Guna was a part of erstwhile Gwalior State during pre-independence period. It was not considered expedient to locate the district headquarters at Guna, because of its being the British Cantonment. The old name of the district was Issagarh. In 1909 some districts were reorganised. As a result of this the headquarters of Issagarh district were shifted from Issagarh to Bajranggarh then a tahsil place. However Guna was made the headquarters of the district on November 5, 1922, as it was more suited than Bajranggarh in respect of basic infra-structural facilities. The Agra-Bombay road passing through Guna had already been there and the Midland Railway constructed the railway line passing Guna in 1897. The most prestigeous industrial establishment of the region, the National Fertilizers Ltd. Vijaypur near Guna has made rapid strides in recent years. It has placed Guna prominently on the industrial map of the country. A broadcasting station of All India Radio was opened at Guna on 10th April 1993.
Gopi Krishna Sagar Dam is a must visit tourist destination in Guna known as an eco-tourism destination, it is home to variety of flora and fauna. A large number of dams have been constructed in the state of Madhya Pradesh and one such dam is the Gopi Krishna Sagar Dam. This dam play a very important role in water supply, irrigation, power generation and other utilities. The dam is a result of the determination of Madhya Pradesh Government in ensuring safety of the citizens of the region.
The Bisbhuji temple has an exclusive idol of Maa Bees Bhuja Devi with 20 arms. It is an extremely religious place and known to be one of its kind among the temples in the district of Guna. The deity is said to have 20 arms and hence the name Bees Bhuja Devi. According to popular beliefs every time one counts the arms of the goddess, it gives a different number. It is also known that one who counts the number of arms of the goddess to be 20 arms correctly is gifted to be spiritually inclined and has special blessings of the goddess.
Bajrangarh Fort is yet another hot spot in the city of Guna. Bajrang Garh is a village in Guna tehsil. The fort which stands as an epitome of Maratha strength was once known as Jharkon. Bajrang Garh fort is a history citadel located in Guna. There are four gates in the Bajrang Garh fort. The complex of the Bajrang Garh Fort encompasses Moti Mahal, Rang Mahal, Ram Mandir and Bajrang Mandir. These mahals and mandirs remain intact inside the complex of Bajrangarh Fort. The fort on a high hiss is situated on the bank of Chapet river and is spreads over 72 bighas of land. Four imposing gate namely Guna Darwaja, Gadha Darwaja, Raghavgarh Darwaja and Mahalghat Darwaja once add to the beauty of this majestic fort.
The Hanuman Tekri is a temple situated in Guna which occupies the city’s top most historic hill. The temple is believed to be around 600 years old. Lord Hanuman is considered to be very powerful in this temple and is frequented by visitors from all over Guna. During festivals and fairs, special puja and abhisek take place and this is the main crowed puller.