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Jabalpur in Hinduism – How is Jabalpur Associated with Hindu Religion?

Jabalpur is one of the central districts in Madhya Pradesh, India, and is name after Jabali an ancient sage in Hinduism. One of the holy rivers in Hindu religion, Narmada flows through Jabalpur.

The earliest inhabitants of Jabalpur arrived in the Paleolithic era. Traces of their settlement can be found in Bheraghat, Tilwarghat, and Lametaghat. Early inhabitants have also left a few engravings on rocks, which indicate their artistic efforts. A few bronze implements have been discovered in Jabalpur.

The place is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and it finds mention in the Mahabharata.

Tripuri mentioned in Hindu scriptures and associated with Lord Shiva is believed to be the modern Tewar in Jabalpur. Tripuri is mentioned in coins assigned to the latter half of the 3rd century BC.

Punch-marked coins found at Karachula and Tewar belong to the Mauryan Period.

Northern black polished ware firmly dated to 300 BC has been found at Tewar.

These archeological discoveries prove that the region was inhabited Hindus from a very long period.
Silver coins, seals and pottery from the Satavahana period and Gupta period have been discovered from the region.

The region was then ruled by Hindu kings of Parivrajaka dynasty. Vamadeva, a powerful king, founded the kingdom of Tripuri. He belonged to the dynasty of Kalachuris.

Yuvarajadva – I, a Kalachuri king (915 AD to 45 AD) was a great patron of learning. Poet Rajashekhara who composed a number of Sanskrit works was the shining star of the kingdom. Numerous magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva was built during his reign.

Chausath Yogini Temple Complex, Bhedaghat

The round hypaethral structure dedicated to sixty-four yoginis (Chausath Yogini)  at Bhedaghat was built during the period. The temple was known as Golaki from its round shape. The mutt established by its side was known as Golaki Matha. The mutt was an important center of Shaivism for several centuries.

The mutt and its teachers had great influence on the kings of Chedi, Kakatiya of Warangal and the kings of Malwa and Chola.

Tilwara Ghat, where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in Narmada, is located at Jabalpur.