|District||Agar Malwa district|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||MP 70|
|Sex ratio||1000/944 ♂/♀|
Soyat kalan or Soyat Kalan or Soyat (Hindi: सोयत) 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. It is 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 the unique public higher secondary school, 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 Susner.
Despite being a rural area, Soyat Kalan has always attracted people towards its efficient education by promoting merit level bright students. It has provided to the country bright and talented students who are successful in their respective fields. Such students are not only making their region or state proud of them, but also the country.
Arts and culture
The city is the artistic center for the Malwi region. The Malwi language is a major language, spoken by approximately 20 million people. It is one of the prominent language of the State Madhya Pradesh, but could not get much recognition.
The annual Kavi Sammelan by the Kalidas Academy is also quite popular in the region. The Kavi Sammelan held at every Gudi Parwa is a much celebrated event by the people of the region.
Nearby towns and cities
- Jhalrapatan – 40 km
- Jhalawar – 45 km
- Ujjain – 120 km
- Kota – 110 km
- Indore − 180 km
- Jaipur – 300 km
- Bhopal – 225 km
Soyatkalan is surrounded by many cities and villages. There are more than 100 villages around Soyat. The main villages among them are Salyakhedi, Dongargaon(madhya Pradesh), Dehriya, Dharonia, Nishania, Khedi, Dhanoda, Jiriyakhedi, 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 from 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 from 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.