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Lalitpur District

  Reclining Vishnu in the Dashavatara temple, Deogarh

Part of Jhansi district till 1974, Lalitpur district is surrounded on three sides by Madhya Pradesh. 

Within the walls of the hill fort of Deogarh, in a forested area around 30 km south of Lalitpur town, are around 30 Jain temples of varying sizes and shapes.

Some temples are no more than tiny square cells. A few temples are large structures with tall shikaras. Inside and outside the temples are number of images of Jain religious figures. In all there are a thousand such images.

Also located in Deogarh, close to the banks of the Betwa, is one of the most well known and most representative temples of Gupta temples: the Dashavatara temple.

The temple has a wonderful image of Vishnu in a serene, reclining pose. There are also images of Ganga and Yamuna as river goddesses and numerous depictions of mythological scenes.

There is a temple celebrating the boar (Varaha) incarnation of Vishnu in the Deogarh fort nearby.

Only cottage and small industrial units are found in the district. Notable amongst them is manufacture of images in brass.

Lalitpur town is connected by rail to Mumbai and Delhi.

The district, is bounded on the west and north-west by the Betwa river.

In the south lie steep outer slopes of the Vindhyan plateau, which break into a mass of hills, up to a height of around 1800 feet above sea level. The hill slopes are covered by scrub jungles.

In the north, beyond Lalitpur town, low red rocky hills crop up.

Several rivers and streams flow across the district, and there is good natural scope for building dams and reservoirs. There are several tanks from Chandela and pre-Chandela times and several dams have been built since Independence.  

The biggest of these projects is an irrigation-cum-power Rajghat dam system on the river Betwa, on the border of UP and MP. Being developed jointly by both states, it is expected to bring a large additional area of the district under irrigation.

However, the Matatila dam, built much earlier (1952-1964), also across the Betwa, does not provide any direct benefit to Lalitpur.

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