Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh
Burhanpur is a mid-size city in Madhya Pradesh state. It is the administrative seat of Burhanpur District. It is situated on the north bank of the Tapti River, 340 kilo meters southwest of Bhopal and 540 kilometers northeast of Mumbai. The town is named after sufi saint Burhanuddin Gharib of Khuldabad. The city has a Municipal Corporation, and also is one of the district headquarters of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Location & Geographical Area -
Forest - Forest covered 195321 Hectares.
The nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai International Airport at Indore (180kms)
Regular bus services connect Burhanpur with Indore, Khargone, Jalgaon, Khandwa Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain, Dhar and Bhopal .
Burhanpur has its own railway station, 8kms from Gandhi Chowk.
Burhanpur is famous for its Muslim monuments,Gurudwara of Sikh Religion, Dargah-e-Hakimi of Dawoodi Bohra sect. Dargah-e-Hakimi is built in the memory of Saiyyadi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin. Thousands of pilgrims of Bohra sect visit the place from all over the world.
The historical & the largest (in the district) town of Burhanpur named after Sheikh Burhan-ud-Din stand on the north bank of Tapti river, on the Bombay-Delhi main line of central railway 504 KMs from Bombay and 69 KMs from Khandwa. The place has many monuments of historic art & architectural importance like Biwi ki Masjid, Jami Masjid, Badshahi quila,Tombs of Nasir Khan & Adil Shah, Raja ki Chhatri, Khooni Bhandar. The place is also counted in the pilgrimage of Sikhkha sect. The handloom industry of the city has a remarkable place in the household industries and has a glorious past.
Raja Ki Chhatri -
Raja ki Chhatri is notable monument which is situated on the bank of the Tapti about 4 miles from Burhanpur. It is said that the Chhatri was constructed by the order of Emperor Aurangzeb in honour of the memory of Raja Jai Singh, the Commander of the Mughal force in Deccan. Raja Jai Singh while returning from the Deccan died at Burhanpur.
Ichchha Devi Temple is situated at Ichchhapur village approx. 23 Kms from Burhanpur on Burhanpur- Edlabad main road and dedicated to the Ichchha Devi. The story goes that a Maratha Governor made a vow to the Goddess Ichchha Devi (Ful-filler of desires) that if he got a son he would build a well and a temple for the Goddess. When his desire was fulfilled, he built a well and a temple. An annual fair attended by thousands of persons is held there in Chaitra Maas (First month of Hindu Calendar).
A celebrated hill fort in the Burhanpur tehsil about 30 miles ( 48 KMs.) South of Khandwa and 14 miles (22.4 KMs) north of Burhanpur on Burhanpur -Khandwa road. It is 259.1 Meters high from the base & 701 Meters above MSL. This is referred as the "Gateway to southern India" in the medieval history. It is consisting of three separate lines of constructions namely Asirgarh proper(Upper most part), Kamargarh and Malaygarh. Jami masjid & a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva are another architecture inside the fort. Asha mandir of Hindu Goddess Asha-devi is located on the hills of this village.In the vicinity of Asirgarh,there is a tomb of Shah Nomani Asiri, a saint, a believer of Sufism. Moti mahal, the burial place of Moti Begam, beloved of Shah Jahan is to the left of the fort and situated at the bank of Pandhar River.