Gondwana Kingdom

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Gondwana Kingdom was the ruling kingdom in Gondwana region of India. The Gondwana region includes core region of eastern part of the Vidarbha of Maharashtra, the parts of Madhya Pradesh immediately to the north of it, and parts of the west of Chhattisgarh. The wider region extends beyond these, also including parts of northern Telangana, western Odisha and southern Uttar Pradesh.

The Gondwana Kingdom was ruled by Rajgonds. The Rajgonds are the ruling class among the Gond tribe. The Gond Tribal is the dominating Community in Gondwana region. The name Gondwana named after Gondi people.

Gondwana means "Country inhabited by Gonds".

In early period Gondwana kingdom was consist of majorly four kingdoms The Northern Gondwana was Garha Katanga or Garha Mandla Kingdom of Jabalpur and Southern part was Chanda Kingdom of Chandrapur. The western past was Kherla Kingdom of Betul and in 16th century Devgarh Kingdom of Nagpur and Chhindwara emerged as a strong kingdom.[1]

The Gonds were first mentioned in 14th-century Muslim chronicles. From the 14th to the 18th century the area was held by powerful Gond dynasties, which during Mughal times remained independent or served as tributary chiefs. When in the 18th century the Gonds were conquered by the Marathas, the greater part of Gondwana was incorporated into the dominions of the Bhonsle rajas of Nagpur or the nizams of Hyderabad. Many Gonds took refuge in relatively inaccessible highlands and became tribal raiders. Between 1818 and 1853 the greater part of the region passed to the British, although in some minor states the Gond rajas continued to rule until Indian independence in 1947.


Deogad-Nagpur Kingdom[edit]

The second kingdom of Deogad (Chhindwada in Madhya Pradesh and Nagpur in Maharashtra), was created by King Jatba in the 15th century.[2] One of his successors, Bakht Buland Shah, converted to Islam to win the favour of emperor Aurangzeb. However, he did not demand conversion from his subjects and married a Gond woman. He fell into disfavour in Delhi after he plundered some Muslim kingdoms of Deccan. The city of Nagpur was founded by the king of Deogad Raja Bakht Buland Shah in 1702. The kingdom of Nagpur and later came under the rule of the Nagpur Bhonsles. [3]

Chanda Kingdom[edit]

The 10th ruler of the Gond dynasty of Chanda, Khadkya Ballal Shah (1472 -1497 CE), who made Chandrapur his capital. [4] The Chanda kingdom (Chandrapur in Maharashtra), a contemporary of the Kherla and Deogadh kingdoms, produced several remarkable rulers who developed excellent irrigation systems and the first well defined revenue system among the Gond kingdoms. [5]


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  2. ^ "History history and archeology of nagpur gond kingdom (deogarh) page 1". www.nagpurpeople.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Chronicles of Gonds and Bhosles of Nagpur". India Heritage Walks. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Chandrapur's Royal Gond Legacy". www.livehistoryindia.com. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ "The Gond kingdoms". www.downtoearth.org.in. Retrieved 30 December 2020.

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