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Hinganghat is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 20°34′N 78°50′E / 20.57°N 78.83°E / 20.57; 78.83Coordinates: 20°34′N 78°50′E / 20.57°N 78.83°E / 20.57; 78.83
Country India
 • TypeDemocracy
 • BodyHinganghat Municipal council
 • Total36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Area rank5 Wardha district
217 m (712 ft)
 • Total45,000
 • Rank104th Maharashtra
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code07153
Vehicle registrationMH-32
Sex ratio936 /

Hinganghat is a city in Wardha district of the Indian state of Maharashtra.Hinganghat is the biggest city of Wardha district, in terms of area and population as well. The city is administered by a municipal council and is located about 34 km (21 mi) from Wardha and 75 km (47 mi) from Maharashtra's second capital Nagpur. Hinganghat is surrounded on two sides by the wana River, which provides natural resources. National Highway 7, a part of the North-South Corridor, passes through the city. Hinganghat is located in the fertile Wardha Valley; it was historically a centre of the Indian cotton trade and a major centre for grains. The tehsil of Hinganghat comprises about 27 villages. The main language spoken in Hinganghat is Marathi. Hinganghat is the ninth biggest city in Vidharbha region of Maharashtra and rank 748 in India [According to 2011 census]. Baba Amte, the social worker who helped people suffering from leprosy, was born in Hinganghat.


Hinganghat is 1500 years old. The City was named Dandungram in the century 5 CE. Reign of Rani Prabhavati Gupta, the queen of the Vakataka Dynasty, was also here. The new name Hinganghat fall because of the availability of Hing (assafoetida) trees and ghats of wena river. The Development of Hinganghat was followed by the British and the Municipal Council of Hinganghat which was established 17 May 1873. The first water tank here was built in 1873. The Municipal Council's Hall was built in 1904. The first Election of the Municipal Council was held in the year 1927. The Wena Dam was created by Municipal Council. Presently, seven water tanks are available. The city was historically a major center of cotton and soyabean oil. Presently, Hinganghat is a largest industrial hub in Wardha District and ranking 4th in the Nagpur Division. The Dal mills and oil mills are also available here.


Hinganghat is located at 20°34′N 78°50′E / 20.57°N 78.83°E / 20.57; 78.83.[2] The city has an average elevation of 215 m (705 ft) above sea level, which is low in comparison to the surrounding region. So, the Wena river flows throughout the year and helps the city face no drought. Apart from the river, the average depth of ground water is around 120 ft (37 m). The Hinganghat APMC market ranks second in the Vidarbha region.[citation needed]

The city is a hub of India's cotton industry.There is also a soybean oil industry and numerous small to medium scale dal mills and oil mills in the vicinity of Hinganghat.[citation needed]Hinganghat is the largest industrial hub in Wardha District.


In 2011, Hinganghat's population is approximately 100,400 where in 2015 it was approximately 129,567 and according to that year's census.[3] Males constituted 52% of the population. Hinganghat's average literacy rate of 94% was higher than the Indian national average of 74%. The male literacy rate was 97% and female literacy rate was 90%. According to the Times of India, Hinganghat has the highest literacy rate of any city in Maharashtra.[4] Literacy data analysed by UNICEF for cities with populations of more than 100,000 puts Hinganghat at the top, with a literacy rate of 94.34%, followed by Wardha (94.05%), Panvel (93.98%) and Gondia (93.70%).[5]


The Temple of the Goddess Amba is an example of the religious architecture of the Vidarbha region. According to a local legend, when Lord Krishna abducted the Rukmini from her wedding ceremony, he used a tunnel from Ambadevi temple to Koundinyapur. Hinganghat is home to the world's largest statue of Lord Pandurang, which is 16 metres (52 ft) tall.[citation needed]

Bansilal Kochar developed the Jain temple in 1955, one of the beautiful temples of the Vidarbha region.[citation needed] The decorations of the temple are made of glass.

In Hinganghat, Garba is worshipped in Mata Mandir, "a temple of Mata Devi". It is the most important place in Navratri in Hinganghat and the oldest temple in the city and the landspace was donated by Ganpatro Sadashiv Mawle.[citation needed]

Religions in Hinganghat
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes People with no particular religion.


Hinganghat Railway station

The Hinganghat railway station lies on the main Delhi to Chennai railway line. It is the major railway station in the region.Express services include the Navjeevan, Nandigram, Dadar, Dakshin, G.T., Raptisagar Expresses, and Chennai Express. Nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur which is 70 km away from city centre.National Highway 7 passes through Hinganghat.

Agriculture Research Centre[edit]

Agriculture research station, Kutki is situated in Hinganghat on Pandharakwada road, which is national highway no. 7. The distance of this research station from Hinganghat bus stop is 9 km away while from Hinganghat railway station it is 7 km. Kutki is the nearby village of this station which is only half km away from this station. While going to Hinganghat from Wardha there is need not to go to Hinganghat to approach this station, but by turning right before of Hinganghat on Pandhrkawada road the station is just 4 km away. A Wana river is there 1.5 km away from station. By lift irrigation system the water is used for 33.52 Ha area of this station. More irrigation efforts are undergoing. About 19 research trials were conducted in this year Many of it was multivarietal trials while some were inorganic trial. Inorganic trials are conducted from the year 2005-2006. This is the identified station for multivarietal trials.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Baba Amte, a social worker and activist known particularly for his work with people suffering from leprosy, was born in Hinganghat on 24 December 1914.
  • William Lambton, a British soldier, surveyor, and geographer, died in Hinganghat on 19 January 1823 while working on the Great Trigonometric Survey.
  • Sunil Pal[citation needed], the winner of Laughter Challenge-1 comedy show.
  • Vaishali Made, winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, an Indian musical reality TV Show.
  • Nisha Mohota, an Indian chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is the first WGM from the State of West Bengal. She became the then youngest Woman International Master (WIM) in April 1995 at the age of 14 years, 6 months and 13 days on April 26, 1995.
  • D.P. Kothari is an educationist and professor who has held leadership positions at engineering institutions in India including IIT Delhi, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and VIT University, Vellore.


  1. ^ "Maharashtra (India): Districts, Cities, Towns and Outgrowth Wards - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts". citypopulation.de.
  2. ^ "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. – Hinganghat". Fallingrain.com. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Hinganghat City Population Census 2011 | Maharashtra". Census2011.co.in. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  4. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Nagpur-most-literate-among-states-big-cities/articleshow/15845182.cms
  5. ^ "UNICEF data puts Nagpur above Mumbai, Pune in literacy rate in state". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.pdkv.ac.in/?page_id=4375#sthash.EnCtvLRu.dpuf

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