Jabalpur is also known as the Marble City and is the erstwhile capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The name Jabalpur literally translates to rock city and this refers to its natural abundance of the marble rock in its reservoirs. The town earlier operating as a non descript trading town came into prominence after the British reinvented the two as an administrative headquarter and a cantonment town. Till date today Jabalpur marks its place as an important and significant reserve for Indian army reinforcements and reserves.
However the old town of Jabalpur is a reserve of a treasure trove of ancient Indian heritage in the form of beautiful monuments, palaces forts and marble rock artistry. On the summit of a barren ridged hilltop lies the Madan Mahal Fort, built in 1116, on the western fringes of the city. The fort was built as a military outpost and stronghold of the ruling empire and is a museum of artefacts dating way back to a long period in time. Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, sitting bang on the lakefront in the north is a historic Jain temple situated in Jabalpur that is witness to glorious specimens of artistry and rock sculpture.