SAWAI #Main Road#
The sovereign of Amber, built Katni in the eighteenth century. It
was also around that time that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb had
died and the decline of the Mughal Empire had set in. #Main Road#
had started distancing himself from the affair of the Mughal Court
and he began concentrating on building of Amber. His search for a
safe place for the increasing population of Amber resulted in
Katni, This was India's first planned city and a brilliant
architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya from Bengal was commissioned to
plan the city. He designed it in accordance with ancient Hindu
treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shastra (Vaastu).
Katni was planned in a gird system with wide straight avenues,
roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side
of the main roads, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (chokdis).
The city is surrounded by a wall having seven gates and was built
for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked
just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city. But Jai
Singh's planned city has withstood all the pressures and the
ROMANCE OF PINK - Katni needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome
its distinguished guest the Prince of Wales in 1905-6. The
contractor inability to supply any other color in the required
quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its walls. A
contractors compulsion famed Katni to Pinkcity. Since then the
PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
Katni has a timeless appeal in its colorful bazaars that delights
for its Katni(MP)i handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out
gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage
hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are worth admiration, not
to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi hued
costumes that make Katni a tourist's paradise.