Shajapur is named after the Mughal emperor shahjahan, who resided here in 1640 for a short interval. Prior to that the town was known as Kankdikheda. The original name was Shahjahanpur, which was later shortened to Shajapur. In the 18th century the town became part of the dominion of the Maratha leader Sindhia, founder of the state of Gwalior, and was the headquarters of a district of Gwalior state until Indian independence in 1947. After Independence, Shajapur and its district became part of Madhya Bharat state, which was merged into Madhya Pradesh on 1 November 1956.
The town contains numerous places of interest including:
The Raj-Rajeshwari Temple is one of Famous Shakti Temple Sculpture of temple is about 10th century A.D. Age of Parmars.situated Near the A.B, Road- It is estimated to have been built between 1007 and 1009 by Raja Bhoj. Mangal Nath Temple is just Behind the Raj Raeshvari Temple and near the Bank of Chilar River.
The Karedi Mata temple, which was built by Karan (MAHABHARATa)(15 km From Distt HQ situated In UJJAIN-Shajapur Distt Boundaries)"mahakaleswar temple" is situated in "sundersi".it was from ancient time.sundersi is a historical place.in the honor of 'sunderbai"sister of "maharaja vikramaditya"this place is known as "sundergarh'.
The old fort near the bank of the Chiler river built by the Mughal Emperor. The fort used to contain the district court but it is now home to the Central School of Shajapur.
Pale wale Baba ka Mandir (Khardon Kalan) & mata Vijyasan Mandir (Lasudliya Patla) are at 110 km from Shajapur.
Pandu Kho (Near LalGhati) where Pandwas (Mahabharat) was stay during him Vanvas.
Bapu Ki Kutia (Temple & Samadhi)
Muradpura Temple (Old Femous Temple of God Hanuman)
Mankamneshwar Mahadev Temple (Kumharia Khas) is very old Temple of God Shiva.
Baba Baijnath Temple (Agar) is 70 km from Distt HQ.
Mata Baglamukhi Temple (Nalkheda) is one of the shaktipith in India and a very famous temple of nalkheda tehsil.
Nityanand Ashram is situated at AB Road Shajapur
bhairo dungri. it is a high mountain peak and having a temple at the top.