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For the town in the Vidisha district, see Pabai.
Pawai is located in Madhya Pradesh
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 24°16′N 80°10′E / 24.27°N 80.17°E / 24.27; 80.17Coordinates: 24°16′N 80°10′E / 24.27°N 80.17°E / 24.27; 80.17
Country  India
State Madhya Pradesh
District Panna
Elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 12,003
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Pawai (Hindi: पवई) is a town and a nagar panchayat in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. It is mostly surrounded by rocky area.


Pawai is located at 24°16′N 80°10′E / 24.27°N 80.17°E / 24.27; 80.17.[1] It has an average elevation of 344 metres (1128 feet). Pawai is the administrative headquarters of Pawai tehsil, one of the largest tehsils of Panna district. It is situated on the bank of River Patne (Devanāgarī देवनागरी- पतने नदी)


It is having alongside the famous Mata Kalehi Temple (Devanāgarī देवनागरी- कलेही माता). Pawai is also having an old Hanuman Temple Known as Hanuman Bhata (Devanāgarī देवनागरी- हनुमान भाटा). Under the pawai taluka a very interested thing this Kuataal mela in every chatr Ram navmi near the Badkhera & Banouli gram about 30 km. from pawai .This mela is very largest in madhya pradesh mela. Pawai is surrounded by Hills.The new wortwatch place is newly stablish as lord SHIVA murti which is 24 fit high


Pawai is well connected by road from Katni (60 km) and its district headquarters Panna (62 km). Bus facility is available from both the places on an hourly basis, the nearest railway Station being Katni Junction (60 km.) and Satna.Bus stand serves as a medium of transportation to the people living there to other villages and cities. Other places from where one can reach by bus route are Satna, Chhatarpur, Jhasi (via Chhatarpur) and Jabalpur.The nearest airport is the DUMNA Airport in Jabalpur which is 150 km from pawai The best time to visit is during winters (October to February).


As of 2001 India census,[2] Pawai had a population of 12,003. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Pawai has an average literacy rate of 57%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 65%, and female literacy is 47%. In Pawai, 19% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Agriculture is main source of the livelihood and due to lack of irrigation facilities people depend on a single crop. People are mainly dependent on monsoons for crops. Most cultivated crops are Wheat, Grams, Pulses.


Pawai is known for some disciplined and developing schools in panna,among these are Saraswati Higher Secondary school and Govt.Higher Secondary School. Saraswati H S school run by Saraswati Shiksha Parisad, Madhya Pradesh is well known in the division for discipline, culture and giving Merits in Board Exams. Govt. H S school having one of best NCC Wing and teaching faculty in the division, but still there are gaps between modern era and teaching at these schools, which these schools would be soon able to fulfill, so as to increase literacy rate in division. Gyanodaya convt. school, the only English medium school of pawai,makes student confident to face upcoming challenges, gives environment of being in some good public school. Govt. PG college,is one of well known college in the division.


Sub-Tropical climate. Summers are somewhat scorching and temperature touches 40–45 Celsius. Winters are cold and comfortable and the min temperature generally remains under 8°C. Monsoon touches this region in June and continues till mid-September.

Places of interest[edit]

Mata Kalehi Temple, situated alongside river of Patne, is famous temple among visitors, also known for its annual festival, pawai mela in the area. The area where the river patne and Mata Kalehi Temple is situated is known as Kalehan. Pawai is also having an old Hanuman Temple Known as Hanuman Bhata (Devanāgarī देवनागरी- हनुमान भाटा). Pyramid shaped hillock known as Toriya is also well known among visitors.There is also a Jain temple which is very famous. Silver Fall(regionally known as Chande) (approx 10 km) during Monsoon season, it is full of greenery and flanked by dargah of Baba Jhoolan Shah.Pawai have an other interesting place named Panni naala next distance 3 km from silver fall.

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