The Gandhi Sagar Dam located in the Mandsaur district near Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh is among the major tourist attractions of the state. Being a major dam built on the Chambal river, the foundation stone of this dam was laid on 7th March 1954 by none other than the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Being the second largest reservoir of India, the Gandhi Sagar Dam provides shelter to thousands of migratory birds, thus resulting in the certification of the reservoir by the International Bird Life Agency. The dam is 204 ft high and 514 ft long.
It also has a splendid hydro electric power station on the right bank. The fact that a spillway of the dam discharges 21,238 cubic meters per seconds, shows that the dam is extremely huge. In the context of both research and tourism, the Gandhi Sagar Dam is of immense importance.
The Sukhanandji Ashram, distanced about 32 km from Neemuch is located on the border of Rajasthan. The Ashram lies magnificently in an ancient rock-cave. Believed to have within its premises a temple devoted to Lord Shiva, Sukhanandji Ashram is a spot of appreciated scenic beauty.
The founder of Sukhanandji Ashram is said to be Suka, who is considered to be the son of Vyasadeva. Vyasadeva or Vedavyasa was the first to write the Bharat Samhita, containing 24,000 verses or slokas. Suka, also known as Sukadeva and Brahmarata, is a splendid character in a number of Puranic texts belonging mainly to Vaishnavism.
This Ashram attracts a huge number of tourists every season. The two annual fairs organized at Sukhanandji Ashram are among the major attractions of this site, one of which happens on Haryali Amavashya and the other on Baisakh Purnima. These two fairs boost tourism in Neemuch.
The Bhadwa Mata Temple is located 18 km east of Neemuch. A beautifully constructed marble temple of Mahamaya Bhadwa Mata, the Mata statue is surrounded by nine Nabhdurga idols namely Brahmi, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi followed by Narsinhi, Eandri, Shivdatti and Chamunda.
The Bhadwa Mata Temple is placed among the important temples in India that depicts Shakti. The devotees of Bhadwa Mata Temple attain ultimate peace of mind and become spiritually strong after their visit to this temple.
The holy water Baawdi situated within the premises of the temple is popularly known as Aarogya Theerth. The fact that makes this holy water famous is that a bath in this pond is believed to be a supernatural remedy for all kinds of skin diseases.
As an important part of mythology, Bhadwa Mata is believed to be present in the temple to bless her devotees. Visitors are left with bewilderment after watching the daily aartis performed in the evening within the temple.
The Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary, a wonderful site to explore and witness nature's magic, is situated on the northern boundary of the districts of Neemuch and Mandsaur in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary was notified in 1974 and in 1983, and the government added more area to it. The total area of the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary is over 368.62 sq km.
Tourists are guaranteed to have a relaxed time visiting this sanctuary which adjoins the state of Rajasthan. The Chambal river acts as a cherry on the pie that runs through the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary, dividing it into two parts.
Thus, the river divides it into a western part which is in Neemuch and the eastern one in Mandsaur district. Tourists visiting the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary have undoubtedly a lot to explore.