Madhya Pradesh Trip-3: Visit to Chitrakoot

Watch the full video here Overview: I first heard about Chitrakoot while watching the TV series Ramayan in the 1980s. Then later read several books and heard from different people how important Chitrakoot is in Indian history. I reached Chitrakoot from Gwalior at around 4am in the morning, and I had booked the Retiring room at Chitrakoot Railway station for my accomodation. But unfortunately after reaching ChitrakootDham railway station, I found the Retiring room in a shabby conditon and in complete darkness. People were sleeping on the platform and there was nobody to guide me on the retiring room. So finally I decided to move out of the station and look for accomodation. I managed to get a single room just opposite the Railway station for Rs 800. There are several options for stay near the railway station, and since I had my next train past midnight, I preferred some place quite close so that I can just walk to the train station. I got freshened up and at around 7:30am, I ventured ou

Raibag Rajwada: A lesser known summer residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj

Overview: Taking one back to the era of Maharaja of Kolhapur, the Rajwada near Raibag in Belgaum District is a beautiful summer palace of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. Located at a scenic location near a big lake, the complex has 2 temples and a small Palace. There was nobody near the area and also the palace complex was in a neglected condition when we visited the place.

Raibag Rajwada

Temple at Raibag Rajwada
Raibag Rajwada

In the town of Raibag is the Somanatha temple built by the Chalukyas. The place was mentioned as Poovina Bage by the Kannada Poet Rajaditya who belonged to this place. Other than this, there are some Jain temples and some monuments from the Bijapur Sultanate.

Somanatha temple, Raibag

Somanatha temple at Raibag


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