center of Baghelkhand, ruled by Baghel rulers. Before them, Kalchuri rulers maintained their control over this region. Its name as Bandhavgarh was prevails during those ruling periods thus we can say that it is ancient name that continued over centuries.

Popular Version

If we will ask any local safari guide or local hotelier about naming of Bandhavgarh. Popular reply will be by reffering Hindu epic Ramayana. According to this version, while returning after Lanka conquer, Lord Rama stopped here at this place and handover this fort to his younger brother Laxmana. Thus Bandhavgarh's simple meaning is brother's fort. Here Bandhavgarh is seen as confluence of 2 words "Bandhav" means brother and "Garh" means fort.

Other Version

One more unpopular version of Bandhavgarh naming comes from Bandhavdheesh temple. We all know that it is active temple adjoining to fort are, on same plateau. At Bandhavdheesh temple, we will find statue of Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana. If we try to understand the meaning of "Bandhav", we will conclude that it is popularly referred for relatives which includes brothers, sisters and other close family members. As temple is of brothers Rama and Laxmana thus we can conclude that it is of both brothers and not for one brother. We we notice the height of the platform of Bandhavdheesh temple, on which these statues are placed, we will find that its height is more than the height of any other structure platform which indicated its sprimacy. In those days, rulers often declared god as the actual ruler of kingdom and represent themselves as the person who rules as a representative of God. Thus here here Lord Rama and Laxmana were declared as the actual rulers and king was the representative of them.

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