The earliest name of this city is Jabalipuram. It is a sacred place and the birthplace of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The city is believed to be named after the sage Jaabaali of the Ramayana; as Jabalpur is considered to be his meditation site. It is a city where there is a mix of several traditions like the culture of the Gond and Kalchuri dynasties; the culture and rituals of Maratha and Mughal Empire. This city has the central point of India. The prime river of the city is the Narmada River. It has a humid sub tropical climate and is one of the most important cities of central India in regards to agriculture, trade and commerce. The city is easily accessible by rail, road and has an airport as well.
It is a home to people like the North Indians, South Indians and East Indians and hence all festivals of Dushera, Navaratri and Durga Puja are celebrated with great pomp and show. The marble rock formations of the city attract many tourists throughout the year and are known by the name of Bhedaghat. It is a village located at the Narmada Banks. You can enjoy a wonderful boat ride on the river along the marble gorge. The other great natural beauty of the city is the Dumna Nature Reserve. It is the best spot for picnic, checking out birds and wild life. The Bargi Resort is known for its water sports, boating and as a picnic spot also.
The architectural beauty consists of Madan Mahal Fort. It is a fort built by Madan Shah of Gond Dynasty. The Chausath Yogini and Shiva Temple are popular temples of the city. These temples are dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and the courtyard consists of idols of 64 Yoginis of goddess Durga. Gwarighat is one of the banks of River Narmada where Hindu rituals and religious activities are performed. It is a home to several Hindu temples and saints. The Rani Durgavati Museum was built in the honor of the self sacrifice and martyrdom of Rani Durgavati and has an idol of Goddess Durga as a replica of the queen. It houses antiques and photos and artifacts of Mahatma Gandhi. The Tilwara Ghat on the banks of River Narmada has a ‘Gandhi Smarak’ as the ashes of the Father of Nation were immersed here.
You can also visit the Bastar Palace built by the Bastar kingdom; the features of the palace is that it is a complete white structure with beautiful engravings and is the present residence of the royal family. Besides Hindu temples, there is a Digambar Jain pilgrimage as well, known as the Pisanhari Ki Madiya and has several small Jain temples within it. It is believed that this holy place has been built by a poor woman. Last but not the last is the food and shopping at Jabalpur. Like all other big cities of the state, the city is famous for its spicy and sweet dishes and there are several restaurants and food courts available to satisfy your taste bud. You can shop for antiques and Chanderi saris at the city market. Thus, be at Jabalpur to get a feel of nature and life.