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|• Total||2,691 km2 (1,039 sq mi)|
|Elevation||420 m (1,380 ft)|
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Datia is the district headquarters of the Datia District in north central Madhya Pradesh, a state of Central India. It is an ancient town, mentioned in the Mahabharata as Daityavakra. The town is 69 km from Gwalior, 325 km south of New Delhi and 320 km north of Bhopal. About 15 km from Datia is Sonagiri, a sacred Jain hill. Datia is also about 34 km from Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh and 52 km from Orchha. The nearest airport is at Gwalior. It was formerly the seat of the eponymous princely state in the British Raj. Datia is situated near Gwalior and on the border with Uttar Pradesh (U.P.); the town of Jhansi in U.P. is only about 25 km away.
The old town is surrounded by a stone wall, enclosing beautiful palaces and gardens. The 17th-century palace of Bir Singh Deo is a notable example of the Hindu domestic architecture of North India. The town serves as a market center for grains and cotton products. Handloom weaving is an important industry. Datia has several important landmarks and is famous for the seven-story palace built by Raja Beer Singh Deo in 1614. The town is also a thriving pilgrimage spot for religious devotees. There are many temples including the Sidhapeeth of Shri Peetambhara Devi, Buglamukhi Devi Temple, and Gopeshwar Temple. Peetambra Peeth is a famous Shaktipitha located at the entrance of Datia. This pilgrimage spot is located about 1 km from Datia Bus Station and 3 km from Datia Railway Station on the Delhi-Chennai main line and features Buglamukhi Devi Temple. The Dhumavati Main Temple, established by Shri Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj, is here as well as Vankhandeshwar temple, a Mahabharat period temple of Lord Shiva.
The state was founded in 1549. Rao Bhagwan Rao, 1st Rao of Datia and Baroni 1626/1656, received Datia and Baroni from his father, Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha in 1626, and established his own state. After he died in 1676, the state came under British control with other territories in Bundelkhand under the Treaty of Bassein in 1802. The treaty was formed with the Peshwa. The ancient title of the ruling family was Maharaja Rao Raja, but in 1865 the British Government recognized only the title of Maharaja as hereditary. For the British, the Peshwa maintained a military force consisting of 945 cavalry, 5203 infantry, and 3 million guns.
The motto of the royal family was Wir dalap Sharandah ("Lord of the Brave Army, Giver of Refuge"). In 1896-97, the state suffered from famine, and again to a lesser extent in 1899-1900. After India's independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Datia acceded the dominion of India, which later merged with the Union of India. Datia, together with the rest of the Bundelkhand agency, became part of the new state of Vindhya Pradesh in 1950. In 1956, the Vindhya Pradesh state was merged with certain other areas to form the state of Madhya Pradesh within the Union of India.
Datia is located at  It has an average elevation of 302 metres (990 feet)..
As of the 2011 India census, Datia had a population of 100,466. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Datia has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 75% and female literacy is 60%. In Datia, 15% of the population is under six years of age.
- Govt PG College affiliated with Jiwaji University Gawalior (MP).
- Excel IT Institute For Professional Studies
- Aspirant Institute For Professional Studies
- RASS-JB College of Professional Studies Datia
- Under the single umbrella of SRI there are five colleges providing world class education in various disciplines i.e. engineering, pharmacy, BEd and D.Ed., nursing and allied sciences. All the institutes and colleges are set up and run by Shri Ramraja Sarkar Lok Kalyan Trust, an autonomous foundation which is a registered, charitable trust functioning through a Board of Governors and a Board of Trustees.
- Shri Rawatpura Group of Colleges (SRGOC) consists the following institutions:-
- Shri Rawatpura Institute of Technology & Science (SRITS)
- Shri Rawatpura Institute of Management Sciences (SRIMS)
- Shri Rawatpura Institute of Pharmacy (SRIP)
- Shri Rawatpura College of Nursing (SRCN)
- Shri Rawatpura College of Physical Education (SRSCPE)
- Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Collage of Science & Education (SRCSE)
- Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Polytechnic College (SRPC)
- Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Shri Rawatpura Sarkar Snatak Mahavidhyalaya (SRSMV)
- School of excellence Datia
- Aspirant International School (Dedicated to Change Your Luck)
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir Bharatgarh
- Holy Cross Ashram School
- Rani Laxmibai Public School
- Little Flower School, Rajgarh Choraha
- Government Higher Secondary School No.1
- Government Higher Secondary School No 2
- Government Girl School
- Rajeev Vidyalaya
- Mahila Samiti School
- Rass JB professional studies
- Bhaskar School(OP Gupta) in Bundela colony
- College of Advanced Studies
- St. Kolbe School, Indergarh
- Gurukul public school
- Lord Krishna Public School
- Awasthi Computer Center
- Guidance public school Indergarh
- Vidyaashray School Indergarh 9827210405
Sites of interest
Datia is best known for the Pitambara Peeth (Peetambra Peeth), a famous shaktipitha located at the entrance of Datia. This pilgrimage spot features Bagalamukhi Devi Temple and Dhumavati Mai Temple, established by Shri Golokwasi Swamiji Maharaj. Vankhandeshwar, a Mahabharat period temple of Lord Shiva, is also situated here. Temple of the goddess Peetaambara Bagalamukhi and Jain temples are located at Sonagiri. Sonagiri is located 9 miles from Datia and is well connected by road and train. It has white marble Jain temples.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Datia
- "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.
- Shri Rawatpura Group of Colleges