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Udayagiri Caves

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2nd Oct 17

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Vidisha Overview

Vidisha lies in the state of Madhya Pradesh, very close to the capital city of Bhopal. The town is known for its historical monuments and ancient places of significance. There are archaeological remains to be found here dating back as far as the 2nd century BC.

One of the important historical remains is the town of Besnagar, which lies to the north of Vidisha. There are also the Udayagiri Caves which have various inscriptions belonging to the period of the Gupta Empire. Apart from that, Vidisha also has the ruins of an erstwhile shrine devoted to Lord Vishnu. Close to these ruins is a monolithic pillar which has an inscription on it. The pillar is called the Heliodorous Pillar and also sometimes the Khamba Baba.

Some other important ruins in the town are Bijamandal and Lohangi Pir. The town of Vidisha has River Betwa on its west and lies at the meeting point of River Bes and River Betwa. Vidisha was an important trade centre between the 5th and the 6th centuries BC during the rule of the Guptas, the Sungas, the Nagas and the Satavahanas. The proof of it being an important trade centre lays in the Pali scriptures.

There is also historical evidence to suggest that the governor of Vidisha was King Ashoka at one point of time. The same has been mentioned in Kalidasa’s Meghdoot.

Topographically speaking, the district of Vidisha can be divided into five major areas in coherence with the physical features, viz. the Valley of Betwa, the Eastern Region, the Western Region, the Sindh Valley and the Bina Valley.

Tourism forms the major chunk of the economic activity here. The district of Vidisha has many important archaeological sites, ruins, inscriptions as well as sculptures. Some well known places of tourist interest here are the city of Vidisha, Gyaraspur, Udaypur, Sironj and Badoh-Pathari.

Vidisha does not have an airport. However, it does have a railway station which connected it to all the metropolitans of India. There are also reliable bus services available within the district, which makes the various cities of the district well connected to each other.

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