Dewas, Madhya Pradesh
Dewas district is situated in western cental Madhya Pradesh. Geographically the district can be devided in to two broad regions separated by vindhyachal range passing through the middle, while 35%of the district under forest cover. The forest land comprises 56% of the area of southern Tehsilof Bagli, Kannod and Khategaon. 74% of forests are reserved forest and 82% of them are primarily Teak. A reserve of 40.15 MT of BF grade Dolomite has been estimated in the Bagli area of Dewas district.The vegetation is principally a low forestwith a fair amount of bamboo. The chief trees are Butea, Bombax, Anogesisiasm, Acasia,Buchanamia, & Boswellia. Dewas District is now divided in to six tehsils namely Sonkatch, Dewas, Bagli, Kannod, Tonk- Khurd and Khategaon. Dewas tehsil is situated on the north-western part of the district, Sonkatch on the north-eastern part, Bagli on the south, Kannod on the south-central part and Khategaon on the South-east. Proper roadways connect all the tehsil head quarters. The head-quarters of Dewas tehsil, which is also the district headquarters, is situated on the Bombay-Agra National Highway No.3 and is also connected by broad-gauge railway line of western Railway. Dewas is an industrial city of the state. It has many mid-sized and small industries. The largest companies include Tatas, Kirloskers, Arvind Mills, S Kumars, Tata - Cummins, Gajra Gears,Gabriel India Ltd, Ranbaxy Labs, Steel Tubes and the Bank Note press. The rapid
industrialization took place in the late 70s and early 80s, but due to inadequate infrastructure, the pace has been slower since the late 80s. There are still large companies delivering substantial profits however. Dewas is known as the Soya capital of India and is a major part of the soya bean processing industry in the country. Bank Note Press, Dewas, an industrial unit of the Government of India, the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Economic Affairs was conceived in 1969 and established in 1974 and has been awarded ISO 9001 for its superior note quality and ISO 14001 for its environmental policies.
Dewas is an ancient town situated on the Malwa plateau in the West-central part of Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, about 160 km south west from state capital, Bhopal. It is the administrative center of the Dewas District, and was formerly the seat of two princely states during the British Raj, Dewas Junior state and Dewas senior state. Today, Dewas is an industrial town, with companies like Ranbaxy and Tata International being prominent players. The district is bounded to the east by Sehore District, to the south by the Harda and Khandwa districts, to the west by the Khargone and Indore districts, and to the north by the Ujjain and Shajapur districts. Dewas District is part of Ujjain Division. Dewas Junction, is a Standard Broad Gauge Railway Station which belongs to Ratlam Division of Western Railway (India) Zone, is well connected with all major cities of India. Dewas Junction lies on Indore Junction BG - Ujjain Junction branch line and it has one line originating and going towards Maksi Junction which connects Nagda /Bhopal Junction WR-CR link line. Indore - Ujjain line is electrified now . This would improve the speed and connectivity.There are regular trains plying to Mumbai, Delhi ,Kolkata, Chennai , Pune , Ahmedabad , Lucknow Jaipur , Kanpur , Patna , Thiruvananthpuram , Coimbatore , Eranakulam , Nagpur , Jammu Tavi , Amritsar , Dehradun , Ajmer , Jodhpur , Chhindwara , Jablapur , Gandhinagar , Gwalior and other major cities. All trains, including superfast and express trains, stop here.
Forest : District has an area of about 7020 sq. km andout of this about 2152.25 sq. km area is covered under forest area which accounts for about 28% of total area .
Administrative set up of Dewas District :
Rail station board
Distance from Indore: 35 km
Peetambra Peeth" is located near the city. Peetambra Peeth is the famous "Sakti-Peeth" of the country. Sh. Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj established "Bagla Mukhi Devi" and "Dhumawati Mai" at this place. Vankhandeshwar Temple at Peetambra-Peeth is one of "Mahabharat-Kaleen temple of Shiva."
Sonagiri is a famous pilgrimage of the Jains, who come in large numbers annually to worship at these beautiful temples. There are more than One Hundred temples and atract visitors and tourists from distant places. Sonagir is located at 15 Km. from Datia and is connected by Road and Train.
Unao-Balaji Sun Temple
Unao is seventeen kilometers from Datia Headquarters. Balaji Temple is very old temple is said to date from Pre-Historic times. People from very distant places flock to the Balaji Sun Temple on pilgrimage. There is a tank in the vinicity said to contain sacred water and is the popular belief that lepers who take a bath in these waters are cured of their terrible affliction. This is also known as Balaji-Dham. Unao is connected by road only.
Beer Singh Deo Mahal
Beer Singh Deo Mahal is the seven- storeyed palace built entirely on stone by Raja Beer Singh Deo in 1614.
Rajgarh Palace & Museum
Rajgarh Palace is located near Peetambra-Peeth was built by King Shatrujit Bundela. Palace is made of Bundeli Archetecture. Museum is also located this place and is collection of Geological & Cultural Importance things.
Gujarra is 17 Km. from Datia and is famous for "Ashoka's Shilalekh".
This place is known as Chhoti Badoni and is located about 10 Km. from Datia City. There are Guptkalin temples of "Boddh" and "Jain" Religion and famous for Bundeli Archetecture "Fort" and "Hawelies".
Seondha is located 70 Km. from Datia and is connected road only. This Tehsil Headquarter is famous for Water fall on Sindh River, Kanhargarh Fort, and Nandnandan temple. At fifteen kilometers from Seondha there is famous temple of "Ratangarh Mata" Temple. This temple is located in dense forest.
Bhander is located 30 Km. from Datia. Bhander is recently merged as 3rd Tehsil in Datia District. Mahabharat period name of Bhander was "Bhandakpur" and famous for Son-Tallaiya, Laxman Mandir and Old Fort.
This is located on Datia-Bhander road at 5 Km. This place is developed by Forest Department and is dense forest as well as natural place.
Pancham Kavi Ki Toriya
This natural and beautiful place is located 4 Km from Datia and is famous for "Bhairav Temple".
Udnu Ki Toriya
This place is famous for "Hanuman Temple" and is located 8 Km from Datia on the very high Place having about 350 steps.
In Datia City there are lot of beautiful temples. Datia is known as "Laghu Vrandaban" some of these are "Avadh Bihari Temple", "Shivgir Temple", "Vijay-Raghav Temple", "Govind Temple", and "Bihariji Temple".