Vidisha

Vidisha

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<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities for details -->Though the ancient and also the present name of the city is Vidishā or Vidiśā (),in the medieval times, it was also known as Bhilsa for sometime. It is a city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, not far from the state capital Bhopal. Vidishā is the administrative headquarters of Vidisha District.

Geography

Vidisha is located at . It has an average elevation of 424&nbsp;metres (1391&nbsp;feet).

Demographics

India census, Vidisha had a population of 125,457. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Vidisha has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 62%. In Vidisha, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Historic Places and Monuments

Vidisha is exceptionally rich in ancient monuments and historic places. A short distance to the north of the present town are the remains of the ancient town, known as Besnagar. Not far from Besnagar are the Udayagiri Caves with sculptures and inscriptions dating to the time of the Gupta Empire.

Khamba Baba. The ruins of an early shrine at Vidisha dedicated to Vishnu reveal that the foundation bricks were cemented together with lime mortar, the first known example of the use of cement in India. The ruins are of period prior to 2nd century BC.Close to the ruins are the remains of votive pillars with palm-leaf capitals; the...
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