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Panna National Park


Panna National Park


The only Diamond City in India is Panna. Panna is beautifully calm and serene : roll-on meadows dotted with evergreen trees, hills, forests Panna is famous for its temples which strikes a very fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Panna is the most sacrosanct pilgrimage for the followers of the Pranami sect world over. With a sanctuary for rare wild life and avifauna & a diamond mine, Panna has transformed a royal past into a vibrant and lively present.

Panna has been given the award of Excellence the best maintained Tourist Friendly Nation Park of the Country by the Ministry of Tourism....


The Park is situated 25 kms from Khajuraho, a world heritage site which is half an hour drive from Madla Entry Point. Hinouta, the second gate of the Park is 20 kms from Panna town. Khajuraho is the nearest Airstrip which is directly connected to the National Capital, New Delhi. Taxies are available all time from Khajuraho to Panna." The Reserve is open for the visitors for eight months in a year, i.e., from November to June."

There is a ban on diesel vehicles in side the Reserve. The Park does not have transport facility for visitors. Accommodation can be made available in the Park Inspection Huts at Madala & Hinouta (two suits each) on first-come-first-serve basis and on the condition of availability. Guides are available at both the entry points."

Area: 542.67 Sq.Kms.

Longitude: 79o45'E-80o09'E

Latitude: 24o27'N-24o46'N.

Altitude: 330Mtrs.

Rainfall: 1100mm.(avg.)

Temperature: The Mean Temp: Max:45oC & Min:5oC.

Mammals :-

Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wolf, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Hyena, Samber, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chausingha, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Hare, Rattle, Tree Shrew, Gerbil, etc. Avifauna :- About 200 species have been identified which include host of winter migratory birds. Aquatic Animals :- Both maggar and gharial are found in Ken river besides host of fish species, turtles & other.

Endangered Species :-

Tiger, Leopard, Carcal, Four-horned antelope, Indian Wolf, Pangolin, Rusty Spotted Cat, Sloth Bear and Gharial, found in the Park, are included in Schedule I of WPA, 1972.

Panna in Madhya Pradesh,is the only Diamond city of Asia. Visit the Panna mines, the main attraction of Panna and enjoy the Diamond tour offered my MP...

Buildings of historical importance include the marble-domed Swami Pran Nath Temple(1795) and Shri Baldeoji Temple....

Falls & Views


Panna is rich in water falls and scenic views. Panna is situated on Vindhyachal Ranges which give Panna so many beautiful sites. Pandav Fall, Brihaspati Kund, Nand-Chand, Nachne, etc. are some of them.." The Reserve is open for the visitors for eight months in a year, i.e., from November to June. ."

According to a legend, the Pandavas spent quite a long time in the jungles of Panna during their exile. In fact the forest was once a game reserve for the royalty of Panna.


Pandav Fall :

Pandav Fall is around 12 kms from Panna towards Khajuraho. It is situated inside the Panna National Park but very close to the national highway. Easily accessible even during monsoon, it is a perennial fall fed by local springs. Lush green surrounding makes the fall spectacular. At the foot of fall there are some ancient caves overlooking a large pool of water. About 100 ft high, the fall has a beautiful picnic spot.

Gatha Fall :

Gatha fall is situated on the other side of the highway. About 300 ft high, the fall is very impressive and impose during monsoon and presents a very pleasant sight from the road itself..

Ken River :

The river is an excellent place to view aquatic predators, especially maggar and gharial, which can be spotted lazing around in the sun on the river banks.

Ancient Temples:


The dominant architectural schemes of most of the temples are uniformly homogenous. After the declination of Mughal Empire, Muslim architectural wisdom appear in these the domes of these temples are both plain and onion shaped. Temples have kalasha on top. Most of the tallest domes have lotus form.

Mahamati Prannathji Temple :

This is the most important temple of pranamies which reflects their social and religious life.The temple is completed in 1692 AD. It is believed that Prannathji livied here and will remain here and thus became the highest Pranami tirtha as Mahamati's Punyasthali, and hence Panna is the param dham for Pranamies. This temple reminds one of the Taj Mahal. The Rang Mahal has eight pahals and each pahal has 201 domes. The spherical central dome is as Muslim architecture and the lotus form on this dome is according to Hindu tradition. The glistering divine golden kalasha is accompanied by the divine panja which denotes Mahamati's blessing and signifies the Aksharatita Purna Brahman. The main entrance of central dome is called Kaman Darwaza, made of silver. On Sharada Purnima every year, thousands of people gather here to celebrate the Mahotsava.

Padmavati Devi or Badi Devi Temple :

It is located on the north west corner near Kilkila river and it is believed to be very old temple. The religious and historical importance of this temple is immense under the belief that goddess padmavati, who was still alive and protector the prosperity and happiness of Panna. During Nav-Durgotsava thousands of devotees gather here. Maharaja Chhatrasal Bundela accept it as his Raj Lakshami although their kuldevi is Vindhyavasani.

Baldeoji Temple :

The temple is in Paladian style as a scaled down replica of St. Paul's Cathedral in London under supervision of Mr. Manly, an Italian expert. The temples structure improves upon the Romanesque and Gothick styles prevalent in Britain in eighteenth century. The temple consists of a large hall called maha mandapa with massive pillars and is built on a raised platform so that one may obtain darshan even from out side the main gate (from the road side). The attractive image of Shri Baldeoji is built in black shaligrami stone.Baldeoji temple is the finest building in area and represents the zenith of Panna architecture.

Jugal Kishoreji Temple :

This is the main Hindu temple in Panna and was build in Bundela temple style. Nat mandapa, Bhog mandapa, Garbh grih and Pradkshana path are present in the temple. The attire of the Lord is not Brij but Bundelkhandi. As per the common belief, the idol came to Panna from Vrindavan via Orchha. It is believed that a pilgrimage of the four Dhams would render itself otiose, if it does not conclude with a visit of the Jugal Kishoreji Temple.

Other Temples :

Other than the above temples, Ram-Janki Temple, Swamiji Temple, Sarang Temple, Baiji Temple, Govindji Temple are some of the important temples in Panna. All the above temples are located in the Panna town itself except Sarang Temple, which is about 20 kms from the town.




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