Dantewada

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This article is about the municipality in India. For its namesake district, see Dantewada district.
Dantewada
city
Dantewada is located in Chhattisgarh
Dantewada
Dantewada
Coordinates: 18°54′00″N 81°21′00″E / 18.9000°N 81.3500°E / 18.9000; 81.3500Coordinates: 18°54′00″N 81°21′00″E / 18.9000°N 81.3500°E / 18.9000; 81.3500
Country  India
State Chhattisgarh
District Dantewada
Elevation 351 m (1,152 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 6,632
Languages
 • Official Hindi, Chhattisgarhi
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.[1] 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.

Geography[edit]

Dantewada is located at 18°54′00″N 81°21′00″E / 18.9000°N 81.3500°E / 18.9000; 81.3500.[2] It has an average elevation of 351 meters (1154 feet).

Administrative divisions[edit]

Dantewada Tehsil is divided into thirty-one gram panchayats, each one of which has jurisdiction over one or more villages.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[4] 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.

Policy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Notable Person[edit]

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