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Mahoba District

 
  An abandoned mahal and temple in Jaitpur block, Mahoba

South of Hamirpur and a part of it till 1995 is Mahoba district (approx. area: 3,250 sq km; Census 2001 pop: 7 lakhs).

Its headquarters, Mahoba, was the capital of the Chandelas, who ruled Bundelkhand from the 10th to the 16th centuries.

The Chandela king Candravarman is believed to have founded Mahoba town. He instituted a great festival here, and so it came to be called Mahotsvanagara, which was later shortened to Mahoba.

The family deity of the Chandelas was Manyadevi, but the temple dedicated to the god, in Mahoba town, is not ancient.

Ancient relics are found in the hillocks which surround the town, and have many rock-cut reliefs, including a representation of Shiva’s full family, known locally as Shiva-Tandava.

Other signs of Chandela rule are a large number of artificial lakes, most of them in sad disuse.

Many monuments, temples and lakes are also in the tehsil of Charkhari, which was one of the princely states of Bundelkhand.

A variety of betel leaf grown in a part of the district commands a premium; a betel leaf research centre was set up in 1986. 

Mahoba, along with Lalitpur and Chitrakoot, is among India's most backward districts.

The terrain of the district is generally hilly and rocky.

A large amount of granite mining and stone crushing is done around the town of Kabrai (pop. around 20,000), posing grave threat to health and agriculture.

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