Mahidpur Fort, an eighteenth-century military structure, is located in Madhya Pradesh, India. The second largest state in the country, Madhya Pradesh is home to numerous heritage sites of cultural importance and storied history. As a major site on the ancient trade route of Dakshinapath, which connected to the Silk Road, Mahidpur Fort was influenced by Hindus, Muslims, and Jains. Mahidpur is a fortified citadel punctuated by six entrance gateways along with steps, historic temples, and a fortification wall. Despite its historic significance, the fort suffered from prolonged neglect and deterioration.
Mahidpur Fort is one of 43 heritage sites in the larger area of Madhya Pradesh that is being conserved as part of a joint sustainable management program between World Monuments Fund and Madhya Pradesh’s Department of Archaeology. Beginning in 2012, we worked with professionals and the local community on conservation efforts at the fort, performing documentation and analysis and structural consolidation of the fortification wall, bastions, and gateways.
The project at Mahidpur Fort, completed in 2015, is expected to serve as a model for international collaboration and sustainable management for other projects in India. In September 2016, UNESCO cited the restoration of the fortification of walls and bastions of Mahidpur Fort with an award of merit in the annual Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Preservation. The project was recognized as an exceptional example of community stewardship in heritage conservation.