|District||Agar Malwa district|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||MP 70|
|Sex ratio||1000/944 ♂/♀|
Soyatkalan or Soyat Kalan or Soyat is a town and a Nagar Parishad in Agar Malwa district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is located on the Indore – Kota highway at the bank of Kanthal River and which continue with Kalisindh river later and Surrounded by the Rajasthan border from three sides, it is a well-known center of transport business between the two states.
As of 2001[update] India census, Soyat Kalan had a population of 13,576. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Soyat Kalan has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 51%. In Soyat Kalan, 16% of the population is under 6 years of age. Soyat Kalan is drained by Kanthyal and Kalisindh rivers.
With more than a hundred Hindu temples, Soyatkalan has been famous in the local area for many years. Some of the most famous temples in town are Chausath Yogini Mandir, Banke Bihari Temple, Raman Bihari, Bavari Temple, Gayatri Temple, Balaji Temple, Narmadeshwar Temple, Dhola Khedi Temple, Panchmukhi Temple, and Vishwakarma Temple. Chausath Yogini Temple is said to be one of the three oldest Chausath Mata temples of India, but it is not famous due to being in a rural area.
Soyat also has some mosques for its Muslim population. The biggest mosque is Jama Masjid on Patti Road. The residents of the town, irrespective of their religions, have a history of respecting the other religions by involving in each other's festivals and other occasions. For example, Muslims welcome their Hindu brothers in Dussera, whereas Hindus greet them on Eid with warm hearts.
Soyat has a number of well known and well organised schools in its neighbouring area. Prominent among them include Saraswati shishu vidhya mandir,Saint Kabir Public Higher Secondary School, Vivekanand Rashtriya Vidhyalaya,Kalidas Vidhya Niketan, Darshan Public School, Maharana Pratap Kids Academy and Government School. Many students also come here to study from other cities like Jirapur, Aagar, Pirawa and Susner.
Despite being a rural area, Soyat kalan has always attracted the people towards its efficient education by promoting merit level bright students. It has provided to the country, such bright and talented students which are doing great jobs in their respective fields. Such students are not only making their region or state proud on them, but also the country. It is also noteworthy that in the first time merit list of 10th class of the newly made Agar district, announced by M.P. Board on 14 May 2015, there were 3 students of Soyatkalan in the top three of Agar Malwa district.
Arts and culture
The city is artistic center for the Malwi region. The Malwi language is a major language; spoken by approx 20 million people and one of the prominent language of the State Madhya Pradesh but couldn't get much recognition. A Film 'The Impure Redemption' brought it an acknowledgment in the literary discourse.The film has been considered the first film of Malwi language. The film was made by Pawan Sharma, a resident of Soyat and an alumnus of Delhi University with a purpose to make Malwi traditions and culture popular and to create a cinematic awareness in the region. The film screened at some of the major Film festivals and Metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata etc. The film was a part of Berlinale film festival, Germany.
The annual Kavi Sammelan by the Kalidas Academy is also quite popular in the region. The Kavi Sammelan held at every Gudi Parwa; a much celebrated event by the people of the region.
Nearby towns and cities
Soyatkalan is surrounded by so many cities and Villages. There are more than 100 villages around Soyat. Main villages among them are Salyakhedi, Dongarganv, Dehriya, Dharonia, Nishania, Khedi, Dhanoda, Jiliyakhedi, Goghatpur, Kanthaliya, Kanthaliya Kheda, Soyat Khurd and Guradiya.
Kali Sindh basin
The Kali Sindh basin stretches between the southern and northern limits of the district. It occupies the major parts of Susner and Shajapur Tehsils and a very small part of Agar Tehsil. The southern part of the region is hilly whereas the northern part is plain. The hills gradually decrease in height form south to north. There are a few scattered hillocks in the central and northern parts also. The altitude of the region varies between 450 and 528 metres above mean sea level. Numerous streams originate form the hilly area and dissect the surface. Kali Sindh is the main river, which traversed the hills and flows further on the eastern border of the district. Lakundar is the main rivulets of Kali Sindh that flows northwards. Geologically the entire region is a part of the Deccan Trap of the Cretaceous Eocene period. Its main tributary, Kanthal River, is the largest source of water in Soyatkalan.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.