Datia is the district headquarters in North-central Madhya Pradesh. It is an ancient town, mentioned in the Mahabharata as Daityavakra. The old town is surrounded by a stone wall, encompassing beautiful palaces and gardens. The 17th Century palace of Bir Singh Deo is a notable example of Hindu architecture of North India. The town serves as a trading centre for grains and cotton products. Handloom weaving is an important industry of this site. Datia has several crucial landmarks and is famous for the seven-story palace built by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1614. It is also a thriving pilgrimage spot for religious devotees. There are many temples, including the Sidhapeeth of Peetambara Devi, Bagulamukhi Devi Temple, and Gopeshwar Temple. Peetambara Peeth is a famous Shaktipitha located at the entrance of Datia. The Dhumavati Main Temple, established by Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj, and the Vankhandeshwar Temple, a Mahabharata period temple of Shiva, are also here.