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Tumsar is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 21°23′N 79°44′E / 21.38°N 79.73°E / 21.38; 79.73Coordinates: 21°23′N 79°44′E / 21.38°N 79.73°E / 21.38; 79.73
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Bhandara
 • MLA Charan Waghmare
Elevation 272 m (892 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 44,869
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 441912
Telephone code 91-7183
Vehicle registration MH36
Website www.facebook.com/tumsar
CSC Tumsar

Tumsar is a city and Municipal Council in the Bhandara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city's name comes from a fish, "tum", that was discovered in the area.


Tumsar is located at 21°23′N 79°44′E / 21.38°N 79.73°E / 21.38; 79.73.[2] It has an average elevation of 272 metres (892 feet).

Tumsar is approximately 35 km from Bhandara, 60 km from Gondia and 100 km from Nagpur. It is 700 km from Bhopal, 920 km from Delhi, 1000 km from Kolkata and 980 km from Mumbai and Indore.

The town has several lakes. Tumsar once had a severe drinking water crisis, but later drinking water from the Vainganga was directed to the town. In summer water is supplied to the city through the borehole in Durga Colony, Tumsar.


Tumsar is also known as Rice Nagri, and was previously known as Kuber Nagari. Shri Bishan Das Kochhar, a member of Ghadar Party floated by Lala Hardayal, settled in Tumsar in 1932. He was a graduate in electrical engineering from Washington State University, and first Asian to have topped the university. He hailed from Nurmahal Dist Jalandhar, Punjab. He established Mahalaxmi Rice Mill near Ganj Bazar, where presently his grandson Dr. Santosh Kochhar, MD runs one of the most modern Cardiac and General Nursing Homes in Central India. For over 50 years Dr. Bishan Das Kochhar fondly called Babuji by Tumsar citizens gave free homoeopathic Medical Care to all and sundry, and people flocked to him for his charitable expertise. Shri Anandrao Makde Guruji was famous freedom fighter, who floated Rashtriya School in Tumsar. After independence he became minister under Congress Government in C.P. Many young people from Tumsar, under the guidance of the late freedom fighter Shri Govindrao Ganpat Nawkarkar, joined the freedom movement under Mahatma Gandhi in 1946. Some prominent freedom fighters from Tumsar include shri shanbhu ji lanjewar, Shri Ram Lanjewar, Shri Bhiwaji Lanjewar, Shri Hemraj Sakharwade Shri Gaidhane and Shri Mehar.


Tumsar celebrates several main festivals. These are Kanuba, Kanhaiya Pujan, Durga Pujan, Ganpati Utsav, Pola (Marbat), Dasara, Diwali,Ram navami, Holi and Budhha Jayanti. Tumsar also began celebrating ShobhaYatra in 2005. In the era immediately after Independence, the Gandhi Jayanthi Saptah was also celebrated and Bengali Kali Puja is celebrated during Diwali by Bengali Samiti Tumsar.

During the Kanuba and Rakshabandhan festival, which takes place during the holy Shrawana month, bhujli is exchanged as a mark of respect and love.


Tumsar was once a large market for scented rice, but the market has declined in recent years. There are about 21 rice mills in Tumsar. Tumsar is also home to one of the biggest grain mandi, APMC. Tumsar is known as Rice city.

Before the nationalisation of the manganese ore mines located near the town, the town had many wealthy residents who owned giant bungalows and residential complexes.

There are few employment opportunities available in Tumsar, as the town is far from the capital of Maharashtra. The area is known for the manufacturing of beedis, from which poor residents make their living. Other than beedi, several companies have factories and offices in Tumsar. The FACOR Group of Andhra Pradesh has an office with about 40-50 staff, and Uni Deritend Castings Ltd., at Maneck Nagar is another prominent employer. There are also rice mills and sugar factories that employ some local residents,and main industry is Alloy manufacturing plant called Uni ferro Alloy is main source of income for local people,apart from these small scale industries like milk products and filtering alloy stuffs added few points to economy of Tumsar.


Tumsar Town railway station is located on Tirodi Line, which transports manganese ore from MOIL's Chikla, Dongri and Tirodi mines. The main railway station, Tumsar Road (Dewhadi), is 5 km away from the town on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. Two trains connect Trivandrum with Tumsar, running 3–4 days a week with AC coaches. Several Express and Mail trains also stop at Tumsar. Tumsar also owns MSRTC Bus Depot.

Tumsar is connected by roads to all nearby villages and major cities such as Bhandara, Gondia, Nagpur and Amravati.

Tourist attractions[edit]

"Gaymookh" is a place of worship for devotees of Lord Shiva worship, also known as Chhota Mahadeo in the eastern Vidarbha region and part of Madhya Pradesh. There is also a big Holi Jatra during Mahashivratri festival. Gaymookh is 18 km from Tumsar. Ambagarh Killah Forest Talab

"Chandpur" is place as a gift of nature surrounded by hills of Satpura Range and Jungle. Chandpur Dam, is an earthfill dam on Chandpur river near Tumsar in State of Maharashtra in India.The height of the dam above lowest foundation is 19 m (62 ft) while the length is 1,051 m (3,448 ft). The volume content is 80.36 km3 (19.28 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 29,025.00 km3 (6,963.47 cu mi).Chandpur is famous for Awakened Lord Hanuman Temple situated on the hill. The Hanuman Statue is 8 feet in height which is self originated. People come here to get peace of mind.Chandpur is 21 km from Tumsar & 120 km from Nagpur.

"Madgi" is another a place of worship for devotees of Narasimha a Lord Vishnu's avatar, the temple situated on the big rock in the middle of Wainganga river.Madgi is just 8 km from Tumsar & 105 km from Nagpur.

In Mohadi, which is a nearby place, there is a famous temple of Goddess Durga. Navratri is celebrated with zeal here.

One very old temple called Nagjhira Temple of Lord Shiva is situated 5 km from Tumsar.


As of the 2011 census, Tumsar had a population of 44,869 living in 9,668 households.[1] The population was 51% male and 49% female. Tumsar's literacy rate was 85%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy was 85%, female literacy 83%. In Tumsar, 15% of the population was under six years of age.

Most Tumsar residents are Hindu, particularly of Teli, Kunbi, Powar Community, but other religions are also represented. The main language is Marathi, and most people also speak Hindi.

Despite a population of 45000 Tumsar boasts a quite cosmpolitian population. People from most of Indian communities are found in Tumsar .


There are four CBSE schools and many state board schools. Students from Tumsar as well as from Mohadi, Tiroda and neighbouring areas of Madhya Pradesh come to the town for education.


1. Lokmanya Tilak Rastriya School
2. Nehru High School.
3. Indutai Memorial High School.& Jr.college 4. Makde high school
5. Malviya School (Oldest).
6. R.S.S.G.K. Agrwal HIGH SCHOOL & Junior College TUMSAR.
7. Sharda Vidyalaya & Girls Jr. College Bajaj Nagar Tumsar.
8. Kasturba Girls High School.
9. Nikhade Primary School.
10. Dhangare Primary School.
11. Maharshi Vidya Mandir.
13. Janta High School.
14. Primary School Shahar Vibhag.
15. Shirinbai Neterwala School, Madgi.
16. Govt Technical High school.
17. U.S.A. Vidhaya Niketan School Shri Ram Bhawan Campus Tumsar.
18. Progressive English Medium High School.
19. Bharti Kanya High School.
20. Vishal High School.
21. Matoshri Vidya Mandir 22. Father Agel High School 23. Janata High School 24. Bangalkar Primary School 25. Janta Jr College 26. St. John Mission English Medium High School & Jr College. 27 .sai center school, Tumsar 28. S. N. Mor Arts, Commerce and Smt. G. D. Saraf Science College, Tumsar. 29. DAV (MOIL) Public school, Chikhala (22 k.m.from Tumsar)CBSE Pattern 30. Sant Ravidas Primary School Tumsar, ravidas nagar tumsar 31. Shagun Convent, Durga Nagar, Tumsar 32. gandhi primary school

Higher education[edit]

1. Manoharbhai Patel College of Education, (S. N. Mor Arts,Commerce & Smt. G. D. Saraf Science College Campus) Tumsar.
2. Smt. Gopikabai Bhure Mahila Mahavidyalaya.
3. Vivekanand Polytechnic, SitaSaongi (20 km away)

4. Maa Durga, ITI

5. Swami Vivekanand college of Technical Education(I.T.I) Tumsar Road(Dewhadi). 6 . hi tech mobile repairing institute

For higher education students mainly go to Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. The college in the town, S.N. Mor, is affiliated with Nagpur University and provides bachelors degrees in arts, commerce and science subjects as well as masters degrees in arts and commerce.

Tumsar has provided many scholars to the country. The late Dr. Ghanshyam Malewar, for example, was the first PhD scientist in agriculture science. There are also many engineers from Tumsar, working in areas such as power, irrigation, public works, railways, and the military. There are also physicians and IT professionals from Tumsar that are respected in India and abroad, as well as teachers who stay in Tumsar


Kabbadi, the national game, was often played in Tumsar in the past, along with Atyapatya during Holi. In modern times, cricket is popular.


There are several NGOs and Social Organisations in Tumsar, such as Agrasen Navyuvak Mandal, the JCI-Tumsar (Junior Chamber International, an organization that conducts professional development trainings), the

Lions Club of Tumsar

Hema Nirjesh Verma carrier & Guidance center Near Durga Mandir Rly Gate TUMSAR Bold text'

Yugandhar Yuva Sanskrutik Aani Krida Mandal (युगांधर युवा सांस्कृतिक आणि क्रिडा मंडळ) as Yugandhar Group (युगांधर समूह) in Sihora village (13 km from Tumsar) also participates in social engagement.[3]


No major leaders have been born in Tumsar since independence.


  1. ^ a b "Sub-District Details". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Tumsar
  3. ^ Anand Malewar