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Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 23°50′N 79°27′E / 23.84°N 79.45°E / 23.84; 79.45Coordinates: 23°50′N 79°27′E / 23.84°N 79.45°E / 23.84; 79.45
Country India
StateMadhya Pradesh
595 m (1,952 ft)
 • Total126,219
 • Density148/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code07812
Vehicle registrationMP-34

Damoh is a city in the Sagar Division in north-eastern Madhya Pradesh in India. The city is located 250 kilometres (155 mi) east of the state capital, Bhopal.[1] The district is surrounded by Sagar in the West, Narsinghpur and Jabalpur in the South, Chhatarpur in the north, Panna & Katni in the east. It is the administrative headquarters of Damoh District.


Early history[edit]

Stone Age tools have been found in Singrampur Valley and it is believed that the area has been inhabited for thousands of years.[2] According to legend, Damoh was named for the Queen of Narvar Rani Damyanti, the wife of Raja Nal.[citation needed] Around the 5th century, it was part of the empire of Guptas of Pataliputra. This has been evidenced by plaques and coins, and monuments from the reigns of Samudragupta, Chandragupta I, and Skandgupta. From the 8th to 12th centuries, some parts of the Damoh district were in the Chedi Empire, ruled by the Kalchuri dynasty from its capital Tripuri. The temple at Nohta demonstrates Kalchuri's influence in the 10th century. Some regions of the district were under the Chandels of the Jejak-Bhukti.

The Sultans[edit]

Around the beginning of the 14th century, the administrative centre of the Chanderi province of the Khalji dynasty was moved to Damoh.

The era of Muslim rule began in the 14th century. Stone carvings at Salaiya and Batiyagarh mention Khalji and Tuglaq Sultans. The Sultan of Malwa later annexed the region.

Gond and Maratha rule[edit]

In the last quarter of the 15th century, Sangram Shah of the Gond dynasty annexed the region into his empire organized around 52 forts. This was an era of peace and prosperity for the region. In Singrampur, Rani Durgawati attained martyrdom battling against the Mughal Empire, represented by its General Asaf Khan and his army.

Bundelas entered the region for a brief time span, after which Marathas took over in 1732. Marathas remained in control until the British annexed the Marathas kingdom after the death of Peshwa in 1888. The Diwanji ki Talaiya and the Ram Mandir were constructed by the Maratha administrators.

Modern history[edit]

Damoh took part in the struggle for independence from the British. Under the leadership of Thakur Kishore Singh of Hindoria, Raja Devi Singh of Singrampur, Pancham Singh of Karijog, Gangadhar Rao, Raghunath Rao, Mejban Singh, and Govind Rao were among those who took part in the 1857 revolt.

In 1861, Damoh became part of Central Provinces under the British Empire in India and was demarcated as a separate district. By 1867, Damoh was constituted as a municipality with a population of about two million. The same year it was connected by railway to Jabalpur and Allahabad.

Damoh suffered from famine in 1896-97 and 1900. By 1899 the India Midland Railway had completed the construction of Sagar–Damoh link and Damoh–Katni links. Freedom fighter Seth Govind Das was jailed in Damoh in 1923, and wrote a number of Hindi plays while imprisoned. In 1929, Acharya Shantisagar visited Damoh, the first such visit by a Digambar Muni to Damoh after several centuries.[3]

In 1933, Mahatma Gandhi visited Damoh. In 1946, Sagar University was established as the region's primary centre for higher education.

In 1947, with India's independence from British Raj, the Central Provinces were reorganized as the state of Madhya Pradesh. The town of Damoh had its first-degree college established in 1961 by Shiksha Prasar Samiti, a volunteer organization.


Damoh is located at 23°53′N 79°27′E / 23.88°N 79.45°E / 23.88; 79.45.[4] It is at an average elevation of 595 metres (1,952 ft).

According to the 2001 India census,[5] Damoh city had a population of 112,160 (total urban population is 147,661). Males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. Damoh had an average literacy rate of 73%, above the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 89% and female literacy was 66%. 14% of the population was under 6 years of age.


Damoh city has a Nagar Paliaka Parishad with the elected head Mrs. Malti Asati.[6] tarun rathi is the current DM & Collector for the Damoh District.[7] The current Member of Legislative Assembly from Damoh constituency is Shri Rahul Singh[citation needed]


The town has a significant cattle-market and a number of small industries such as weaving, dyeing and pottery-making. The district of Damoh has an area of 7,306 km2 (2,821 sq mi). To the south and east, foothills and patches of jungle break up the countryside; otherwise the district consists of open plains of varying degrees of fertility, interspersed with low ranges and isolated heights with the richest tracts in the centre.


Damoh is connected by road to Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Saugor.

Damoh Railway Station (code: DMO) is the only railway station in the city. It serves a few trains for Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Amritsar, Harda, and Howrah, situated between Katni and Bina Junction.

Places of interest in District[edit]

  • Kundalpur, 35 km
  • Bandakpur Jageshwarnath Temple, 16 km
  • Hanuman mandir (Bhaursa), 18 km
  • Puratatva Sangrahalaya, Damyanti Kila
  • Rani Durgavati Abhyaran, 47 km near Singrampur
  • Rajnagar Fort, 7 km
  • Singhoregarh Fort, 62 km
  • Sadbhavna Shikhar-Nazara View Point, 59 km
  • Jain Temples of Chandi Choupra(37 km), Nohta & Sukha near Patharia


  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ "History | Damoh - A District of Madhya Pradesh - A City of Grace and Affection". www.damoh.nic.in. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ Charitra Chakravarti, Divakar, Sumeruchandra, 1953, Shanti Prakashan Sivni, p. 257-258
  4. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Damoh
  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  6. ^ Municipal Corporation President
  7. ^ collector profile

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