The town is situated east of the Betwa River, in the fork of the Betwa and Bes rivers, 9 km from Sanchi.The town of Besnagar, 3 km from present-day Vidisha on the west side of the river, became an important trade centre in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, under the Shungas, Nagas, Satavahanas, and Guptas, and was mentioned in the Pali scriptures.These are the earliest Kṛṣṇa scenes in the art of central India.Bijamandal Temple at Vidisha is one of massive dimensions comparable with Konarak in Orissa.The Emperor Ashoka was the governor of Vidisha during his father's lifetime.
Vidisha is a home to a range of colleges and schools.
On top of the plinth is a small mosque made using pillars, one of which has an inscription dating probably from the time of king Naravarman (circa 1094-1134).
It is a devotional inscription revering Carccikā (i.e. The miḥrāb suggests the mosque was constructed in the late 14th century.
Born in Vidisha Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Vidisha is a railway station on the Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai main line of the Central Railway, at a distance of 54 km from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.