Islamnagar, Bhopal

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Islam Nagar
Chaman Mahal
Chaman Mahal
Islamnagar is located in Madhya Pradesh
Islamnagar is located in India
Coordinates: 23°21′17″N 77°25′02″E / 23.3547403°N 77.4171237°E / 23.3547403; 77.4171237Coordinates: 23°21′17″N 77°25′02″E / 23.3547403°N 77.4171237°E / 23.3547403; 77.4171237
StateMadhya Pradesh
485 m (1,591 ft)
 • Total3,638
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
2011 census code482390

Islamnagar is a panchayat village in the Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh, India.[1] It is located in the Huzur tehsil and the Phanda block.[2]

Formerly a fortified city, Islamnagar was the capital of the Bhopal princely state for a brief period. The ruins of the palaces built by Bhopal's founder Dost Mohammad Khan still exist at the site.

Islam Nagar Entrance Gate


Originally known as Jagadishpur, the place was founded by the local Rajput chieftains.[3] In the early 18th century, the place was captured and renamed to Islamnagar ("city of Islam") by Dost Mohammad Khan, the founder of the Bhopal princely state. Islamnagar was the original capital of the Dost Mohammad Khan's state.

In 1723, Dost Mohammad Khan had to surrender the Islamnagar fort to Nizam-ul-Mulk after a brief siege.[4] Khan was reduced to the position of a kiledar (fort commander) under the Nizam after a peace treaty. The Scindias controlled the Islamnagar fort from 1806 to 1817, when it was restored to Bhopal following a treaty.[5]

Several members of the royal family of Bhopal, including Shah Jahan Begum, were born in Islamnagar.


Islam Nagar lies on the Bhopal-Berasia road.


Islamnagar fort
Fort Wall Islamnagar

The ruins of Islamnagar fort can be found running through the farmlands of Islamnagar.

Chaman Mahal
Chaman Mahal with Garden.

Chaman Mahal ("Garden Palace") is a red sandstone structure built by Dost Mohammad Khan. It is surrounded by gardens and fountains, and is ornamented with floral motifs. The architecture is a synthesis of the Malwa-Mughal architecture, with Bengali-influenced drooping eaves. The ruined palace has a Mughal water garden and a hamam (Turkish bath).[3]

Rani Mahal
A part of the Rani Mahal.

Rani Mahal ("Queen Palace") is a double-storey zenana complex (female residence). It has a colonnaded Diwan-e-Aam.[3]


According to the 2011 census of India, Islamnagar has 724 households. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 77.52%.[6]


  1. ^ "List of Total Habitations with 100% Population Coverage". Integrated Management Information System (IMIS). Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ "RFP Document for Establishing Operating and Maintaining Lok Seva Kendra" (PDF). E-Governance Society Bhopal District. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Sarina Singh; Lindsay Brown; Mark Elliott; Paul Harding; Abigail Hole; Patrick Horton, eds. (2009), Lonely Planet India, Country Guide Series (13, illustrated ed.), Lonely Planet, p. 694, ISBN 978-1-74179-151-8
  4. ^ Shaharyar M. Khan (2000). The Begums of Bhopal (illustrated ed.). I.B.Tauris. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-86064-528-0.
  5. ^ Imperial gazetteer of India: provincial series, Volume 12. 1908.
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook - Bhopal" (PDF). 2011 Census of India. Directorate of Census Operations, Madhya Pradesh. Retrieved 20 July 2015.