How did this 400-room palace in MP came to be abandoned after being used for just one night?
Read on to know how did this 400-room palace in MP came to be abandoned after being used for just one night
Angry at the loss of one of his favourite courtiers, Akbar launched multiple expeditions to avenge his death. Salim, who remained untouched by virtue of being the crown prince, carried on to provide information that helped Bir Singh Deo survive the relentless attacks.
Bir Singh Deo spent the next few years on the run, surviving attacks on his life each time by sheer good fortune.
But just when it appeared that he’d be an outlaw for good, Akbar passed away. By now Salim had made up with his father and, immediately after his death, ascended the throne taking Jahangir as his regnal name.
Soon after he became emperor, Jahangir called off the hits on the man who had once saved his life and placed him on the throne of Orchha.
Years later when Jahangir declared his intention of meeting his old friend, Bir Singh Deo, he commissioned the construction of 52 buildings in the kingdom. One of them was the palace at Datia that would serve as a pitstop for the emperor.
The Datia Palace is popular by several names including Bir Singh Deo Palace and Satkhanda Palace.
According to the plan, the emperor arrived at the palace and spent all of one night there before proceeding to Orchha. Since it was a gift, neither Bir Singh Deo nor his family ever used the palace for their personal use. And so, the Datia Palace remained abandoned and unused for more than 400 years.