Satna district

Coordinates: 24°20′24″N 80°33′00″E / 24.34000°N 80.55000°E / 24.34000; 80.55000
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Satna district
Clockwise from top-left: Sharda Temple, Maihar, Venkatesh Temple, Satna, Temples in Nachna, hills near Madri, temples in Deoguna
Location of Satna district in Madhya Pradesh
Location of Satna district in Madhya Pradesh
Country India
StateMadhya Pradesh
 • District CollectorMr. Anurag Verma, IAS
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesSatna
 • Total7,502 km2 (2,897 sq mi)
 • Total2,228,935
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
 • Literacy73.79 per cent
 • Sex ratio927
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)

Satna District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The city of Satna is the district headquarters. The district has an area of 7,502 km², and a population of 22,28,935(2011 census), 20.63% of which is urban. The district has a population density of 249 persons per km².


Satna district has Uttar Pradesh on the north, Rewa on the east, Shahdol on the southwest, Umaria and Katni districts on the south, and Panna on the west.[1] The district is part of Rewa Division. The district is divided into the tehsils of Amarpatan, Maihar, Nagod, Uchehara, Raghuraj Nagar, Majhgawan, Ramnagar, Kotar, Birsinghpur, Rampur Baghelan & Kothi.


Satna district is part of the Baghelkhand region, a very large portion of which was ruled by Singrauli and Rewa. A small portion of the western region was ruled by feudatory chiefs under the British. There were eleven such states, namely saluted state (Baroundha).Maihar, Nagod State, Sohawal, Kothi, Jaso, and the five Chaube Jagirs of Chanpurwa, Pahra, Taraon, Bhaisunda and Kamta-Rajaula.[2][failed verification]

The early Buddhist books (including the Mahabharata) link the Baghelkhand tract with rulers of the Haihaya, Kalchuri or Chedi clan, who gained sufficient importance in the 3rd century CE. They had their capital at Mahishmati (identified by some with Maheshwar in Khargone District), from where they seem to have been driven eastwards. They had acquired the fort of Kalinjara (a few miles beyond the border of the district, in Uttar Pradesh), and with that as base, they extended their dominion over Baghelkhand. During the 4th and 5th centuries, the Gupta dynasty held sway over the area. The feudatory chiefs of Uchchhakalpa (Unchehra in Nagod tehsil) and the Parivrajakas of Kot (in Nagod tehsil) held their own. The chief stronghold of the Chedi clan was Kalinjar, and their proudest title was Kalanjaradhishwara (Lord of Kalanjar). The Kalchuris received their first blow at the hand of Chandel chief Yashovarmma (925-55), who seized the fort of Kalinjar and the tract surrounding it. The Kalchuris were still a powerful tribe and continued to hold most of their possessions until the 12th century.[2]

The chiefs of Rewas were Baghel Rajputs descended from the Solanki clan. Vyaghra Deo, brother of the ruler of Gujarat, made his way into northern India about the middle of the 13th century and obtained the fort of Marpha, 18 miles north-east of Kalinjar. His son Karandeo married a Kalchuri (Haihaya) princess of Mandla and received in dowry the fort of Bandhogarh (now in the tehsil of the same name in Shahdol district), which, until its destruction in 1597 by Akbar was the Baghel capital.[2]

In 1298, when Ulugh Khan drove the last Baghel ruler of Gujarat from his kingdom. It caused a considerable migration of the Baghels to Bandhogarh. Until the 15th century the Baghels of Bandhogarh were engaged in extending their possessions and escaped the attention of the Delhi kings. In 1498-9, Sikandar Lodi failed in his attempt to take the fort of Bandhogarh. The Baghel king Ramchandra (1555–92), was a contemporary of Akbar. After the death of Birdhabra, Ramchandra's son, a minor named Vikramaditya acceded to the throne of Bandhogarh. His accession gave rise to disturbances. Akbar intervened and captured and dismantled the Bandhogarh fort in 1597 after a seize of eight months. It is after this that the town of Rewa started gaining in importance.[2]

In 1803, after the treaty of Bassein, the British made overtures of alliance to the ruler of Rewa, but the latter rejected them. In 1812, during the time of Raja Jaisingh (1809–35), a body of Pindaris raided Mirzapur from Rewa territory. Upon this Jaisingh was called upon to accede to a treaty, in which he acknowledged the protection of the British Government, and agreed to refer all disputes with neighbouring chiefs to their arbitration and to allow British troops to march through or be cantoned in his territories. The rulers of Singrauli State bore the title of ‘His Highness’ and “Maharaja Raja” and received a salute of 17 guns. The rulers of Rewa State bore the title of 'His Highness' and "Maharaja" and received a salute of 15 guns. Most of the Raghuraj Nagar and entire Amarpatan tehsil of the present Satna district were in the Rewa State prior to the formation of Vindhya Pradesh.[2]


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Satna one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[3] It is one of the 24 districts in Madhya Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[3]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Satna district (2011)[5]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

According to the 2011 census Satna District has a population of 2,228,935,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Latvia[7] or the US state of New Mexico.[8] This gives it a ranking of 203rd in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 297 inhabitants per square kilometre (770/sq mi).[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.17%.[6] Satna has a sex ratio of 927 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 79.89%. 21.28% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 17.88% and 14.36% of the population respectively.[6]

In the 2001 census, Satna district had a total population of 1,870,104, out of which 970,114 were males and 898,534 were females. Decadal growth in 1991-2001 was 27.52. Sex ratio was 926. Density of population was 249 / km2.[9]


Languages of Satna district (2011)[10]

  Hindi (76.10%)
  Bagheli (21.37%)
  Bundeli (1.10%)
  Others (1.43%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 76.10% of the population in the district spoke Hindi, 21.37% Bagheli and 1.10% Bundeli as their first language.[10]

Among the languages spoken in Satna is Bagheli, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi[11] (compared to 60% for German and English)[12] and is spoken by about 7,800,000 people in Bagelkhand.[11]

Tourist places[edit]

  • Chitrakoot Dham
  • Venktesh Temple
  • Shiv Temple, Birsinghpur
  • Tulsi Sangralya, Ramvan
  • Ma Sharda Mata, Maihar

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Satna". mponline. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e "History of Satna". Satna District Administration. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  3. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 5, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "Table A-02 Decadal Variation in Population Since 1901: Madhya Pradesh" (PDF). Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  5. ^ "Table C-01 Population By Religion: Madhya Pradesh". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Handbook: Satna" (PDF). Census of India. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-01. Latvia 2,204,708 July 2011 est.
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. New Mexico - 2,059,179
  9. ^ "Population, decadal growth rate, sex ratio and density – States/Union territories and Districts : 2001". Table 1. Education for all in India, Source:Registrar General of India, Government of India, New Delhi. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  10. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population by Mother Tongue: Madhya Pradesh". Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  11. ^ a b M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bagheli: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  12. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "English". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28.

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