Millions of years ago, the earth didn’t look quite like it does today. And all the land area was but divided into two supercontinents, one of them was Gondwanaland. There are enough archaeological evidences that the Heart of India was also the heart of Gondwanaland. Highly populated with dinosaurs, this area was affluent in flora and fauna. Over time the land split into continents. Fossils of countless species of plants and animals have been procured in several parts of Madhya Pradesh. They tell only one tale- that the Heart of India is ancient and has been highly bio diverse since the inception of time!
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The ancient city of Ujjain has the richest historical significance in the Heart of India. Not only did it make for a great kingdom in every era, its ‘ashrams’ attracted learners from every part of the country. Even Lord Krishna got his learning at Sandipani Ashram, Ujjain. It was here that Lord Krishna met and befriended Sudama.
Madhya Pradesh is the sole and leading Diamond producing state of India. Panna city in Madhya Pradesh is famed for its Diamond mines and is also the administrative centre of Panna District. The mines are located in the interiors of Panna District and are lead by the Diamond Mining Project of National Mineral Development Corporation of Government of India.
Okhleshwar, situated near Barwah, is the temple of immortal lamp. Here the holy lamp never went off since two decades. So does the epic recitation of ‘Ramcharitmanas’ by the priests. The ancient city of Ujjain has a temple called Kal Bhairav where the only offering you can make is alcohol. Unlike other religious places where alcohol is taboo, the priest at Kal Bhairav temple pours the liquor in a plate and places it near the mouth of Bhairav idol, which is made up of stone. Slowly everybody witnesses the alcohol getting vanished inside the mouth of the idol. This incident takes place hundreds of times every day!
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Madhya Pradesh is also known as the second largest state of the country with respect to its Geographical perimeter that is 308,252sq.km.
Launched by the king of Gwalior Maharaj Madho Rao the Gwalior Trade Fair is considered to be the Second largest Trade Fair of the country. It is conducted in varying blocks that is Automobiles, Food, Fun, etc.
Snooker quintessentially played on a table with pockets covering each corner and in between the sides. It was first invented in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh by a group of British army Officials. Snooker is a widely popular cue game in many of the English-speaking and Commonwealth nations of the world.
Until 2011 Madhya Pradesh was the state with most number of Tigers in the country. According to the 2011 census report it was overtaken by Karnataka with a total of 310 and Madhya Pradesh with 300 Tigers. Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna regions of Madhya Pradesh are the main Tiger Reserves of the state.
Indian statesman and the 11th prime minister of India Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee hailed from the Gwalior city of Madhya Pradesh. Born in a middle class Brahmin family his political activism began from the Youth Wing of Arya Samaj, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
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Very few know that Madhya Pradesh’s indispensable river, Narmada is one of the oldest rivers on the planet. According to geological studies, Narmada is the oldest river in the world. Narmada flows through the Gondwana plate where the oldest rocks in the world have been found. It is older than the holy river Ganga, which originated after the formation of Himalayas.
Umm.. What do they say in Sanskrit? Narmade Har!
Madhya Pradesh is home to the largest Tribal population of the country. The most numerically high are the Gond Tribes found mostly in the Malwa and Nimar regions of Madhya Pradesh.
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The Heart of India has been the Heart of music in every era! One of the nine jewels of Emperor Akbar’s court and widely regarded as the Father of Hindustani Classical music, Tansen was born in Behat near Gwalior, whereas, the only person who beat Tansen in music – Baiju Bawra, hailed from Chanderi district in Madhya Pradesh. They both acquired the knowledge of music from the same teacher, Swami Haridas. Kalidasa, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language was also born in Madhya Pradesh. Known as the living nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar’s birthplace is Indore. The highly idolized singer Kishore Kumar was also born and brought up in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.
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Did you know that Madhya Pradesh is the birthplace of many stars, actors, writers and cricketers? From the leading comic actor Johnny Walker in the 50s, to the present superstar Salman Khan, the greatest writer duo of Hindi cinema Salim Khan and Javed akhtar aka ‘Salim-Javed’ hail from Indore and Gwalior respectively. Legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid also spent much of his childhood in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
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So who on earth is ignorant enough to not know the Taj Mahal or the legend behind it? Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, built one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for his beloved wife Mumtaz, where she remains buried till date. But do you know that Mumtaz was initially buried in the city of Burhanpur in M.P., where she died giving birth to her fourteenth child. Later her worldly remains were shifted to Agra.
Ruyard Kipling, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, derived inspiration for his most popular work ‘The Jungle Book’ in the Heart of Incredible India. Col William, while hunting down roadside robbers in the 18th century, described an account of encountering a child who had been nurtured by the wolves. Kipling’s ‘Mowgli’ was based on the same, and Pench National Park became Mowgli’s home!