|Elevation||351 m (1,152 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, Chhattisgarhi|
|• Other||Gondi, Telugu, Koya|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Dantewada (also known as Dantewara) (Hindi: दंतेवाडा) is a town and a nagar panchayat in the Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Dantewada District.
The town is named after the goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the Danteshwari Temple located in the town, 80 km from the Jagdalpur tehsil. The goddess is worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is held to be one of the fifty-two sacred Shakti Peethas.
Dantewada is located at  It has an average elevation of 351 meters (1154 feet)..
As of 2001[update] India census, Dantewada had a population of 6,632. Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Dantewada had an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 78% and, female literacy was 61%. In 2001 in Dantewada, 14% of the population was under 6 years of age.
Over the last year, more than 350 people have been killed and 50,000 moved into camps in the Dantewada district, as a result of a battle between Maoist (Naxalite) rebels and an Indian government-funded militia called Salwa Judum.
Formed in 2005, Salwa Judum translates as "purification hunt", and hundreds of thousands of tribal villagers have been caught in the crossfire between Salwa Judum and the Maoists.
Maoists claim the state-backed Salwa Judum is trying to take the land from tribal villagers and hand it over to big corporations to develop.
- Dantewada district profile
- Falling Rain Genomics.Dantewara
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