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Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district. It is located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, India, at 35 km from the Dhar city. In the 11th century, Mandu was the sub division of the Tarangagadh or Taranga kingdom. This fortress town on a rocky outcrop about 100km from Indore is celebrated for its fine architecture.HistoryThe earliest reference to Mandu is available in the Sanskrit inscription of 555 AD which tells that Mandu was a fortified city even in the 6th century BC. It gained prominence in 10th and 11th century under the Parmars (who called it Mandavgarh, named so after princess Mandvi Chouhan of Khandwa), from whom control was snatched by the Khiljis of Delhi in 1305. Then ruler Allauddin Khilji named Mandav as "Shadiabad" meaning the city of happiness (Anand Nagari). The town of Mandu, situated at an elevation of 633 metres (2079 feet),is perched on the Vindhya Range extending for 13km while overlooking the plateau of Malwa to the north and the valley of the Narmada River to the south which acted as natural defences for the fort-capital of Rajput Parmara rulers of Malwa who originally built it. Towards the end of the 11th century, it came under the sway of the Taranga kingdom.
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