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Rewa District

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Rewa is the district in Madhya Pradesh that also has the town of Rewa as its main headquarters. It is bounded on the north by the state of Uttar Pradesh while the districts of Shahdol and Umaria are found on the south. The east and the southeast are bordered by Sidhi district and the district of Satna can be found on the west. As of the 2001 census, the district had a total population of 1,972,333 people, distributed across a total land area of 6,314 square kilometers. Rewa District is a part of Rewa Division. The district is divided into eight tehsils: Guhr, Baikunthpur, Sirmaur, Teonthar, Hujur, Mau Ganj, Govindgarh and Raipur Karchulian. The city of Rewa lies in Hujur.

Rewa district is also known as the land of the white tigers. This came about because the Maharajah of the place used to have the white cats, found and captured within the region itself. The first white tiger was caught in December 1915, when Maharajah Gulab Singh caught a two-year old white cub. The cub continued to live on in the Maharajah’s summer palace for five more years. When it died, it was stuffed and was then sent to King George V of England as a sign of India’s loyalty to the crown.

The most famous of all the white tigers, however, is undoubtedly Mohan. A white male, Mohan was the only white cub of a litter of four. After his mother and two of his siblings were killed, Mohan escaped, by pure luck more than anything else. He was eventually captured but three days later he escaped, which eventually led to a long and massive hunt. He was recaptured and this time, was placed in a repaired courtyard where he lived for the rest of his life. Even to this day, the Maharajah’s palace at Govingarh still keeps white tigers.

One of the main industries that is present in Rewa district is cement manufacture. This is because Rewa is located in the so-called limestone belt, and coal can also be found in the nearby districts, particularly in Sidhi, Umaria, and Shahdol. There are a lot of cement manufacturing businesses in the district, including the well-known Jaypee group, which has made a township in Rewa known as Jaypee Nagar, and Prism, Asia’s biggest cement factory. Other industries found in the district include the Birla group of companies such as Birla Ericson and Vindhya Tele Links.

Tourists will also find that there are a lot of things to see in Rerwa district. There is Deorkothar, known for its Buddhist stupas that were found in 1982. The place used to be visited by the Buddhist monks frequently. Govindgarh is also quite famous, especially since Taalab, Asia’s biggest pond, is located there. Other attractions include Keoti Falls and Chachai Falls.

Transport facilities in the district include the 50-kilometer Rewa Satna Rail Line which connects Rewa to Satna. The district also falls on India’s longest highway, National Highway 7. National Highway 27 and National Highway 75 also pass through Rewa. By air, Rewa district has an air strip at Churhata while the nearest airports are Khajuraho and Allahabad.

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