History of Asirgarh Fort
Asirgarh Fort is a historical & strategically important fort about 20km far from Burhanpur, situated in the Satpura range. Because the fortress passes through the Satpura’s valley of the Narmada & tapti river.
The city is knowns as “Dakkhan ka Darwaza“. The asirgarh fort have been built by a king named Asa Ahir in the 15th century. The Fort was built by the Mughals. There is a temple known as Gupteshwer Mahadev mandir, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Fort expands to more than 60 acres of area. Its height is about 259.1 meters high from the base & sea level is 701 meters high.
The fort is divided into three parts Asirgarh, Kamalgarh, and Malayagarh. It is counted among the few world-famous forts which were considered to be invincible (Ajey). There is a famous devi temple in the Asirgarh village called Asha devi temple.
Haunted Story About Asirgarh
Asirgarh is also considered a haunted place. According to the local tale, people say that lord Krishna from dwaparyuga gave a curse on Ashwathama that he will bear a load of all people’s misdeeds on his shoulders. He will always roam alone without getting any attention and sympathy till the end of Kaliyuga. He will live alone from society.
He can’t communicate with anyone. Isolated from the world. He will suffer from an acute disease that is incurable and would never heal. Ashwathama was requested to give up his stone which was on his forehead. Lord Krishna further said that “If you removed this stone then the disease will be caused and never rehabilitate and will affect you till the end of Kaliyuga”.
According to people, Ashwathama finds his time of death yet it never ends. When kaliyuga would be on its end then, Ashwathama is to meet Sri Kalki, this will be the tenth and final avatar of “Lord Vishnu“.
Ashwathama is surrounding by a fort for the last 5000 years. And he worships lord Shiva in the fort temple earliest in the morning and offered some fresh flowers and sandals to lord Shiva.
People related to that area told a myth that sometimes Ashwathama is seen at night and lingers around the asirgarh fort, and sometimes asks for turmeric and oil to stop the blood on his forehead. He takes bath in the lake which is in the fort and worships lord Shiva in the temple, and whoever has seen him has gone mad or lost his mental stability.
How to Visit Asirgarh Fort
Asirgarh Fort is situated at a height of 750 feet above sea level on the top of Satpura hills in the north direction at a distance of about 20 km from Burhanpur. The distance from Nepanagar to Asirgarh is 14 km and Burhanpur is about 80 km from Khandwa. Trains, buses, and taxis are easily available from here to Burhanpur. The nearest airport from here is Indore, which is about 180 km away. Burhanpur is connected to all the major cities of Madhya Pradesh by rail.
Location for Asirgarh Fort.
Chai Sutta Bar in Burhanpur, let’s have a look.