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Sanawad is an Indian town on the bank of the Bakud River. It is a popular center for the trade of cotton and chili peppers and is also noted for its Jain temples.


According to 2001 census of India , Sanawad had a population of approximately 50,000. At that time, the gender breakdown was 52% male and 48% female. Sanawad had an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy was 86% and female literacy was 72%. Additionally, 14% of the population was under the age of six.


Primary and Secondary Education:

  • M D Jain H S School
  • Vimala Convent School
  • Saraswati Vidhya Mandir Sree rewa Gurjar School

List of Universities and Colleges:

  • Government Polytechnic College, Sanawad
  • Government College for Commerce and Science
  • Private College of Science


The local economy of Sanawad is primarily based on agriculture and trading. The main crops are cotton, chili, wheat, and soybean.


The city of Sanawad was originally known as Senud. It is also known as the "City of Mela". There are five Jain temples in the city.

Sanawad was home to the freedom fighters Brij Mohan Sharma (also known as Birju Seth), Kamal Chand Jain (or Master Saab), Shri Durgashankar Patidar and Jagdeesh Vidyarthi; all of whom were active in opposing the continued British rule.


Sanawad has several cultural sites as well as the Namokar Dham garden, which is near the Jain temple Podumpuram as well as religious sites such as Omkareshwar. Next to Sanawad is a lake called Motakka. In December of each year a Mela is held in Sanawad.

The Piranpir Dargah, known for its caste unity, is situated in Sanawad.

Other nearby towns[edit]

Mundi Khandwa, Barwaah, Maheswer, Kargoan.

Katora—26 km.