The district of Datia and the adjoining areas are famed for scores of temples and holy places. This pious place boasts of a rare combo of history and tradition. Datia occupies an important part in the Indian history as it is referred as Daityavakra in the grand epic Mahabharatha.
The seven-storied palace which was constructed in the year 1614 by Raja Beer Singh Deo is the prime attraction. Shri Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj built the famous Dhumavati Mai and Buglamukhi Devi Temples. Datia is also famed for housing one of the Shakthi Peetha called Peethambra Peeth. Vankhandeshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is believed to be constructed during the Mahabharatha period.
Sonagir which is about 15 kms from Datia is a sacred devout centre for the Jain community. Unao about 17 kms is a spectacular pious site for the Hindus which attracts lots and lots of ardent devotees. Rajgarh Palace & Museum, Seondha, Pancham Kavi Ki Toriya, Botonical Garden, Gujarra are the sites in and around Datia which merits a visit.
Apart from historic places, Datia is also popular for its handloom industry. Handloom factories provide the means for livelihood for many families. Being a prime market place for the surrounding places, Datia is famous for its top quality food grains and cotton products.
This place is quite away from the bustle of the crowds and hence is suitable for those seeking peace and solitude.
PLACES TO SEE
Peetambra Peeth : Peethambra Peeth which is situated close to the city is one of the popular Shakthi Peeth of India. Vankhandeshwar Temple which had its reference in the Mahabharatha period and temples of Bagla Mukhi Devi and Dhumawati Mai can be sighted here.
Sonagir : Sonagir about 15 kms from Datia is famed for its congregation of more than 100 beautiful Jain temples. Spectacularly spread out on a hill this place attracts many tourists throughout the year.
Unao (Balaji Sun Temple) : This sacred place about 17 kms from Datia which is connected by road is popular for its ancient Balaji temple. This temple encloses a holy pond. It is believed that people will be cured of leprosy by taking a dip in this pond.
Rajgarh Palace & Museum : Constructed in the Bundeli style of architecture this palace was skilfully built by King Shatrujit Bundela. Museum located in the palace houses many rare and historical articles. Peethambra Peeth lies at close distances to the palace.
Gujjara : Ashoka's Shilalekh or stone inscriptions can be seen at Gujjara which is about 17 kms from Datia.
Badoni : This place is famous for its Buddhist and Jain temples.
Seondha : Located at about 70 kms from Datia, Seondha is famous for Nandnandan temple, waterfalls and Kanhargarh Fort.
Bhander : Laxman Mandir and Old Fort can be spotted at Bhander.
Pancham Kavi Ki Toriya & Udnu Ki Toriya : Which are about 4 and 8 kms respectively from Datia are popular for Bhairav and Hanuman Temples.
Beer Singh Deo Mahal
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Gwalior airport which is about 70 kms from the city is the nearest airport.
By Rail : Datia has its own railway station which is located on the Delhi-Chennai main line.