Deogarh that is situated in the present Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh is a site of great epigraphically and archaeological importance. The place has continuously popped up in the chronicles of history related to Gupta, the Gujjar - Pratihara, the Gond, and Muslim rulers of Delhi, Kalpi, the Marathas and the British.
Deogarh is situated on the bank of Betwa, at the western end of the
Lalitpur range of hills. The cliffs that preside the river rise up to
the height of 350 feet and turns into a sandstone ridge. The river takes
a deep curve to the west at this juncture and passes through the
extremely picturesque countryside.
For centuries, Deogarh has been famous as a temple town and attracts
lots of tourists who look out for unconventional places. The most famous
and the most frequented temple at the same time is Dashavatar Temple.
This is a fine Vishnu temple that belongs to the Gupta period. It is one
of the earliest known Panchayatan temples of north India. The terraced
basement above the high temple plinth is adorned with a continuous row
of sculptured panels. A highly carved doorway with Ganga -Yamuna figures
lead to the sanctum. Three of the sidewalls have Vaishnavite
mythological scenes carved in high relief.
The town is also famous for its various Jain temples. The city boasts
of as many as 31 Jain temples. Actually Deogarh was a Jain center from
the post-Gupta times up to the 17th century. Panels depicting scenes
from Jain mythology, Tirthankara images can be easily found in these