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Dindori District

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Dindori is among the 48 districts that are within the jurisdiction of Madhya Pradesh and is situated on the eastern part of the state. To the east, it is bounded by the district of Shahdol while Mandla bounds it to the west. To the north is the district of Umaria while to the south is the district of Bilaspur from the state of Chhattisgarh. Jabalpur district completes the boundaries to the northwest. The district has a total area of 6,128 square kilometers, holding a total population of 580,730 people according to the census taken in 2001. That gives it a population density of 95 people per square kilometer — a very low number compared to the state and national average. About 95% of the total population are living in the rural area while roughly 5% are urbanized. 65.33% of the area is tribal. Dindori district is part of Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur Division. Its district headquarters is the town of Dindori.

The region used to be ruled by the Lodhi and Gond dynasties, during the time when the Gond dynasty renamed the whole region as Gondwana. As of recent history, Dindori used to be part of the district of Mandla, before it was separated on May 25, 1998 to form its own district identity, making it one of the more recent district additions to the state. Upon its separation, it had a total of 927 villages. Administratively, the district has seven development blocks: Dindori, Mehendwani, Shahpura, Bajag, Amarpur, Samnapur and Karanjiya. The setup is well-designed and is headed by the Collector and District Magistrate.

Dindori district has very rich natural resources; however, these are not fully utilized due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low literacy rate. The economy depends largely on agriculture and forest produce, since about 37.32% of the district’s area is covered by Sal forest. Some of the more common forest produce include mahlon patta, patt and char and they are collected every year. While the district is largely agricultural, only 1,569 hectares of land are under irrigation. Modern agricultural techniques are largely nominal, with the majority of the farmers still relying on traditional methods of farming. The main crops produced in the district include makka, dhan, kutki and oil seed ramtilla.

Dindori has its fair share of historical and important spiritual destinations. The Laxman Mandva, for example, is a famous tourist and pilgrim destination that is located some 7 kilometers from the town of Dindori. Legend has it that during Lakhsman and Lord Sri Ram’s exile, they stopped at this place. The district is also a part of the Kanha National Park, said to be the best national park in Asia.

Dindori can be reached via air through the district of Jabalpur, which has the nearest airport to Dindori. The nearest railway stations are Jabalpur, the Birsingpur Railway station at Umaria and the Annupur Junction Railway station. The Dindori Bus Station also connects the district with Mandla, Umaria and Balaghat.

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