Hin:  धार dhāra

‘Stream’ [Dhara Nagari] City/District, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

From Skt: dhāra, ‘stream’, ‘watercourse’

The city has ancient roots with ruins of earthworks, ramparts, walls, tanks and moats dating back to the 9th century.

It came into its own during the reign of King Bhoja in the 11th century when it became a cultural capital of the Paramara dynasty in the Malwa region. A 13.2 m iron pillar -probably erected as a victory commemoration- is now displayed in fragments. It is heavier and almost twice as tall as the Delhi iron pillar. 

Dhar fort was built on the remnants of an earlier fortified structure under Muhammad bin Tughluq of the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century. It has a splendid rock-cut cistern, grand gateways, a pillared port and panoramic views of Dhar city from its bastions.

Important dinosaur fossils have been found in this region -even dinosaur eggs [Article: Stones worshipped by villagers turn out to be fossilised dinosaur eggs]

For related place names see Indian Place names and Madhya Pradesh place names.