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Nagda is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 23°27′11″N 75°24′54″E / 23.453°N 75.415°E / 23.453; 75.415Coordinates: 23°27′11″N 75°24′54″E / 23.453°N 75.415°E / 23.453; 75.415
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Ujjain
 • Total 120 km2 (50 sq mi)
Elevation 529 m (1,736 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 116,525
 • Density 80/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 456331-5

Nagda is a city in Ujjain district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is an industrial town in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh and is situated on the bank of Chambal River.

The name of the town was actually nag-dah which means cremation/burning (dah) of snakes (nag). The ancient city was developed by king Janmejay. Janmejay was a Hindu King of Pandava Dynasty. Nagda was mentioned in the literature of Kalidasa. Presently, Nagda is a major industrial town having manufacturing unit of Viscose fibre, thermal power plant and a chemical plant, It is a major ISO granted railway junction on the Delhi–Mumbai railway line. It is exactly 694 km from both Delhi and Mumbai.

Prior to being an industrial town, Nagda was a small village. The location near river Chambal and availability of acres of land attracted Ghanshyam Das Birla to set up a major facility. Today Nagda is one of the largest viscose staple fiber manufacturers in Asia.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Nagda had a population of 116,525. Nagda has an average literacy rate of 81.16%, above than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 89.47%, and female literacy is 73.37%. In Nagda, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Religions in Nagda
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%).


Nagda represents great culture of Malwa. The culture of Nagda encompasses both the traditional Malwa culture as well as a modern, progressive People from multiple religions and speaking different regional languages reside here. It also hosts various events throughout the year.


Generally people of Nagda are humble and food lovers. There are many places where people do gossip all the day. They keep keen observation on the political and social issues. Most of the people are very aggressive and emotional on the political topics and social issues. Today, Nagda has a diverse industrial population from other states like UP and Bihar. Most of them are factory workers. Most of the people belong to lower middle class who believe on hard work and social justice.


People of the Nagda are very religious. They take part in the religious activity with full of joy. People celebrate every festival like Diwali, Dussehra, Navratri, Holi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mahavir Jayanti Hanuma jayanti & Christmas. Apart away of these festivals city celebrates “Dhol Gyaras”( Dhol is the musical instrument like drum) and gyaras(Ekadasi) with joy. Dhol gyaras celebrates just prior of on Anant Chaturdashi. It is an one night event in which mobile temples run in the city that called झान्की (jhanki) in the local language. The set of the pehalwans from different Akhara show their bravery in the front of the mobile temples. Bunch of Dhol artists play their drums in a continues rhythms. Festival culminates in a carnival-like procession where people dance, play and enjoy whole night.


Hinduism is the dominant religion in Nagda. Many temples and Masjids, Jain temples,Catholic church and other religious buildings are found throughout the city. The most prominent communities include Rajpoot, Gurjar, Brahmin, Marwaris, Viswakarma, Marwari Jains, along with the local communities. The most prominent Hindu temple in Nagda is Birla Mandir.

Food & Cuisines[edit]

Nagda has a variety of foods and cuisines. City starts its day with the Tea, Poha, Jalebi, Samosa & kachodi. The Ratlami Sev is a common snacks often serves with meal and dinner. Dal baati is the food of the MALWA. It is commonly served at all festivities, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies, and parties . "Dal-Baati ", is a combination of two different food items - Dal (lentils), Baati. It is a typical Malwa dish. Dal is made of lentils and can be little bit spicy. Baati baked or a grilled ball of wheat flour dough.Ghee is an important ingredient in all the two items.

Social Activities[edit]

People of city often show their commitments and interests in the social welfare and social activities. Currently bunch of NGO’s like SNEH (Special Need Education Home), Social welfare clubs like Lions Club Nagda are being run in city since many years & Rajsthan Navuvak Mandal working from last 45 years.Apart away of them many local platforms like “Kirana Vayapari Sang”,”Jeevdaya Manav Smiti” are also available which represent their commitments towards the mankind. These clubs are conducting various charity programs like 'Rehabilitation camps','Free heath checkups', 'Blood banks','Free distribution of Handicapped Tricycle for disabled people','Water huts','Free Study material distribution for poor children's','Free food facility in the hospitals' &'Free blanket distribution program for homeless people' etc.


People of Nagda are very conscious about education for their children’s. City has many schools like AGOSHDEEP International Public School, Mother mary higher secondary school, Bharat commerce school, Aditiya Birla Public School,Fatima Convent School,Grasim HS School,jigyasa convent school, Global Academy,Gurukul vidhya mandir H.S. School.In which ABPS School is the pioneer of many successful people of malwa region and across the country.

Higher Education[edit]

Most colleges in Nagda are affiliated to the Vikram University .City's most prominent college is“Nagda Government College” near Rupeta village.


The main source of the jobs is Grasim industries. Apart away of jobs people do own business like retail stores . Nagda has sufficient numbers of transports corporations and ferms to fulfill demand and supply of industrial raw materials in the area. Youth’s of the city have to go outside for higher study and job search due to lack of opportunities. Now City has affected by Brain Drain. Most of the youth are heading towards Indore, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai for better opportunities.

Picnic Spots[edit]

Nagda has many good Picnic spots like Birla Mandir, Atal Garden, Banbna Taalab, Mukestewar Mahadev Mandir, DelanPur, & Nayan Dam.



Nagda is situated on the basin of river Chambal. It is an important junction station of Western Railways, which connect Delhi-Mumbai main line with Bhopal. It is an important halt for all trains that are bound for Jaipur, Mumbai,Delhi & Bhopal. The main lines passing through Nagda Junction are : • Mumbai- New Delhi line via Kota Junction ( broad gauge line).


Nagda has a one Air strip which is rarely used by Grasim Management & Politician at their visit. The nearest airport locates in Indore above 110 km from the city.


The Road Transport has improved a lot after many efforts of local leaders Thaverchand Gehlot (Cabinet minister in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in Narendra Modi's government 2014 )Dilip Gurjar (Ex MLA)& Dilip Shekhawat(MLA).[2] Now Nagda has better and easy connectivity with NH79 via jaora. The distance between Nagda and other important cities are following : •Nagda to Indore 110 km (Time 2:15 Hours) •Nagda to Ujjain 60 km (Time 1:00 Hour ) •Nagda to Ratlam 44 km (Time 0:45 Hour ) •Nagda to Jaora 42 km (Time 0:40 Hour )


Due to having a major industrial area. City is continuously affected by Air pollution and it has become serious concern for people.It is causing of many diseases and damaging to other living organisms such as food crops around city area.


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ matter of discussion, these names are being written for their good political will, not for any political advantages and it should be consider for betterment of an area.