Chaurasi Gumbad (84 domes) is a square nine domed structure in a walled courtyard with two graves under central dome. The probable date assigned to this gumbad late 15th or early 16th century. This Islamic architecture is believed to be a tomb of one of the Lodi Sultan. It has 84 door arches. Built of blocks of rubble the whole building is divided into square spaces as in a chessboard, by eight lines of pillars that are linked by arches and topped by a flat roof. The building has a dome of a height of 60 feet. Jaunpuri motifs can be seen in the wall of the Gumbad. It is located to the west of old Kalpi along with NH 25 towards Orai. This monument is a royal tomb from Medieval times (of Lodhi Sultans). In the ancient times Kalpi was known as Kalpriya Nagari. As time passed the name of the city was abbreviated to Kalpi. Kalpriyanagari is an ancient Indian city. It had a sun temple of the size of a football ground or even larger. It was in 4th century that King Vasudeva founded Kalpi. The town is said to be protected by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, the three chief Hindu Deities.
Nestled deep in the Chambal ravines of Bundelkhand, stands the more than 600-year old Fort Rampura – proud and stoic, as if defying the ravages of time.
After being in the family for fourteen generations, Raja Samar Singh and his family now offer Fort Rampura as a unique homestay destination for guests who wish to experience the true-blue feudal and country life of the erstwhile nobility of Bundelkhand. Well-connected to Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Gwalior, this six- hundred year old ravine retreat provides an ideal getaway if you’re looking for a short weekend break. For travellers who like to enjoy wild India at their own pace, it’s a place to relax, unwind and discover a rich rural landscape that has been given a miss by distractions of modernity. And we are not complaining.
The Rampura family traces its lineage to the Kachawaha clan of Rajputs from Narwar, Madhya Pradesh. The history of the Kachawaha clan is over 900 years old and Fort Rampura bears testimony to the glory of a greater part of these years. The Kachawahas who moved from Narwar, settled in Rampura after defeating the Meaus, the original inhabitants of the region. The original fort of the Rampura Kachawahas was built at the edge of the Pahuj River, now in ruins, but still houses the family deity. If legend is to be believed, a goat was seen chasing away a wolf at the spot where the present fort stands. This was seen as a sign of strength and valour and an appropriate place to build a fort. The fort dates back over six hundred years and takes it name from Raja Ramshaha who first built the fort.
Fort Rampura was initially built as a fighting fort, with its various crenellated walls and moat designed to deter intruders. Successive generations, however, made the fort livable, specifically adding ‘zenana’ (ladies) enclosures, stables, granaries, godowns, temples, etc. The building has managed to endure six-hundred years of wear and tear. Today, a portion of the fort is still being used by the family. It is this part of the private residence which is offered as the Fort Rampura homestay.
The fort houses a treasure trove of maps, coins, armour and documents of historical value, dating back centuries. Not to mention old hunting photos, trophies and myriad tales from a colourful past.
Birth place of Sage Ved Vyas Mandir
MAHABHARAT KE RACHAYITA YANI WRITER OF MAHABHARAT – VEDVYAS KA BIRTH PLACE KALPI HAI.
Historical background : Fort was built in 1593 by Jagman Shah. Leaving 11th Century Fort on the backs of Yamuna River 3 km. because of erosion by the river. Presence and blessings of Sant Tulsidas who laid the foundation of the Fort and presented to the Raja one “EK MUKHI RUDRAKSHA” one DAHINAVERTI SHUNKH (Conch) and a Laxminarayan Bati. They are still worshiped & kept in the temple inside the Fort. Every year on this day a festivel / function is held by the Raja in which public also participates with Pomp & Show. A Mela is held in the village. People from far & wide come to see the Fort and the festivities on the day in the month of October and have the Darshan of deity of Sengar Rajputs.