Mahoba has a long history to boast about. The city has been under the rule of different dynasties in the course of history. Nevertheless, the city has been associated to Chandela Rajputs who ruled Bundelkhand for long. Before the advent of Chandela Rajputs, Pratihara Kings ruled the regions in and around Mahoba.
Chandela rulers ruled Mahoba in 11th and 12th century after which, the
town fall to Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the ruler of Ajmer and Delhi. The
battle that was fought between the parties is especially known for the
heroics of two Chandela generals Alha and Udal. In fact, the heroics of
these brothers have now become the inseparable part of the folklores in
India. The town also passed on to Delhi Sultanate and Mogul Empire and
was later annexed by Marathas. The town finally passed to British in the
year 1803 under the very famous 'Treaty of Bassein'.
The town has numerous water reservoirs built by the then Chandela
rulers that are worth watching. It was done in order to solve the water
problem of largely arid Bundelkhand region. In fact, this effort can be
considered as one of the first water conservation schemes, initiated by
any ruler in India. The finest among these are Vijaya Sagar, Kirat Sagar
and Madan Sagar. There are other attractions in Mahoba too. These
include the very famous 9th century Sun Temple built by Chandela King
Rahila. This granite temple is one of the finest examples of early
Apart from that there is Gokhar Hill that is famous as the place where
Baba Gorakhnath took shelter along with his disciples. The site is
frequented by the followers of Nath sect of Hinduism that stresses
heavily on Tantrism.