Among other things the most common topic of discussion in Bangalore seems to be “where are you from?” or “what’s your native place?” As I’ve got to answer this question so often I thought why not write a post on my “native”.
Jabalpur is a well-known city in Madhya Pradesh (MP) state which lies in the central part of India. During the Raj, MP was a part of Central Province. The key cities in present day MP include Indore, Gwalior, Ujjain with Bhopal of course as the capital city. The state government for tourism had done an interesting ad campaign titled aptly “Bharat ka dil dekho” implying come visit the very heart of India.
Nice ad campaign by MP tourism
The state of Madhya Pradesh is also known for Buddhist Sanchi Stupas (built way back in the 3rd century BC), Khajuarao temples (which are listed in UNESCO world heritage site), Amarkantak (where the lifeline river Narmada emerges), Bandhavgarh Natural Park (the original home of all the white tigers alive), tribal life, Chambal valley and Poha – Jalebi (the most popular way to start a day).
Let’s talk about the Significance of Jabalpur city now.
High court of MP: Jabalpur houses the state high court of MP. It’s worthwhile to note that usually high courts are situated in the capital city of states.
State Electricity Board: Jabalpur is also the home to Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board (MPEB) which is again something remarkable.
Marble rocks: Jabalpur is “world famous” for the splendid Bhedaghat waterfalls. Surrounded by gorgeous white marble rocks the waterfall formed by Narmada river, this is the number one tourist spot in Jabalpur. In fact Bhedaghat has also had a stint with Bollywood when the popular song titled ‘Raat Ka Nasha Abhi’ from the movie ‘Ashoka’ was shot in its scenic locales.
Shirdi Sai Temples: Jabalpur is also known as “Choti Shirdi” ie “Smaller Shirdi” for a big number of Shirdi Sai Baba temples in Jabalpur. A lot of these Sai baba temples are well-known for fulfilling wishes of earnest devotees. On Ram Navami day every year (which falls around April) the city hosts beautiful processions which are a major attraction for city-dwellers.
Ordnance factory: The Gun Carriage factory in Ranjhi, Jabalpur the strategic edge. Situated in Ranjhi, the GCF employs thousands of people from across the city.
Christ Church School: Situated in north Civil Lines this more than 150years old convent school is among the top schools not only in Jabalpur but also in the entire state. And of course my sister and I are super proud to have finished our entire schooling from this school. The school treasures the first Girl Guide Flag in India given by Lady Baden Powell herself in 1921. The Christ Church School has both girls and boys wings.
Jabalpur gets it name from an ancient sage Jabalipattan who practiced penance here. Interestingly, Jabalpur was nicknamed “Sanskardhani” by Vinoba Bhave due to its cultural and social activities.
There are definitely more remarkable things about Jabalpur city. (All Jabalpuria’s will agree, right?!) The above points only place the city on India’s map as a significant one.
Are you from Jabalpur? What other remarkable things you’ll mention about Jabalpur?
How did you like a quick travel through my native city Jabalpur? 🙂 And the next time I’m asked “where are you basically from?” I’m just asking peeps to visit my blogs. Hehe!