Ashta is a city and a municipality in Sehore district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.
Ashta is located at 23°01′N 76°43′E / 23.02°N 76.72°E. It has an average elevation of 519 metres (1702 feet and 4 hands).
Ashta is a small town which includes all facilities including hospital, school, cinema hall and road transport. Ashta anaj mandi (grain market)is ranked second largest mandi (market) in Madhya pradesh for the financial transaction taking place there. Apart from this Ashta is known for jain temple located at the small hill top called as "Kila" in local language. The jain temple have a statue of Jian tithankar "Neminath", which is believed to be more than 2000 years old. The jain temple belongs to shwetabar jain, which is one of the two division of jainism. Ashta has a river named "Parvati" which is the main source of water to the inhabitants there. Parvati is named as because it has a Shiv temple nearby which is also believed to be more than 3500 yr ago. Shiv is the name of Hindi God and Parvati is the name of his wife, and hence the river is named so. One interesting belief is there in ashta that in the month of sawan (Rainy season), the river parvati gets flooded with water and the water level rises until up to that level when it reaches foot of Shiv linga in the Shiv temple on its bank.
As of 2001census, Ashta's population was 59,773. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Ashta has an average literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 58% of the males and 42% of females literate. Seventeen percent (17%) of the population is under 6 years of age.
- ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Ashta
- ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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