Panna was a Gond settlement until the 13th century. When the Gondi were defeated by the Chandelas they to other parts of Madhya Pradesh. Moving around in different places along with his disciples Mahamati Prannath reached Panna with a divine message of awakening one's soul. He helped the brave king Chhatrasal and adorned him by the title of Maharaja. He remained there for elevan years, and took samadhi inside the dome itself. The place, therefore, is known as the seat of salvation or Padmavatipuri Dham. Panna was the capital of Chhatar Sal, the Bundela Rajput leader who led a revolt against the Mughal Empire. Upon his death in 1732, his kingdom was divided among his sons. The kingdom of Panna went to Harde Sah, the eldest son of Chhatar Sal.
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Dynamic dry deciduous forest undergoes dramatic change from lush green in monsoon to dry grey in summer. Relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve. Besides the wildlife watchers (around 12000 annually), Panna gets visitors (around 20000 annually) who exclusively visit the famous Pandav Fall.