Mahoba: Buddhist and Jain temples built by the Chandela kings who ruled over Bundelkhand between the 9th and the 11th centuries in the same style as the Khajuraho temples. Mahoba derives its name from "Mahotsava" which means great celebration performed by its founder Chandravarman, around 800 AD. In the next century, Mahoba became the Chandella capital in preference over Khajuraho.
See several lakes (or tanks) all of which were created by the Chandellas. The Disrapur Sagar is large though partially silted. The Rahila Sagar was built by Rahila who ruled between 890 and 910 AD. It is the oldest tank near Mahoba and along with Suraj Kund, is the venue of the Kartiki Fair held in October. At the west of Rahila Sagar is a 9th century granite Sun Temple which has a large sandstone image of Surya, the Sun god.
Vijay Sagar, an immense lake of considerable beauty built by Vijayvarman (1035-1060 AD) has now been converted into the Vijay Sagar Bird Sanctuary.
Madan Sagar, built by Madanvarman (1129-1162 AD) is particularly beautiful for it has rocky islets containing some ruins. The famous granite Shiva temple, called Kakuamath, is located here. The Kakramath Temple is in the same style as the Khajuraho temples. On the nearby island of Majhari are the ruins of a Vishnu temple.
The old Chandella fort, known as Qila Mismar is on the northern embankment of the lake. Within the fort are the ruins of Parmal's palace, the celebrated Maniy a Devi Temple, a massive granite pillar known as Deewat or Alha'ki' Gilli and the shrine of Pir Mubarak Shah, a Muslim saint from Arabia who settled in Mahoba in 1252 AD. On the southeastern part of Gokhar Hill are 24 rock-hewn images of Jain tirthankaras, with inscriptions dated 1149 AD. The Gokhar Hill, named after Guru Gorakhnath, has dramatic granite rock formations with caves and waterfalls. The Kalyan Sagar, associated with funeral ceremonies, is the site for several sati memorials.